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Scripture Memorization for Homeschool

Updated on November 8, 2011
Memorizing Bible Verses to Help Your Children Grow in God
Memorizing Bible Verses to Help Your Children Grow in God | Source

Help Your Children Hide God's Word in Their Hearts

Committing Bible verses to memory is a worthy pursuit both mentally and spiritually. On the mental side, when children memorize verses, their minds get a disciplined workout. From the spiritual perspective, knowing scripture by heart offers a rich heritage to call upon just as the Bible says in Psalm 119:11, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

Choosing Scripture

The Bible is a huge book. How do you choose verses for your children to memorize?

I suggest you select a combination of Old Testament and New Testament verses so that your children will be familiar with more books of the Bible. Select verses that your children will benefit from in some way. Of course, all of the Bible is "profitable for instruction," but some verses are especially relevant to children.

Here are some of my favorite verses for children to memorize:

What Bible Version Should You Use?

This question can bring out some passionate responses in people, and if you have strong feelings about a specific version of the Bible, by all means, use it! But if you're not sure which to use, consider these tips.

The Case for the King James Bible

The KJV was published at the same time of Shakespeare, so the language is that of Elizabethan England. If you desire to expose your children to that kind of language, memorizing verses from the KJV is a great option. Many scholars have praised the beauty of the language used in the KJV and claim that it is actually easier to memorize because of its poetics. In addition, many literary allusions to the Bible use the KJV.

The Case for a Modern Translation

If your primary aim is for your children to internalize the truths of Scripture, their understanding is essential. In that case, you may want a translation that they can easily comprehend such as one of these:

  • New International Version (NIV)
  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Minibook bible verse cards.
Minibook bible verse cards. | Source


Index Cards System

This system builds in continual review. Write the verse you want to memorize on an index card, and study it for one week. When the next week comes, begin to memorize a new verse while you review the old verse. Keep adding verses to your card file each week. Read more about this technique at The Homeschool Classroom.

Add a Phrase Technique

With this technique, you being at the end of the verse. Memorize a few words or a phrase from the end of the verse. The next day, add on a few more words before that ending phrase. Continue in this fashion until you have added on all of the verse and can say it from memory from beginning to end.

First Letter Method

This method uses a crutch to help you memorize. On an index card, write the first letter of each word in the verse. (You can capitalize and use punctuation if you like.) Try to "read" the verse by looking only at your first letter clues. Do this repeatedly until you can recite the verse without the crutch at all.


This is my preferred method. Listen to Bible verses in the form of songs. It will take only minutes each day, and you will easily memorize them. Some of my favorite Bible memory songs are by the Harrow family. I still hear the tunes in my mind when my preacher quotes some of those verses.

Using Music to Learn

Seeds Family Worship Music CDs are another choice in using music to memorize Bible verses. The music is appropriate for children, but not done in that childish style that can be irritating to parents. That's why they are aptly called family music.


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      David Steffy 5 years ago from Southern Ohio

      Awesome!!! You put a lot of useful information into short and to-the-point segments. My wife and I homeschool our 5 little (and tall) children and we can definitely relate to what you have shared here. Great hub! Blessings


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      Pidgen 5 years ago

      I kind of agree with Sandra - I memorize using the KJV and I actually feel that it encourages me to learn more and apply more. If a verse is confusing then I am more apt to study it. Way better then just taking the NIV/'easier' translation at face value. As I've grown, and learned Greek and Hebrew, the KJV grows as well! I love that. Granted, I am also a HUGE fan of the ESV. Just wanted to say that poetry allows us to grow at our own rate. :)

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      Sandra 6 years ago

      We are not KJV only in our home. We mainly use NKJV, NASB and KJV. Without going into a lot of debate, I would just like to encourage you to carefully examine and perhaps further study what you have presented as "the case for KJV". The way you have presented it here highly criticizes the KJV claiming that children cannot understand truth if taught from it. Perhaps it is better not to make a recommendation at all if "the cases" are not presented more fairly with better research as to why many people do choose KJV. There are many other reasons why people would want their children to use KJV as a primary source for God's Word (have you ever met anyone who grew up memorizing from KJV and was or is unable to apply it's truth because it was KJV? Perhaps there may need to be a slight bit more discussion on a word or phrase, but is that so bad either?).

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      The Hill Hangout 6 years ago

      Most of the scripture I know today, I memorized as a child. We BELIEVE in scripture memory in this house! I have written about WHY we memorize scripture here: And here is HOW: Hope it encourages you to keep going!

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      Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Well written and instructive hub. My mom taught me scripture as a child and would challenge me into my adult life to recall and recite what she had taught. Psalm 119:11 was the first scripture I recall ever learning. Even though my mom went to be with the Lord in 1999 I still recall and recite verses learned as a child (I'm now 68) surprising many at my church.

      Thank God for a Christian mom that saw worth in hiding scripture within the heart of a child. Rated up & beautiful...

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      mulberry1 6 years ago

      Good memorization tips.