Motherhood~There is no more demanding work in all the world, no more awe-inspiring job description than raising godly seed. It will challenge all the genius, talent and grace that any human being could possess… It is the highest calling any woman can enter. ~Walter J. Chantry

2.08.2011

Scripture Catapillars

Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee

Deuteronomy 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Teaching our children to memorize the Scripture has been laiden on my heart for quite some time now. I never did this as a child, truthfully, and I look back and wonder if I had...would I have avoided certain heartaches? I will never quite know for sure but I wish to enstill in my children a love for the Bible. My prayer for them is to know the Bible...to fall in love with the Bible...to know the pages within their hearts. To know Jesus' Promises word for word is an amazing comfort and will not only be of a help to them but to others they minister to in the future.

Jesus when tempted by Satan quoted Scripture in Matthew Chapter 4. In Hebrews 4:12 we are told, "For the Word of God is For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

It is critical for children to learn the Word. Sometimes, it can be hard to know the best way to go about this. I have found Ruth Beechick has great insights on how children should memorize.

A really fun and visual way to get your children excited is to start a Scripture Catapillar. This is not my orginal idea! I first learned about it from Marilyn Boyer who is a homeschooling mother, speaker, and author. I love Marilyn's articles and books. She is a lovely inspiration. Her website is here.

Here is a picture of our catapillar:






Unfortunately, the picture is blurry because I had to take it with my cell phone!! {My camera's charger is MIA currently! :( }
 
For every verse your child memorizes you place that verse on a round peice of construction paper and hang up as part of your catapillars body! We hope to get our catapillar growing around all four walls! It is really exciting and fun to see the catapillar growing l-o-n-g-e-r and my boys are learning the Word! We keep reviewing the verses that are hung up while learning new Scriptures. It takes different amount of times to learn different verses but keep going at it! It is so rewarding to hear children quote Scripture! I also have always included Noah who is 3 but when we started was 2. He was a bit young to get every word but he has caught on quite nicely now and delights in being a part of the fun with his big brother!
 
I hope this in some way or another motivates you to keep on or get started memorizing the Word with your children! :-[)

4 comments:

Sarah beth said...

Oooohh you did change up your look here, the buttons are too cute! Love your blog!!

I cant believe you cant find your charger, mine has been missing for over a week now :(

I love this idea and I am going to start it tmrw..I have a fresh new packet of colored paper, yay!

Memorizing scripture is SO important to me too. Its sad that I never did as a child but I am learning with my children. Its wonderful when you hear them state a scripture, often its more then me! I love childrens excitement! Thanks for sharing the idea girl!

Ann@StringerMama said...

I really like this idea - just found your blog and I'm loving it! I might have to try it out for my 3 year old! She needs a little more motivation and that might be just right! :0)

{esther} said...

Amanda,
Thanks for stopping by and linking up for "Simply Homemaking Tuesdays" Hope you visit again. :0) What an absolutely wonderful idea! My children are memorizing many verses! {For School, Church and Family Bible Time} Often sometimes it's hard to display them so they can keep them fresh in their memory. What a GREAT idea! We will have to try this. Thanks so much for sharing! Blessings.

Sarah D said...

Thats a great idea, I really need to do scripture memorisation with my children, we have a go occasionally but haven't been very consistent with it! Love the caterpillars though
Sarah