"And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Titus 3:15)
In our family we usually begin our school day with Bible. We are using The Bible Study Guide for All Ages as our main Bible curriculum. We use the King James Version (KJV) for both our studies and Bible memory. We also do the AWANA program at our church, again using the KJV.
It is interesting that Christians will shun the King James, but gush about their child learning Shakespeare (albeit full of sexual innuendos and filth) One can argue "Unto the pure all things [are] pure…" (Titus 1:5) and therefore the innuendos will go unnoticed.
However, the Scriptures say to "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (1 Thessalonians 5:21) Perhaps our time is better spent studying the lives and works of Godly men and women. But I digress…
According to homeschool expert Dr. Ruth Beechick, "Some recent research has shown that children memorize the KJV more easily than modern versions." One reason for this, she explains, has to do with the the rhythm in the word choices. (For the complete article see Family Scripture Memorizing at http://familyreformation.org/articles/render/family-scripture-memorizing/ .)
It is so refreshing to finally find a homeschool expert to validate my choices! In Dr. Beechick’s Homeschool Answer Book edited by Debbie Strayer, Dr. Beechick offers even more wisdom on Bible memorization.
She writes, "It is useful to learn verses by categories, such as salvation, giving, what to speak about, what to think and meditate on, commands for families, and so forth. And it’s helpful to learn by gimmicks, such as verses beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Some of the psalms were written according to the Hebrew alphabet so the people could more easily remember and sing the words to a long psalm." When my oldest was in Kindergarten we did the A Beka ABC memory verses. I was amazed at how quickly she learned the verses.
After reading her advice, "to learn longer passages…not verse by verse but as a whole," I have decided to include passages like Hebrews 11, Psalm 100, Psalm 23, and Matthew 6:9-13.
She also admonishes, "After you learn a passage, review it on what researches call a ‘diminishing schedule.’ That is, at first you review it every day, then every week for a while, then perhaps once a month, then twice a year and then once a year. You can tell whether to schedule your review sessions more or less often by how well your children recite at a review session."
I encourage every family to make time to study the Scriptures no matter what method or resources you choose.
For further study see:
Memory Verse Tips – http://www.memoryverse.net/tips.htm
Memory Verse Activities – http://msssbible.com/memoryverses/
Memory Activities – http://www.ebibleteacher.com/children/memory_exercises.htm