I have worked in Christian Education for several years.
After many years of teaching Sunday School and teaching in a private Christian school, I have developed different, but fun ways to help students learn scriptures.
1-Use Scripture Puzzles
Hands on learning is my thang! Ok, that sounded crazy; let me re-phrase that more professionally. As a teacher, I deeply enjoy giving students an opportunity to learn with hands-on experiences.
With memory verses or scriptures that my students are learning, I cut the verse into strips and put them in envelops or small ziploc baggies for students to put together as a puzzle. (By the way, I take all those junk mail envelopes and “re-purpose” them for all sorts of things!)
2-Creating Cloze Scripture Passages
Cloze reading is helpful for all sorts of reading comprehension building. It’s no different with learning Bible verses.
I have a resource here that features tons of scripture in cloze passages with and without a word bank for students to get extra practice with these.
3-Add Movement and Hand Motions to Scriptures
Movement and hands-on learning go hand-in-hand for me! HA! Get it, hand movement with hand-in-hand…ok, bad joke. But the point is, scriptures with movement stick like glue to a child’s memory.
4-Put Scriptures to Melody and Make a Song Out of Them
Scripture to song is just like scripture to movement: my kiddos over the year come back and sing scripture songs to me that we learned before. Choose a familiar nursery rhyme tune. Get students involved and have them make up a scripture song. Or you can access tons of them on YouTube!
5- Engaging and Fun Repetition
We should not underestimate repetition, but we also shouldn’t make it so boring. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for exclusive content featuring engaging ideas to incorporate practicing scripture.
6-Use Games to Learn Scriptures
I will take any familiar game and revise it to practice learning scriptures.
SPARKLE, which is usually played to learn spelling words, can be used to learn scriptures
I will hide phrases or words of a Bible verse around the classroom and have students work in teams to do a “Scripture Scavenger Hunt.”
Once they find the phrases or words of the verse, they work as a team to put the verse together in order. If you have several teams/groups playing this game, color-code their phrases on colorful index cards like these.
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