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Memorising Bible Verses

Posted by
spots (Singapore, Singapore) on 4 December 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

A couple of months ago, we borrowed a Veggie Tales Bible from the Toa Payoh Library, which is the library closest to us since we moved in May.

I didn't think much of it at the point of borrowing, but when we started reading through it, I found it very useful for a couple of reasons:

Each chapter starts with a scenario between Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber. It's usually a typical scene about someone not sharing, or someone being bullied, or someone being selfish.

This then leads into a usually-hilarious story that is based on a bible story--from the picture above, "King George and the Ducky" is one example of said usually-hilarious story--this story is based on the story of David & Bathsheeba!

THEN, still within the same chapter, the REAL Bible story is told--VERBATIM--word for word from the Bible! I find this unique for a children's bible.

And finally, the chapter ends with a return to the scenario first put forward at the beginning of the chapter, with some resolution involved, i.e., Bob decides to be kinder, Larry learns to share etc.,

AND, then there's a Bible verse to sum up the whole scenario/lesson. These are actual Bible verses, but phrased in a way that kids can understand--check out the Bible verse in the picture.

So, what we've been doing for the past 3 months is... going through this bible, and memorising the verses together as a family! (I returned the book, and bought my own at SKS!)

It's been a wonderful experience to see the kids memorise the word of God, and it's also good for situations that come up, e.g., I can now use God's word to tell Daniel, "not to do anything just to get ahead, instead be free of pride, think of others as better than yourself."

I am truly amazed at how fantastic kids' memories are. However, like adults, Dan and Ben are not so good at matching the chapter and verse, with the actual bible verse. So now that we've completed one round of verses, I'm currently revising with them and getting them to match the actual verses with what chapter/verse they belong to.

All in all, this has been a good experience and I just wanted to recommend this Bible as one possible way of getting kids to memorise Bible verses. Now that we're done, I have to start thinking of what to do next with the kids! Any suggestions?