One of the easiest ways to memorize Bible verses is to set them to music. Music aids our memory and adds fun to the memorization process. Plus, songs tend to stick in our minds for a lifetime.
Since I am a firm believer in the value of memorizing Bible verses, I try to make Bible memory work a priority in my Bible classes. Younger children are especially good at memorizing, so don’t be afraid to challenge them.
To help my students memorize Bible verses more quickly and easily, I like to set the words of Bible verses to familiar childhood songs. That way, the students don’t have to learn a new melody. Think about songs your kids already know: nursery rhymes, folk songs, songs with simple melodies. Sometimes you have to try a few songs before you find the one that works best for the Bible verse you are trying to memorize.
This page contains some of the Bible verses I have set to song. There are PDF files of the songs with visuals that the kids can use while they memorize Bible verses. You can print these in color on white paper if you wish; however, I usually print them with black ink on brightly colored paper. Sometimes I choose a color of paper that will reinforce the words on that particular page. For example, if the words are about “light,” I might print them on yellow paper.
To use the visuals to memorize Bible verses during small-group time (for more information on this see my Bible Memorization main page), I punch a hole in the top left-hand corner of the printed pages of a song/Bible verse and attach them with a ring. (I make a copy for each small group.) That way kids can flip through the pages as they are practicing the Bible verse, and the words stay in order. Kids also use these to lead the class in the song, flipping through and showing the class the visuals as they lead.
Another thing I have done with the visuals is attach them to posterboard (you can use the front and back and flip back and forth) or tape them together into larger sheets. These are easier for kids to hold in front of the class while they are leading the songs.
Some of the PDF files of the Bible verses include a page with the words of the melody song beneath the words of the Bible verse to help you see how they correspond.
I have included an audio file with each song so you can hear how
the words of the Bible verse fit with the melody. I recorded these a
cappella with a small microphone plugged into my laptop, so please
excuse the quality. Also, you will probably need to turn up your sound
to hear them well.
Luke 24:47 is set to the tune of "Hickory, Dickory Dock."
John 3:5 is set to the tune of "Darling Clementine."
Acts 1:8 is set to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad."
Acts 2:4 is set to the tune of "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush."
Acts 2:38 is set to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It."
The visuals for the Acts 2:38 song are a little different than for the other songs. I made these visuals to be used with a larger class, so the words are larger, and there are fewer of them per page, resulting in 18 total pages in this PDF file. I usually tape these pages together like this:
I have several students come to the front of the class and hold the words, raising their particular section(s) when we get to those words.
Acts 4:12 is set to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."
James 4:17 is set to the tune of "Oh, You Can't Get to Heaven."
This is an echo, or call-repeat, song. For the first four lines of the song, one student sings and the rest of the class echoes. These lines are then repeated with everyone singing together. (My students love leading this song.)
1 John 1:7 is a song I learned in my childhood. Author unknown.
1 John 1:9 is set to the tune of "Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?"
You can read more about my ideas for making Bible memorization part of your Sunday school or Bible class, on my main Bible Memorization page. You can find more ideas, tips, and activities to help your students memorize Bible verses on my Memorization Tips page. My prayer is that you find all these songs, ideas, and activities helpful as you memorize Bible verses together. May God bless your efforts!
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