Ever since my children were tiny, I have desired that they would know God's word. As I began homeschooling my son, I was even more convinced that I needed to be diligent in this area of scripture memorization. I found that memorizing scripture wasn't very difficult for me or my children, but retaining those precious morsels in our memory was a whole different subject! We would memorize a scripture, move on to the next one and find that we had forgotten the one we had just finished! All that changed when I stumbled on (or rather was led there by a faithful God who honors the desire of those who seek to know Him more) to an excellent scripture memory system. I have gladly shared this system with all who ask. I find that there are so many moms that have the same dilemma that I had with my kids. The solution came in the form of a index card box. My children and I now retain ALL scripture that we memorize.
The system is easy to put together and utilize. All you need are a few simple things-an index card box, tabbed dividers (you can print some out @ http://simplycharlottemason.com/wp-content/uploads/2005/08/tab-cards.pdf),index cards and a bible! All this info can be found at http://simplycharlottemason.com/timesavers/memorysys/, but I've included it here for your convenience.The first step is to label your dividers. Label the dividers and put them into the box in this order:
1 divider — Daily
1 divider — Odd
1 divider — Even
7 dividers — Days of the Week (Sunday, Monday, etc.-Though I only do Monday-Friday)
31 dividers — Numbered 1-31
Next you're going to want to use the index cards to write down any verses you and your family already have memorized. It's okay if you have none-you will be amazed at how much you are going to know within a short period of time! Make sure you use a different card for each verse and label the top of the card with the reference. Put those index cards behind the numbered tabs, but make sure you spread them out evenly. After doing that, you need to write down on the index cards the verses you want to memorize. Put one verse (this is the verse you will begin memorizing) behind the "Daily" tab. When you start this system, you won't have any cards behind the Even, Odd or Days of the Week tabs. As you memorize scripture, these will fill in. Now the fun part! Each day you will say together the verses behind four dividers:
Odd or Even
Day of the Week
Date of the Month
So if today is Tuesday, the 3rd, you will say the verses behind Daily, Odd (because 3 is an odd number), Tuesday, and 3. The next day (Wednesday, the 4th), you will say the verses behind Daily, Even, Wednesday, and 4. Keep in mind that only the verse behind Daily is a new one that you are memorizing; all the others are just review.
Lastly, when your children have memorized the scripture behind the Daily tab, you will move that scripture to either the Odd or Even tab, that scripture to one of the Days of the Week tabs and that scripture to one of the numbered Dates of the Month tabs. Now you can start memorizing a new verse, yet in a month you will have reviewed every memorized scripture at least once! What a wonderful way to equip and nourish our kids with God's word!