We’re committed to helping you raise your children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. In that spirit, here are a number of resources to help your children memorize the Bible.
If you’re not familiar with the Slugs and Bugs albums, you should be. Andrew Peterson and Randall Goodgame are Raffi for the 21st century (some of you will get that reference). Slugs & Bugs & Lullabies, along with its follow-up Slugs & Bugs Underwhere?, primarily contain silly songs, along with a handful of lullabies. Sing the Bible offers a number of biblical passages, slightly modified from the NIV, in catchy tunes that aren’t cheesy. We’ll be using a number of these songs in our Children’s Time on Sunday.
There are a number of solid albums in this collection. Again, the aim is to put the Bible to decent music to help with memorization.
For those who are a little more ambitious and don’t mind an older style of music, I’ve personally been very enriched by these arrangements of the Psalms from David Erb at Christ Church in Moscow, ID. We sing these in my classes at Bethlehem College & Seminary, and I’ve sung many of them to my boys before bed. The advantage they offer is that you can quickly learn an entire psalm (in the New King James Version), rather than simply memorizing isolated verses. Free mp3 downloads are available at the Christ Church website, and the Songbook is available for purchase online or in the Bethlehem College & Seminary bookstore. We will also most likely be introducing some of these psalms in Children’s Time.
The Fighter Verse Program
The Fighter Verse program from Children’s Desiring God and Bethlehem Baptist Church is a great way to systematically memorize Scripture. With apps for iPhone and Android as well as the verses put to music, this is a great way to memorize Scripture as a family. They also offer a number of articles on the value of memorization, as well as tips on how to memorize better.
We hope these resources help you and your children to meditate on God’s word, day and night, to eat God’s book and digest it so that it becomes a part of who you are.