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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Scripture Caterpillar

Earlier this week, Marilyn encouraged you to train your children to daily memorize Scripture, and she guided you through the way she has done this over the years.

I have a fun project that can be used with Scripture Memory in your home. This is something that my mom did with me and my brother when we were younger. We actually did it in relation to how many books we read, as an incentive to get us to read more.

However, you could also use this as an incentive to your children to memorize.
Now, we don't want our kids to always think that they "deserve" a prize or a reward for memorizing God's Word. But, it does help some children to work towards a goal. Also, there is a Scriptural principle to be taught. Hebrews 11: 6 says that God is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Teach your children that there are great rewards for those who seek God, to know His ways. That is why we learn and memorize His Word, isn't it? To seek Him?
First, talk with them about the ways God rewards those who seek Him. (Proverbs 2 and 3 are a good place to look to see the benefits and "rewards" of those who seek for God's wisdom.)

So, think up a special reward for your child. Maybe it will be a special lunch out with mom, or a night out for ice cream with dad.

Then, set a goal. Perhaps it will be 50 verses, or 100 verses. Or maybe you prefer to learn passages. So, maybe it will be 10 passages of Scripture. Obviously, keep in mind the child's age and ability to memorize. The point is to encourage them, not discourage them with an impossible task. But, at the same time, do set a high standard that will stretch them a little bit.

So, here's the project:
Scripture Caterpillar

You will need:
Assorted colors of construction paper
Something round to trace (maybe a glass or plastic cup, or cookie cutter)

Find a space on your wall or a whiteboard or even around a door frame where you can tape up each circle.

~Cut out circles (if your goal is 50 verses, cut out 50 circles per child)

~With an additional circle- draw on a "face" for the caterpillar- this is the first circle to be added to your wall.

~ Now, whenever your child learns a verse, and knows it well, You add the next part of the caterpillar's body (circle) to the wall. Write on that circle the reference of the verse they have learned. It was always an exciting time to be able to add the next circle!

~ As the number of verses they have memorized, grows, so does your caterpillar! Soon, you will have a long caterpillar filled with the verses they have memorized.

~ Each day, review the verse on each "circle" of the caterpillar. This makes it easy for the child to see what he has learned and it will also be exciting for them to see their caterpillar grow and grow, as they grow and grow in the Word! =)

~ Whenever a child reaches his/her goal, he gets his "reward".

This is a fun project that I remember enjoying when I was little. I'm sure many of you will have more ideas to build upon this one! As I said, my mom used it to help us read more. For each book we read, a circle was added.

This is also a nice project because it is suitable for very young children as well as middle school and even pre-teens.

I hope you will enjoy learning God's word with your children!

~Kari Boyer

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Blogger Robin said...

I just wanted to say thank you to your lovely family. My husband and I love your products and ideas. One of my sons actually asked for your books and curriculum for his BIRTHDAY!

Blessings to you all,
Robin Mureiko

September 25, 2009 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Sheri said...

This is such a great idea! I'm going to do this next week with my little ones. Thank you!!

~ Sheri

September 25, 2009 at 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Angela O. said...

Kari, I love this idea and definitely am going to use this. Thanks!

Angela O'Brien:)

September 25, 2009 at 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Cardamom's Pod said...

Great idea, especially for my little ones! I've followed your family since your first book "Yes, they're all ours" - we had one child at the time - now we have nine!

September 25, 2009 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger vicduncan said...

We built a scripture caterpillar just like you described from the time our daughter was 2 until 5. It now circles the entire upper portion of the wall, forming a ring around her room. At night before bed, we review a couple of the verses. Another neat thing we did was that she drew a picture on each caterpillar piece, illustrating the verse. It is so sweet to see the way she interprets each verse with a picture, and to have a visual memory of her improving art skill.

September 26, 2009 at 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Kelly Pinkham said...

Thanks! I'm going to use this with both of my kids! Probably a verse AND a book one. How fun! :) I'll be cutting lots of circles this weekend!

September 29, 2009 at 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Tina said...

Fun idea! Anne & I started her verse catepillar this week--it's nice to have another fun motivator.:)

September 30, 2009 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger barbara said...

New to this blog - LOVE it! What a terrific idea. We write our verses on foam cut-outs and hang them all over the walls! I just bought a package of foam circles and hearts at the Dollar Store for our verses - I think I'll turn them into caterpillars.

October 14, 2009 at 12:44 PM  
Anonymous sfirestorm said...

Your suggestion is working great for us! What a fun way to reinforce what we have learned...thanks!

November 12, 2009 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Vicky said...

Hi Kari! My husband really appreciate your ministry to our family and to so many others. We're looking forward to enriching our Godly legacy with consistant scripture memory. We have 6 children who will love the caterpillar idea. It will be colorful and lots of fun for the whole family! Thank you and blessings to you and yours.

April 5, 2011 at 9:49 PM  

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