Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Scripture Memorization Tip

On a recent episode of "On the Box" (at about the 27:00 minute mark) we received a question from the chat room regarding Scripture memorization. Both Ray and Chad has great suggestions. I would like post here the tip I shared during the show. I'll call it the "Homeschool Memorization Method."I've tried several different Scripture memorization plans and methods. But I always seem to come back to this one.

The Mianos have been a homeschool family for almost fifteen years. I've yet to meet a homeschool family that doesn't have at least one dry erase board somewhere in the house. They serve as modern-day chalkboards, calendars, school schedules, task lists, and note pads.

Several years ago I started to use a dry erase board to help me with my Scripture memorization. This particular method utilizes several different disciplines of learning--visual, auditory, verbal, and written. I have found it to be both a simple and effective method for Scripture memorization. It's not very glamorous, but it works.


First, you need a dry erase board. I picked one up at Staples last night for about $10. The one I am using is 11" x 17" in size. I like this size because it is lightweight, portable, yet with plenty of room to write out longer verses or passages. And, of course, you will need a dry erase pen. Get one with a fine tip, for easier writing and smaller printing. Your total investment will be about $12-15.

Begin by selecting the verse you want to memorize, in the translation from which you read and/or study. I memorized John 17:3 last night, so I will use this verse as an example.

Write the verse on the board, complete with punctuation; and write the reference before and after the verse.

Recite aloud the verse reference, the verse, and then the verse reference again. Make sure that you not only read each word, but look at each word as you do. Even if parts of the verse are familiar to you, it is important that you look at every word.

Now, erase the first appearance of the verse reference. Recite aloud the verse reference, the verse, and then the verse reference again.

You've already begun the memorization process.

Now, repeat the process, erasing a single word each time, before reciting the verse. Once you've erased everything, including the last Scripture reference, you have recited the verse several times.

The next thing you do is rewrite the verse on the board, just as you had it the first time--reference, verse, reference. Rewrite the verse by memory. Don't look at your Bible. Once you've rewritten the verse, check to make sure what you wrote on the board is correct. And then start the reciting/erasing process again.

Using John 17:3 (ESV) as an example, by following this method you will recite the verse forty-three times. Last night, in about twenty minutes, I memorized John 17:3. An indicator to me that I retained the verse came this morning when I was able to recite the verse from memory.

Give it a try. And let me know how it goes by sharing your comments on this post.