ok the tip I have that I am sure you have heard a 100 times is a song with clapping. the voice behind the memory and the clapping in my opinion helps add the syllables and rhythm of the verse! this works well with my kids and others i have taught memorizing verses.
take old mc donald for instance:
use that beat and choose a verse that best goes with it use other little songs and tweek it to your verse!
hope this helps.
Ooh, I like!
I had found some Awana printables on homeschool creations but when I went to look for them, I saw that she was asked by the Awana organization to take them down. So, just a heads up if anyone was thinking of creating printables:
My boys are probably starting Awana this fall. I'm a little nervous about sending my two year old who has a major speech delay but hopefully his Awana teacher will be understanding. The two year program only goes for an hour and then they just play.
But I'd love some tips too for helping the really little ones learn their verses.
Good point, Jackie! I want to say that a girlfriend of mine knows of a website that has cards for each Awana verse, but she doesn't call them Awana verses; she just posts the verses.
I think Awana also has a CD to go with each of the levels. A few of my friends have these. You learn each verse to a song...cool!
Jackie, I co-taught the 2 year old (Puggles) Awana program at my church last year (this year I am moving up to the Cubbie room) They learned 4 verses through out the whole year and they were super simple (God is Love, God made everything....) In our group we repeated them a lot and made it fun (my co-teacher tossed a beanbag around a circle and when the child caught it they had to say the verse) There were a few kids who wouldn't say it or had trouble saying it. But we didn't make a big deal out of it. Good luck. My 2 year old daughter is starting Puggles this year too, I am a little nervous because she is a Mama's girl :)
This will be my 4 year old's 3rd year and she loves going (Cubbies learn a new verse every week.) At home I usually had her repeat it back to me in silly voices -- like a squeaky mouse, like a robot, singing it. That seamed to work best for her.
Thanks Jodie, that's a big help. We started last night and it seemed to go well. They had fun and I'm excited about all that they can learn. Thanks for the tips. I love the different verses. Sounds fun.
One idea I did last year with my oldest was write the entire verse on an erasable surface. Read the entire verse together. Then, STARTING WITH THE LAST WORD, he erases one word at a time. We still quote the entire verse, even the missing word. In the end, he's quoting the entire verse with no words. He seemed to like this one. I've been thinking about posting some ideas to incorporate literacy, but would need to collect a few more ideas. :)
Here are some thoughts I've had about Bible memory as I contemplate my childhood and what I want for my children.
Love it! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post! Have you pinned it to the collaborative board, yet?