I've found that when helping my kids memorize Scripture (and anything, really!), it helps A TON when I break down the verse into its grammatical structure. Plus I get the bonus of doing a little grammar. Fun! (Says the grammar nut. Don't worry. I think you'll like it--even if you're not a grammar nut.) Are you ready?
Recently, Christian memorized Matthew 6:25.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
In the body of this verse, those parallel repeated phrases pop right out.
"What you will eat or drink"
If I can get Christian to remember the words, "about your" and "what you will," then he just has to plug in the other word(s). Isn't that cool?
As we observe, we find another handy-dandy structure. Do you see how the first pair of phrases connects with the second pair?
do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink
or about your body, what you will wear
"Life" connects with "eat or drink" because you need to eat and drink to live. (I figured that out myself. Ha ha.)
"Body" connects with "clothes" for obvious reasons (as Christian Boy said, "You don't want to walk around naked!")
But wait. There's more! Finally, the verse winds down with an easy-to-remember question that again restates the previous thoughts. (So helpful, this repetition!)
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
"Food" (corresponds to "eat or drink")
Clothes" (corresponds to "wear")
Remembering it's a restatement in the form of a question jogs their memory. Yay!
I had Christian draw lines (in orange) to all the different connections in the verse. He had fun!
Hi-Tech Graphic by Ocieanna Fleiss
This is so exciting, don't you think? Well, maybe it's just exciting to me because I'm a grammar nut, but I've found that doing this really does help ground the verse in my student's mind. Plus, since all these nifty memorization helps are already there in the text, might as well use them!
I hope this is helpful and not too technical. What do you think? How do you help your kids memorize? And here's another post
I did on this topic.
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