Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Illustrated Bible Memory

So how do you teach Bible passages to young children? Let me show you how. The computer has made this easy as pie. Since September I have been teaching my children Psalm 147. I'm just picking and choosing a few verses in there. We aren't memorizing the entire chapter but almost all of it. The children were forever getting the verses mixed up so I made this copy of the verses in Microsoft Word and printed them out on paper; one picture to a page. As they recite the verses I flip to the picture that goes with it. Are you interested in seeing how this works?

Okay here is Psalm 147 in pictures.

Praise ye the Lord for it is good to sing praises unto our God.

He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.

Sing unto the Lord with Thanksgiving;

Sing praise upon the harp unto our God.

Who covereth the heavens with clouds,

Who prepareth rain for the earth,

Who maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains.

He giveth to the beast his food,

And to the young ravens which cry.

He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth;

His Word

runneth very swiftly.

He giveth snow like wool;

He scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes, he casteth forth his ice like morsels;

Who can stand before His cold?

He sendeth out His word and melteth them,
He causes the wind to blow,

and the waters flow.

Great is our Lord,

and of great power.

His understanding is infinite. Psalm 147

The children are having no trouble learning it now. Of course, Peters favorite picture is "He sendeth out His word". Of course that is just down his line! And that little cloud blowing wind should be bigger. I loved him so and when I went to enlarge him in google clip art, lo, he had been removed and you couldn't enlarge it. I just went with the little image in google and then I enlarged it in Word. So on the kids papers it is a big cloud blowing wind.

Peter calls the part where God sends clouds, rain and grass, the rain cycle. He had no problem memorizing that part even before the pictures were done. But my dear little Tink with the processing disorder wasn't helped by trying to recall Peters rain cycle. Of the three children memorizing this she does, however, have it down the best and can recite the most of it even without the pics.

Well I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. No go make your own and see what you can come up with. If you do I would love to see what you have done. Be sure to link it in the comments here.


  1. Great share! The photos are good cues for memory verses. I would like to print them out for my 4yodd with your permission. I like "He giveth snow like wool"...most. We've been using Sing the Word cds with my older kids since they were small. They still remember all of the verses they have learned. Isn't it a blessing we all have these many ways available in teaching God's Word to our kids?

  2. Sure maria go ahead. I got the photos off the Internet so I have no copyright on them. :)

  3. Very neat. I will for sure take to doing this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. The sheep!! THE SHEEP!!! *grin* Okay, so you can tell what picture I like the best LOL

    I've done something like this with Cindy before, picture clues ~ heh, doesn't work as well for Christopher. :-P

  5. Well, I think the book of genesis illustrated was a classic, although much more suitable for the older ones. Some of us appreciate Crumb as a trend setter and yes, he did break through the wall of censorship that went up after the Congressional comic book hearings in the ’50s. I had a sneak peak of the book of genesis illustrated here and wanted to compare more independent opinions.

    Sure, there are better illustrators but none that would deliver the Bible from his POV. I think of Crumb as the cartoonist’s Ivan Albright.
    He could draw/paint the loveliest subject and still make you wonder if there wasn’t something rotten just out of view.


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