One of many things that my mom did a GREAT job on when we were kids was helping us to memorize scripture. She knew that the younger the child the more easily they can memorize things and pick up key truths. I know so many passages of scripture because of her work and commitment to helping us learn God's word. All too often, we focus on learning A,B,C's and counting and reading and colors and how to dress, etc. but we overlook what scripture has commanded us to do
These words which I am commanding you this day
shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children,
and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
and when you walk by the way, and when you
lie down, and when you rise.
I have done scripture memorization with my kids for a couple of years now - off and on and going in spurts of consistency. When I saw this book suggested on a blog, I thought it would be the perfect addition to our family. I would have a bank of 26 verses we could learn and we could tie them to the alphabet too!
We have been fairly consistent with learning the verses with this book. Since I am usually done my lunch while the trio is still eating, it gives me something to do. We learn the verse with motions, which they help me come up with, and there is always a great application story to help the kids learn the truths that are contained in the scripture of the day. The only drawback I have found to this book is that sometimes they only give a portion of the actual verse, so we have tried to learn the whole verse whenever we could, instead of just the snippet.
While Simeon was a part of what we were doing, I really wasn't focused on him learning the verses (since he was only about 13 months when we started), so I was shocked when one day he started doing the motions with us! This is my little guy who still doesn't talk consistently, but here he was doing signs for the verses!
My mom was right. We truly underestimate what young children are capable of learning - especially when it comes to God's word.
Below is a video of him doing his favorite verse. Ignore the goose egg on his head and the food all over him. We had just finished eating... :)