Wednesday, October 05, 2011

What We Use for Scripture Memory & Catechism

Catechism isn't just for Catholics.  :)

Our homeschool day starts with scripture memory time.   Lydia (8) and I work together on her verses in the dining room, while Mary (11) and Catherine (10) go into the living room and work together on theirs.  We set the timer for 15 minutes and, surprisingly this is sufficient!   Lydia usually gets one verse down in that time, and we still have time to work on her other verses.  I like to use the Scripture Memory booklets from Scripture Memory Fellowship.  Even though my personal favorite translations are the ESV and the NASB 1977 version, and most of our school reading is out of the NLT, we have chosen the NKJV booklets to memorize from.  For a long time I couldn't decide what translation to use for scripture memory... after all, these verses stick with you for a lifetime... but I spent so much time hemming and hawing I realized NO scripture would stick with us for a lifetime if we didn't start memorizing it, so I closed my eyes and picked one, so to speak.  :)

After our scripture memory time, we roll into our Catechism time.   I read from Training Hearts Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism.  I like this book because it is divided by days of the week, and all I have to do is read from that day's lesson.  After we have read through that, the girls open up their Westminster Shorter Catechism for Kids workbooks by Caroline Weerstra.   Lydia and I work through hers together, and Mary & Catherine work independently.   I feel the workbooks help cement what they learned from the devotions... instead of just listening, they get to write down what they learned, and give it that little extra boost.

That's what our homeschool does for Bible.   In my next homeschool post I will talk about what we use for History & Geography.  :)


Rebecca said...

I wanted to come over and thank you for your comment and the Charlotte Mason explanation of the quote I used the other day. It goes right along with the chapter re. children that we're studying this morning at our Ladies' Bible Study from "Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets them Free" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. That last sentence of C.M. is classic! (Well, ALL of C.M. is classic!)

I appreciate and applaud your Scripture memory and catechism approach. May God bless your day, your children, and your home.

Mrs. Mobunny said...

My favorite Bible studies for the kids have been old books I have found at sales and thrift stores. Right now Lydia is studying through the Bible with this old book? Simplified Bible Lessons on the Old and New Testaments from Firm Foundation Publishing House....1944.

Lesson 5
1. How did God appear to Abram? Genesis 15:1

I love read it, answer it type booklets.

Hind's Feet said...

Mrs Mo, I just looked up that book on Amazon, and I see it's by Showalter and Davis! I like books by Showalter and Davis.

I also have Balancing the Sword which is two HEAVY volumes of read it & answer it type books. I am wanting to go through them after we are done with the Catechism, but I'm not quite sure how to do that yet with multiple children at once.