At my house, we are starting simply. We are going to meditate and hopefully memorize one verse a week of the summer. We have a 10-week summer so I have chosen our verses and coupled them with questions and even a link to some cool graphics for the kids to color. So, it occurred to me that if I shared this, it might just free up some of your time to actually spend with your kids! Here are the verses, I have shared 11 verses just in case you don’t want a specific verse or are lucky enough to have a longer summer than us!
If you would like to use the verses sheets with questions for each week of your summer just comment on this blog below. Please be sure to include your email address and I will get them sent to you right away.
These are the questions they will answer for each weekly verse:
- Who was this verse written to/for (audience)?
- Why was it written (author’s purpose)?
- How does it apply to you and your life?
- Do you think God is trying to tell you anything specific with this verse?
During the week, my kids will also:
- Find the verse themselves in their own Bible and highlight or color it.
- Write the verse in their journal (this can be a really cool step for artistic children, let them illustrate the verse as well.) If your kids don’t have a journal, use one of the thousand spiral notebooks left over from school and let them decorate the cover.
- Read the verses in context, sometimes even the whole chapter (Having the kids read to each other out loud promotes more discussion. This is even a great step to do over a couple of weeknight dinners.)
Here are two samples of the verses and questions:
Week # 8
“Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interest of others.”
- What does rivalry mean?
- What does conceit mean?
- What about humility?
- How can I help others?
- How can I remember to think about others instead of just myself?
- What is something I can do for someone else today?
- This week?
As a follow up read Philippians 2:1-4 in the Message translation.
Sample of Week #2 Hebrews 11:1
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
- What is faith?
- Why should we have faith in God?
- How can we be certain of what we can’t see with our eyes?
- How can you “see” that your parents love you?
- What other senses are equally as important as sight?
As parents, make sure you are caught writing these verses in your Bible too. Make sure you have memorized them at the end of the week. This is a great time to look for cool insights in commentaries to share with your kids one morning.
This is the website where I found some corresponding graphics for most of the verses, there is even a site where you can make your own graphics.