1. Choose a CD that your family needs. That means you will work on those 12 verses until everyone knows them. It may take a year.
2. Make a Verse book. I like the flip index card books. You can buy them at the grocery store. I put the verse on one side and choose one memory word to be our remember word. You can print the memory cards Here.
3. On our way to church we listen to the CD. The kids pick a song and listen to it 4 or so times and see if we can sing it. We only live 10 minutes from Church. We do this on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. I also try to have them on in the background as we drive around town in order to review of one we have already learned.
4. I have also found it important to draw out the verse for the kids. Most of the time they don’t understand the verse, even if they know the words.
I leave it on the counter in the kitchen so at breakfast, lunch or snack I will call out the memory word and see if the kids can sing the song. Sometimes I leave it in the car for carpool.
If you get the verse you can have a chocolate chip or blow out a candle (my kids love to to blow our candles)!
It is that simple. My 2 year olds are even singing along.
I think the hardest part of scripture memorization is making it part of your life. If the system is to hard most people will not stick with it. Don’t worry about your note book being pretty or spending a certain amount of time listing to the songs. The more you learn the more excited you will get. When it comes to kids don’t forget the power of incentives. We try to get ice-cream when they know all the songs, it's a good investment in their spiritual maturity.