The Psalm 100 Memory Booklet was designed to be used with the Books of Poetry project folder. Like all the activities in that folder, it can be used independently as well. The activity can be done in 8 class sessions. I did them on successive classes (Sunday, Wednesday) but it would probably be more effective if it was done once per week for 8 weeks. The activity involves the see it, hear it, say it, write it, sing it method of memory that I try to implement with my students.
Every class session the entire passage should be read. I insist my students read it with me every time even if they have parts of it memorized. They like to do it by memory but I want them to see it as often as possible.
This goes hand in hand with seeing it. We read it aloud in unison so they are hearing and seeing it at the same time.
By reading it in unison, the students are “saying it”. All 3 of these elements work together. This one also can be done as they begin to get it memorized — they can “say it” without actually reading it.
Each class session that you choose to work introduce a new section (either every class session or once a week), the students will copy the new part of Psalm 100 that has been introduced that day. Writing the passage down requires a lot of attention to the words and requires the students to “see it” up close.
Whenever possible, I like to sing a song that will help the students either memorize the passage or gain a better understanding of what the passage means. The song we sang with this Psalm 100 was one I wrote: Make a Joyful Shout. The verses of this hymn are taken almost word for word from the passage.
Of course, for any passage to really stick with you, it is important to understand the meaning. During the time we spend learning this passage we talk about what it means, explain vocabulary they may be unfamiliar with, etc. Drawing pictures of the passage helps the student show his understanding of the passage. In this booklet there is space to draw a picture at the end of the book. I leave it up to the students what part of the passage they would like to illustrate.
A typical session with booklet will probably take about 10 minutes and goes something like this:
Read entire passage together.
Read new section introduced that day.
Discuss the meaning of the new section.
Copy the new section.
Recite as much as has been memorized so far.
Listen to each child recite as much as they know.
The following are files you can print out and use with your children at home or with your Bible class.