This little booklet is a smaller version of one used before. It was part of a memory notebook. I wanted to accomplish the same thing but since we were creating a project folder this time we needed a smaller booklet.
Memory is best achieved if the passage being memorized means something to the child. At this age (5-9) a passage that creates a vivid mental picture is a good choice and so Psalm 23 is a good choice.
Instead of assigning memory work to the student and sending them home to do it on their own or with the help of their parents, most of the memory work done for my class is done in class. We read the entire passage, we sing the passage (if there is a good song to go with it), we write the passage, we say the passage and we draw the passage.
During each class session we read the entire passage. I want them to read along with me. I want them to see the words — every time we meet. Even if they aren’t yet fluent readers I want them to follow along. For some students, it is necessary for me to point out each line or even word but as the weeks progress, they soon become familiar enough with the passage that this help is no longer needed — at least as much.
After reading the passage we look closely at the section we are going to memorize that day. We read it. We discuss it. The students copy it. There is a picture that goes with each section that should help them remember that section. This picture is especially helpful for those readers discussed above.
There are so many wonderful hymns that were inspired by Psalm 23 and there are even a couple that help us sing it word for word. The hymns we sang while memorizing Psalm 23 were His Sheep Am I, Surely Goodness and Mercy and Where He Leads Me I will follow. The “My Psalm Book” has these songs included.
The pictures below give you an idea of what the booklet is all about. If you’d like to duplicate the book, the PDf is here: Psalm 23 Memory Booklet PDf. I also gave the children bookmarks to take home as a reminder and an aid in their memory work: Psalm 23 Bookmarks. The students enjoyed putting together a picture puzzle as well. This gave them extra time with the Psalm and involved kinesthetic activity that helps with memory: Psalm 23 Picture Puzzle.