MemoRings – Psalm 23

Back in my high school drama class, I remember being assigned a several page selection from Robert Fulgum’s “All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”.  It was to be memorized and shared in front of the class and later would be used for speech competitions.  I was horrified and overwhelmed. No way could I memorize that many words.  I expressed as much to the teacher and she suggested that I shouldn’t worry about the memorization.  “When you practice just read it,” she said.  So I faithfully practiced reading it every day, a couple of times a day for about a month and somewhere in there I was surprised and delighted to realize that I knew it.  Word for word with no mistakes: I knew it.

The big kids are working on memorizing Psalm 23 right now and I could tell when I introduced the assignment that Sister was horrified and overwhelmed and my teacher’s advice came back to me.  “Don’t worry,” I told Sister.  “You don’t have to memorize it.  Just read it, out loud, once a day, everyday.  That will be good enough.”  She was visibly relieved that I changed the assignment.  I am glad to know that she will memorize it anyway but without the stress.

With Sister taken care of, I turned my attention to Brother.  How to you have an emerging reader work through such a long text, with such big words as “righteousness” and “shadow” everyday without frustrating him?  How do you make it manageable and fun?  What if you made a little book with illustrations to help remember the words.  What if instead you put the memory verses on a ring?   Then you’d have a MemoRing (I’m a sucker for puns.)  Here’s what it looks like.

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(all images taken from MS Word clip art or public domain image searches)

Brother has no problem flipping through the pages and saying the whole chapter unassisted.  I will definitely be making more of these in the future.


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