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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Encouraging Kiddos To Memorize The Books of The Bible

This is from a long time ago.  But, since I did not have a website to share ideas when I did this, I thought I would share it with you now.    

I was working with the KIDDOS on memorizing the BOOKS OF THE BIBLE!!!  I feel that memorizing the BOOKS of THE BIBLE is an important venture to embark upon with KIDDOS.   However, I like to try various methods to encourage the memorization of the books.  

When trying to come up with a way to encourage, motivate and excite the KIDDOS, I decided to do a BIBLE BOOKS CHAIN.  I thought about doing one chain for the entire class...BUT, decided it would be sooooo much more fun for each child to have their OWN chain...That way they could track their success!!!!  By the way, this was one of my KIDDOS FAVORITE activities!!!! 

I began the chain by making a "BACK BOARD" that has "BIBLE" with a "buckle" cut out of the middle...I then attached one loop to the "buckle" that had the word "LAW" on it.  This would be the beginning loop that the KIDDOS would attach all their other loops too.  BTW, for the loops, I just copied the names of the books of the bible onto construction paper of various colors.  
 I  also made loops for the various sections of the Bible... "LAW," "HISTORY,"   "POETRY,"  "MAJOR PROPHETS," "MINOR PROPHETS,"  "GOSPELS,"  "HISTORY," "EPISTLES," AND "PROPHECY." 

The KIDDOS were motivated by seeing their CHAIN grow.  It amazed me...when I had a KIDDO that had been absent they would come to me and ask to say the BOOKS of THE BIBLE to "catch up" their chain!!   I LOVED that!!!!  It was so "fun" to watch these chains get longer and longer as the KIDDOS worked so hard at MEMORIZING the BOOKS of THE BIBLE.

As you can see, as their chains grew in length I moved them up higher on the wall.  Then we allowed the chains to "puddle" on the floor.

On the day that the KIDDOS completed their BOOKS of THE BIBLE Chain....I made sure to take a picture of them stretching their chain across the classroom.  They were excited about their ability to say the Books of The Bible....And, the fact that they got to take their Books of The Bible Chain home with them!! 

This was such a FUN and inexpensive way to encourage the KIDDOS to memorize the Books of The Bible!!!  I will be repeating this one for sure!!!  




  1. What a GREAT idea! I might steal this for my kids.

    1. Let me know how they respond....My kiddos LOVED it!!

  2. I was so excited about this way of learning the Books of the Bible that I just started this with the 1st graders throgh 6th graders. They will learn the books and divisions and then go back and learn the author, main characters in the book and the main stories. I will be using the chain idea -- totally cool. As a matter of fact, I am mentoring a lady who doesn't know her Bible books and stories, and I am using this same approach -- but without the chain and it is working well. I am excited to see how the children respond. Thanks again so much for sharing.

  3. I love this idea. How can I make the 66 part of the display? Do you have a download of the numbers with the books of the Bible on them?

  4. Jane, I do have the CHAIN and "BACK BOARD" available for purchase. If you email me, I can send you a copy of my "order form" Thanks so much.

  5. I a interested in an order form as well. Thanks. This is a great way to help keep the excitement high.

  6. They add the link when the remember that book?

  7. Did they have to start at the beginning each time?

  8. love this idea. I recently did a game with the books of the bible and gave each kids a clothespin with one of the books of the bible on it and they had to quickly run over and hang them up in the correct order on the line. They had a blast.

  9. I love this! I am going to do this along with the clothes pin game.

  10. I've been looking for something visual and ongoing to be a source of encouragement and this is perfect! Thank you!

  11. Can you please send me the order for the the 66 and all the other things. Thanks . is my email

  12. Ronda,
    Do you do teachers workshops? Could you please email me at We would love you to teach a workshop for us.
    Thank you,
    Teresa Mayfield

  13. Love the idea! Can you send the order for 66 and the other things? Thanks!

  14. I would love to know if you do workshops as Well!