As children’s ministry leaders, our goal should be to get the truth of God’s Word into children’s long-term memory.
Are you only placing God’s Word into children’s short-term memory? A week later they have forgotten the truth and cannot recall what they “learned.”
I have seen this played out as children try to learn multiple Bible verses in one week. They succeed in repeating it once with someone helping them, but can’t recall the verse a week later.
Life change happens when children get God’s Word in their long-term memory. Children can apply God’s Word and truth to their life when they are able to recall it.
I believe that spiritual fruit only happens when we see God’s Word embedded in children’s long-term memory.
Last week, I tested the children to see if the key truths we have taught them have been successfully placed in their long-term memory. I was excited to see them recall and be able to say key truths they had learned months ago. And guess what…a year from now they will still be able to say all of the key truths we have taught them.
Want to know how this happened? Let’s look at how to get your teaching into children’s long-term memory.
Repetition is a key part of moving truth into kids’ long-term memory. Did you know if a child hears something one time a month their retention rate will be 10%. But if a child hears something six times or more in a month, their retention rate will go up to 90%.
This verse from the Bible reminds us of this. Look what it says in Deuteronomy 6:7.
Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
Less Is More
Instead of trying to get kids to remember a new verse and key truth each week, focus on helping them learn one Bible verse and one key truth per month.
Make It Rhyme
Did you know that kids learn a lot better when something rhymes? Turn your key truth into a rhyme.
Here are a couple of examples from my Connect12 curriculum.
The Bible is clear to say…Jesus is the only way.
The Bible is true…you can trust it through and through.
Music helps kids memorize things long-term. Turn your key teaching truth into a song. Have the kids sing the song each week and you will see what you are teaching them go into their long-term memory.
For my Connect12 curriculum, I have a talented friend that turned all of our key truths into cool songs that kids love.
Here’s an example.
If you are reading this in an email and can’t see the video, you can go to this link to watch it. All of these songs are available for purchase at this link.