Reading and studying scriptures are essential to helping children grow in faith and increase their testimony of Christ. Not to mention, studying the scriptures with your children can bring peace and joy to your home.
While knowledge of how to read scriptures may come easily, the pattern of how and what it means to study the scriptures can be a bit more elusive. Helping children learn scripture marking teaches them to move beyond just reading to actually studying their scriptures.
Scripture marking for kids can begin at any age, so long as you are willing to work alongside them.
1. Scripture Marking Preparation
When beginning to teach scripture marking to your child, you will want a few supplies to get started.
First is a set of scriptures your child can mark in. Each child will need their own set. Journal editions, with wider margins and thicker paper, are perfect for this.
Next, you will need the following colored pencils: red, blue, brown, purple, orange, green, and black.
Last, have a dictionary handy to look up unfamiliar words.
2. Tips for Teaching Scripture Marking to Kids
Each color will represent a different topic or person that appears in the scriptures.
Red = words or teachings of Christ
Blue = teachings on the Holy Ghost or baptism
Brown = travel
Orange = dreams, prophecies, or teaching about angels
Purple = births, marriages, and deaths
Green = words and teachings of prophets and apostles
Black = words or teachings about Satan
Using this color-coded approach to scripture marking helps kids recognize what is happening in each verse. Some verses will have more than one color. Instruct kids to color a small square at either the beginning or the side of each verse based on what it contains.
While reading, encourage kids to underline or outline verses, words, or phrases that stick out to them. Discourage them from underlining everything. If it is a big passage and they wish to mark it all, suggest drawing a box around the entire passage.
Doodling is another kid-prefered scripture marking tool. For example, in Psalms 24, kids could doodle a heart and hands over versus 1-4. Doodles, like the color-coded passages, serve to quickly prompt kids about what a passage contains.
3. Use LightSail Alongside Your Scripture Study
To increase the benefit of your kids’ scripture study, take advantage of scripture bookmarks and quotations within LightSail. Assign a specific verse or passage to your child. Once assigned, kids can mark the passage in their own scriptures and then work to memorize the quotation passage using LightSail’s Memory Work feature.
4. Benefits of Scripture Marking for Kids
Scripture marking for kids is a great way for them to delve deeper into the gospel. Learning to mark their scriptures also teaches how to search out the most important information and take meaningful notes—both skills they will need throughout their academic career.
Posted on 8.Aug.21 in Faith-based