Saturday, 1 March 2008

Mixed up memory verses

We teach our kids memory verses as part of Circle Time. At the moment, we're reading stories from the gospel accounts of Jesus' ministry. Last night as I lay down with the girls at bedtime, we recited those we've learnt so far this year. It's actually quite a list! We haven't quite done a new one each week, but some are longer than just one verse. Our most recent one comes from the story of Jesus calming the storm on the sea of Galilee. Here's Abigail's recitation, based on Mark 4:39-41 - see if you can spot the "paraphrase":

"He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, 'Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?' They were terrorfrightened and asked eachother, 'Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!' "

Amazingly, Abigail knows this three verse passage pretty much word for word, although I'll freely admit she does stumble on pronunciation. In case you didn't pick it up, "terrorfrightened" was Abigail's paraphrase of "terrified". One thing I really appreciate about choosing passages to memories based on stories we've read is that I have more confidence that even Abigail, who is only 2, understands the verses because she first heard them from their context.

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