This post is part of an ongoing series on the different types of First Look activities.
During the past few weeks, we focused on Make It Fun Small Group activities. These activities are planned to welcome your preschoolers and introduce them to the Bible story and all that they will hear and experience during Make It True, the Large Group time. After Make It True comes Make It Stick—and that is what we want to have happen. We want the Bible story, memory verse, and Bottom Line to stick in their growing brains. We want them to understand all of that content in the present and then remember it in the future.
A variety of activities are written for Make It Fun and a variety are written for Make It Stick, too. There will always be another movement activity in Make It Stick—the first one was in Make It Fun. If the preschoolers have been sitting during the Bible story, it is definitely time to move again! The next activity will be the memory verse review. The memory verse for each month is introduced in the first week of curriculum. So, why review each and every week? Because it is a verse to be memorized, remembered and applied to their very young lives.
Memories, in general, connect our past to our present to our future. Memory is the tool we use to form, record and store meaningful information. The memory verse review activity serves a double purpose. It makes the information meaningful and relevant so that it will be stored away in those little, developing brains. Then, after it is stored (remembered), it can be retrieved from storage and used in the future.
How do you achieve all of that in one activity that takes up four or five minutes of your Small Group time each week? The memory verse review is strategically planned to be appealing to the preschoolers. It may involve movement (hopping, clapping, dancing), a chant (repetition or rhyme), a craft (creative expression, art), or a combination of these approaches. In any case, you are developing a simple memory strategy—a tool for your preschoolers to remember. Now, and in the future, it will be stored in their memories that God made them, God loves them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever!
Which memory strategy is most effective with your preschoolers? How do you know it works for them?