Teaching Children to Memorise Bible Texts
Teaching children to memorise bible texts is an important part of our work, and anything to encourage this process is very welcome. Have you ever noticed that children love to collect little coloured cards? Sweet manufacturers discovered this years ago when they started to sell bubble-gum packs containing cards of film stars, footballers, etc. This gave us the idea that if we can produce attractive bible text cards to give as a reward to those who learn the verses, then not only will it encourage them to learn, but they will have a permanent reminder to keep.
Even just a few years ago, few people would have had the resources to produce cards like the ones shown at the top of this page. But now anybody with a computer, a colour printer, a small laminator, and a suitable graphics software can produce small quantities of good quality cards in a two or three hours. For the graphics we use CorelDraw, and find this to be excellent, but there are many other programs that can be used
Decide on a text to teach.
Decide on a background. This could be your own artwork (or clip-art) specifically chosen to illustrate the verse (as in the Psalm 119 example shown on this page). Alternatively it could be a suitable photographic background as in the other example. Photographs of this type are often found included on the CD's given free with computer magazines. Avoid backgrounds that are too "busy". Make the background the correct size. We make ours about 9.5cm by 6cm which means we can fit eight on an A4 (or letter) size sheet of paper
Put the text on the background. Choice of font and colour is very important - there must be reasonable contrast with the background at all points.
When you are happy that everything is right, group the text and background, then copy and paste the image so that you have multiple cards on the same page. The edges of the cards should be touching but not overlapping. This makes it quicker to cut out the cards using a knife. (It helps to put some small cutting guide marks in the page margin).
Print on good quality paper.
Cut out the cards using a sharp modelling knife and straight edge.
Visual aids for teaching the text can also be produced based on the same artwork. Typically this would mean splitting the text into sections of a few words each, and printing each section in a bold font of at least 100 points on a background of about 25cm by 18cm. If using a photographic background for the small cards, then the same photo could be used for each piece of the visual aid, provided the photo resolution is sufficient for the larger size. The pieces of the visual aid would then be cut out and laminated. Adhesive "Velcro" or magnetic tape would be attached to the back depending on the type of display board used.
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