How can I help my child to retain the Bible stories they are learning? A method we have been using at Grapevine for nearly 20 years and with thousands of children has shown incredible results! You might be asking, “Does using colored pencils and stick figuring the Bible really make a difference in the digital age?”
I think you might be surprised by what the research is showing!
Handwritten notes involve more thought, re-framing, and re-organization, all of which promote better understanding and retention.Handwritten Notes Lead to Better Learning
People who doodle remember 29% more information than their counterparts who did not doodle. Doodling Cast Study
Color helps us in memorizing certain information by increasing our attentional level. The role played by color in enhancing our attention level is indisputable. The Influence of Colour on Memory Performance: A Review
This is why at Grapevine we use colored pencils to draw stick figures to teach the Bible. It works!
We all want our children to be active in the learning processes especially when we are teaching the Bible. Students draw characters, write words, and create timelines for each story, helping them recognize different elements of the biblical story. Through our studies, students also discover how the characters and events relate to one another.
Kids will often take their lesson pages and be able to retain the Bible stories and retell them to their parents or a friend simply from looking at their drawings! Not only that, but we have also seen teens win trivia contest by reciting the information they had learned years before!
If you haven’t yet tried a Grapevine Bible study, now is the time! I recommend beginning with our Old Testament Overview. If you need a personal recommendation, drop me a line and I will send you direct links to the products for your family, church or school.
Today is the day to help your child not just hear the Bible but retain it!