Taking the work out of learning the Works

You can turn just about any lesson into some kind of game and this is an especially effective way to take the drudgery out of learning memory verses.  If you’d like a simple (and fun) way to help your child memorize the Corporal Works of Mercy, try this:

  • You’ll need 14 note cards.
  • Prepare them by writing the verb from each of the works of mercy on the first 7 cards. (feed, give drink, shelter, clothe, visit, visit, bury)
  • On the other cards write the recipient of the action. (the hungry, the thirsty, the homeless, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned, the dead)
  • For phase one of the memorization, have your student match them up.  It goes without saying that you can expect a certain amount of silliness as they imagine “burying the thirsty” and “clothing the dead,” but that’s all part of the game.  As long as they can get this simple first step right eventually, you’ll have a memorable bit of fun.
  • For the second phase, challenge them to arrange all the cards in the traditional order.  You have a copy of this month’s memory verse in your home lesson packet so, as always, you’re one step ahead of the class!
  • Finally, see if they can recite without the aid of the flashcards.  At this point, when all seven can be listed in order and without visual aids, you can officially consider the list memorized.

Congratulations!  That was almost painless, wasn’t it?

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