Last Wednesday morning, a guy at Bible study mentioned that his 4 year old son had managed to memorize Proverbs 9:9 by overhearing him trying to learn it.
I was curious to see whether my 2 1/2 year old son could do the same, so that evening we reviewed it. I went through it 3 or 4 times with him – first a couple of words at a time, then a phrase at a time, then in halves, then the whole thing. He could recite it, so I thought “cool” and let it drop. Well, until the next evening, when he spontaneously quoted it and the reference perfectly. Mind you, this is the KJV that he’s quoting, too.
So I wondered what else he could do. Thursday he learned Psalm 119:105, although he messes up the reference there since he’s unfamiliar with numbers that high. He also says “into” instead of “unto” sometimes.
Friday night, he quoted both of them, so we also learned Proverbs 22:6.
Saturday night, we learned Genesis 1:1.
Each of these times, I’ve only gone through the verse a handful of times – maybe 5 or 6 times max. I’m not drilling him on them, just telling him the verse, getting him to repeat it a couple of times, and letting it go. A few hours later I’ll ask him his verses, and he almost always nails them perfectly.
I think he’s understanding them, too, because sometimes he rewords them in ways that make sense.
Last night, my parents came over and I was showing off what Joshua could do. I was going to show them just how amazingly fast he can learn a new verse. I was going to teach him Romans 3:23, but Mom suggested “Jesus wept” (Jn 11:35) instead, since she thought I was “straining his little brain”. So he repeated “Jesus wept”.
My wife asked him, “Do you know what ‘wept’ means?”
“Yes. If I take a bath, then I get wept.”