I have been working with the boys this last week on memorizing and reciting the 'Pledge of Allegiance'. I have found that just repeating it at all times of the day in completely random settings has caught their attention. In the car...the bathtub...during chores...before bedtime, etc. when their listening ears are on- granted, it doesn't hurt that I'm standing tall with my hand over my heart and using my best theatre voice! :)
So...last night during our bedtime routine, I decided to test it. The boys and I were sitting in my youngest's room and I suddenly burst out with, "I"! and then pointed to my 4 year old. He continued to repeat the entire pledge (I inserted a couple of prepositions to keep the flow moving, but he did the rest). When we came to the very end, however, he stalled just for a minute with, "...With Liberty and...??"
My 26 month old promptly jumped to his knees on the bed, threw his hand over his heart and boldly proclaimed, "...Justice for ALL!"
I thought I was going to fall off the bed! Isn't it amazing what they can learn even so young? We are going to work on the book of Deuteronomy next. :) With all seriousness, this has really shown me how little ones are truly able to learn and memorize with a greater capacity than even I can at my age.
Be encouraged! Now is the time to start memorizing large passages of scripture that they will take with them and hold in their hearts for years to come!