Before class every week, I give the kids a challenge verse. It’s a verse with some missing words and NO citation. They have to go find the verse, then come read it to me with the citation. Not only does it teach them to find something in the Bible when they don’t know where it is, but–selfish alert–I get to hear their little voices whispering Scripture in my ear.
Last week’s challenge verse was, “Let not many of you become teachers—-.” One of my students (a 6th grader) found the verse, and when she came up to say it to me, she said, “When I saw ‘my brethren,’ I was pretty sure the verse was in James!” Come on, you gotta love that!