Question: Do children still use flash cards to learn the number facts for the Big Four—addition, subtraction, multiplication and division?
I think I remember making my own add and subtract cards in elementary school. I definitely remember writing out the multiplication facts. As for my own children, I used the store-bought cards that I just recently donated after decades of dormancy in a storage closet.
Whatever way you learned the basic math facts whether with homemade or store-bought cards or your fingers, one thing never changes. You have to memorize them over and over and over until you know them by heart. It’s the same principle with knowing scripture; you have to memorize it.
No groans, please.
Thinking about these basic math operations led me to search the scriptures with the words add, subtract, multiply and divide and found some nuggets to commit to memory.
This could be a fresh way to deposit scriptures in your heart to be able to readily recall verses when you need God’s help because His word will always remind you of who He is and what He has for you.
There is no simple, easy way for me to memorize but to repeat it over and over. I take one verse at a time until I can say it by rote AND its address—the chapter and verse. It is the quality over quantity principle for me which means I don’t have many verses memorized, and this is not an excuse to learn a new one. The ones I do have committed to memory are my life-savers. As for the ones below, some will resonate with you more than others. As for me, I am intent on learning Hebrew 4:12.
All verses are from the New International Version (NIV)
Proverbs 9:11 – For though wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. (One Bible version uses wisdom from God.)
Psalm 84:11 – For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. (When I did the word search for “subtract”, many scriptures had the word withhold).
Proverbs 10:19 – Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than a double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
If you have any techniques for memorizing the Word of God, please share in the comments.