Do set goals for yourself and your kids. However, do not become discouraged when you miss a day of reciting your memory verse or are unable to successfully say your passage from memory by the end of the week. It is okay. Allow your family members space to learn in an encouraging environment and be patient with yourself and each other.
Part of memorizing God's Word is meditating on it - thinking about it and spending time learning what it means and how we can apply it to our lives. If it takes two or three weeks to consider a verse and commit it to memory - that is great! You have hidden more of His Word in your heart. If you miss your goal, go back and accomplish it, or pause until you reach it and then move forward. Let this be a positive activity for your family.
It is fun and exciting to see parts of a whole come together to reveal what that object is. This activity will engage your children in recognizing their accomplishments and ignite enthusiasm in completing the goals that have been set in order to discover what their picture is.
We have provided colorful charts for you to use, [Note: parents may want to print the Chart Art images without showing the picture to their children, then the picture will be a surprise for them, which will add to the excitement of accomplishing their goal to discover the art on their page.] or you may also choose to print a coloring page chart for your child to color in. Another fantastic way to engage your children in this project is to print a blank chart and invite him or her to design a picture of their own!
If you are interested in learning more about our Chart Art project or would like to consider becoming involved in the Chart Art project by contributing your art, please visit this page for more information.
Items to Gather
Additionally, you may want to use a pen or pencil to write on your chart; crayons, markers, paint or other art tools to draw your own pictures; an empty, clean baby food jar [or other small container] to hold your cut-out chart image pieces and extra paper, glitter, stickers or other craft supplies to decorate your jar.
Select a Tracking Method
Before you begin you will need to determine how you want to track your progress. We have provided suggestions for you - as well as blank grids so you are able to customize your charts however you would like to.
Our daily chart will help remind family members to practice their memory verse each day of the week. Parents should set a daily goal for themselves and their children to accomplish. Once each member has reached his or her daily objective, the space for that day may be filled.
You may choose from two types of charts to track daily goals.
1. We have provided a Numbered Chart, which works well with the Chart Art designs.
2. We have also designed a Days of the Week Chart, which would be ideal if your family chooses to mark your progress with a writing tool or stickers.
You may find it more beneficial to track your progress weekly. Parents should set a weekly goal for themselves and their children to accomplish. Once each member has reached his or her weekly objective, the space for that week may be filled.
Again, families have two options for tracking progress weekly:
1. You may use our Numbered Chart to track weekly progress using our Chart Art designs.
2. We have also provided a grid with numbered weeks in each box. Use this chart if you prefer to mark your progress another way, such as with stickers or decorative stamps.
If you are memorizing at an undetermined pace, we suggest printing a Blank Chart and marking your progress as you complete each verse. You could even write in the verses you have successfully memorized in each blank space to mark your progress.
Be creative and modify your chart as you need to. Also, keep in mind that the purpose of these progress charts should be to encourage our families. The experience of reaching a goal ought to be kept positive. If a day is missed or a goal is not reached, give one another an opportunity to try again. This project is intended to be a fun way to visualize learning. It should not be viewed as a chore or routine that must be followed, but rather as a reward to an accomplishment.
You can also view a simple progress chart pictorial here.
Once you have determined how you would like to track your progress, here is what you need to do:
Select and print your base chart. This is the chart that will hang on your wall, or sit on your desk or be tucked away in a file. It is the chart that you will use to check off your goals. Note: if you are printing a Chart Art page to track your progress, you will need to print a numbered base chart.
Blank Base Chart
Numbered Base Chart
Daily Base Chart
Weekly Base Chart
To print a chart, click the appropriate text link or the text link below the image. This will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs. You may print the pdf by selecting "File" and then "Print" [or Ctrl+P]. You may also select "File" and then "Download original" [or Ctrl+S] and save it to your computer to print. Be sure to select "none" under the "page scaling" options in your printing preferences.
Print your chart onto your white cards stock [for best result] or paper.
Once your chart is printed you can continue to Step 2 if you are using Chart Art to track your progress, otherwise, you are done!
Select and print your Chart Art. You may choose a pre-colored page, a color-in page or a blank page to design your own picture. [We think this choice is lots of fun!]
Print the numbered "back" side on the opposite side of your Chart Art page. Be careful to feed your paper into the printer to that your numbers on the back side page align correctly with the grid on the front of your Chart Art.
Chart Art - Back Side
Cut along the outer lines of your Chart Art. Use a cutting tool if you have one available. Reserve the top portion [with the Sow Little Seeds logo] to wrap around your baby food jar or other small container.
Cut along the grid lines of your Chart Art. This will provide you with 56 rectangular grid pieces.
Decorate your baby food jar or other small container. You could decorate with stickers, glitter, permanent markers or any other fun embellishments you can think of. Use tape or hot glue to stick your reserved panel of paper onto the outside of your jar.
Place your Chart Art pieces in your container.
After you have completed enough goals to fill your chart, your Chart Art will be complete and will reveal the beautiful picture. You may print another chart using a new picture next time!