Do your kids struggle with memorizing something?

Cartoon of a boy with a mechanical thinking cap on his head


Cartoon of a boy with an industrial-looking cap on his head. He says to a a woman, “Thanks to my thinking cap, I’m going to win this year’s memory verse challenge!”

We are always looking for an easy way to do something. It’s usually the way innovation happens. We are always looking for ways to make something easier. We want to buy the latest gadget to make something in our lives easier.

Do your kids struggle with memorizing something like a Bible verse, the presidents of the United States or prepositions? Instead of finding a steampunk-inspired thinking cap, have your kids try these tips.

  • Get some index cards and have kids make their own flash cards. The very act to making the cards will help with memory. You can get creative and use images as well as words. This works with visual as well as kinetic learners. If a child speaks it while he or she writes it, it also helps auditory learners.
  • Kids can walk or use hand motions to help them memorize. It helps kids who learn kinetically to move as they learn. It also helps emphasize important passages.
  • Make a song out of it. Auditory learners may grasp something when it it put to music or a rap.
  • Be an example. Find something you want to memorize and try these techniques. You may find something that works for you also works with your child.

Even though we live in an age where we can search the Internet for a fact, memorization is still an important skill. Encourage kids to memorize facts and passages.

I drew this cartoon for Kidzmatter Magazine.

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How to keep up with the trends cartoon

cartoon of two people watching an older man speed by on a skateboard

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Cartoon of two people see a man speed by on a skateboard. One says, “Well, that’s one way to keep pace with trends!”

I drew this cartoon for K! Magazine.

Get in line, Bully

Cartoon of a boy being bullied

Cartoon of a boy and a bully. The boy says, “You want to bully me too? Get in line! I have three other bullies before you.”

As a child, I learned bullies aren’t creative. If one discovers you’re ripe for being picked on, others will catch on. Even in a small town with a small school, this became obvious.

My coping skill was to draw a cartoon that would amuse a bully. It usually worked, and sometimes made a friend. Unfortunately, I also learned you should never draw an unflattering cartoon of the bully you’re drawing a cartoon for. That was my first lesson in marketing.

I drew this for K! Magazine.

Broken Family

cartoon of a boy saying he came from a broken family


Cartoon of two boys walking. One says, “I come from a broken family. Dad broke it and Mom left it that way.”

Yes, I hate divorce. Of course, I’ve never met anyone who likes it. This was a hard topic to deal with. But one that needs to be discussed with compassion and empathy, especially in the church.

I drew this cartoon for K! Magazine.

Cartoon: Using Auto-Tune

Cartoon of a girl asking her teacher why doesn't he use auto-tune


Cartoon of a girl asking her teacher, “I heard you singing during worship. Why don’t you use Auto-Tune?

A similar incident happened to me once. A girl came up to me after I taught her class. She had helped me in worship. She informed me I made a better teacher than a singer. So I thanked her. What else could I do?

Sometimes in children’s ministry, you have to wear different hats. I used to fret about whether I was a good singer or a teacher. At least now I know I’m a better teacher than a singer. The only question remaining is, how bad of a singer am I?

Don’t answer that. I’ll let the kids critique me instead.

I drew this cartoon for K! Magazine.