I've decided to memorize along with the girls for whatever they're learning for their Bible curriculum. It started with memorizing Psalm 103 over the next few weeks. So this past week was verses 1-3.
On Monday, we made verse cards. I typed the verse into the computer, then they customized their card with colors and typefaces. Then each day, we each read it twice.
For the first couple of days, we focused on reading it correctly--not adding words, or leaving any out. The girls both wanted to try to do it from memory right away, but knowing they wouldn't say it correctly without learning it first, I said no. I wanted them to focus on seeing it and hearing it and saying it correctly.
Once that was coming along well, we talked about what makes a good recitation. Tone of voice, facial expression, hand gestures, body language. What would it be like to say "Praise the Lord, O my soul" with a glum face, a bored voice, and looking at our toes?
It sure wouldn't be believable that we meant it! And it wouldn't really make anyone want to praise with us!
By Thursday, the girls were standing and reciting with minimal help and with great--even overdone!--expression. But we talked about overdoing it and toning it back, rather than underdoing it.
So, without further ado...Psalm 103:1-3!
So their expression is a little lacking in the video--I think they're distracted by seeing themselves on the screen while it records!