I saw this idea somewhere recently and thought it would be perfect for my dishwashing time. I've already been practicing memorizing songs and poems during the dishes, so when I saw the idea for a memorization book I thought it would expand my endeavors.
The idea is to write down lyrics or poems you want to memorize in a little book, then carry it with you and when you have down time (waiting rooms, check out lines, doing the dishes) you can pop this little book out of your pocket or purse and study. Keeping a small book close will make learning easier and more convenient.
Making and decorating it is the fun part, though. This is pretty similar to other books I've made on this blog, but with a cover glued to the outside. If you make the cover from card stock, the book is a little prettier and good bit sturdier.
1. Fold 3-4 sheets of regular letter paper and 1 sheet of card stock in half.
2. Cut along the fold, and stack, so you have 6-8 sheets of paper. Use one of the cardstock halves for another book.
3. Fold the books in half again.
4. Sew with a sewing machine down the fold of the white paper, binding the pages together. You can use a stapler if you'd rather.
5. Apply rubber cement to the inside of the card stock and the outside of the book. Allow them to dry completely.
6. Mount the white paper inside the card stock so that the two gluey sides are touching. Press to seal the glue together.
7. Now start writing!
In addition to a few prayers and psalms, I've also been memorizing fun songs to sing with the girls. Muppets are a personal favorite. I think a book like this would be great for kids who are a bit older than mine, who can write a read. And I always love adding a new handmade book to the kids shelf.
So here's a quick Muppet song to sing while you wash your dishes: