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JBQ Tips

JBQ Memory Tips: General

Track the Time
We gave each quizzer a “time card” to track his study time. There were three boxes on each date. The goal was to average one box per day for two months. They could study every day for 20 minutes, or they could study as much as 60 minutes in one day. At the end of the period, those who met the goal were rewarded with a special treat.

We also focused more on the individual achievements via the Bible Master program. Each week, all quizzers were given the opportunity to be tested and could advance to the next level. Everyone on our team made it through the first level—even the beginner quizzers. With that sense of accomplishment, they were more confident when I did introduce the quiz buzzer box.

We also spent all summer learning JBQ via games. We didn’t even get the quiz box out. The new JBQ game book provided lots of great ideas. It was a great way to introduce new quizzers to JBQ and not have them intimidated by the more experienced quizzers being quicker on the buzzer.

We also purchased the audio CD for one of our families whose children are more auditory learners. Their mom allows them to go to bed at night with the CD playing. Sometime in the middle of the night she turns it off. They don’t use study guides to study. The improvement in the kids is incredible!
(Donna Hall, Toledo, Ohio)

Parent-Child Quiz Off
We have a parent-child quiz around January. Coming off the holidays, the kids need a little extra motivation. We have a Friday night match, and the second-place team serves the first-place team pizza. The kids love to try to bear their parents, and it builds relationships between them as they study together.
(Kristan Prieto, Lauderdale, Florida)

Sing It!
My daughter is in the sixth grade and this will be her sixth year in JBQ. When we started trying to learn quotations, she was struggling learning them and she would leave out a word or words. Then we bought Millie Lace’s Buzzing Melodies. I will never forget the first time my daughter sang the answer in a match. When she was through, the quizmaster sang back, “That is correct for 30 points.”
(Raymond Reed, Mississippi)

Light Relay
Make the room dark and point at a quizzer with a flashlight. The quizzer should begin reciting a quotation question. If he makes a mistake, he gets to hold the flashlight and do the pointing (so it will not be that bad to make a mistake). The quizzer who does not make a mistake (and thus does not get to hold the flashlight) gets a prize—a cool flashlight from a dollar store. We vary the amount of time the light is on a quizzer—he begins to say the verse but must stop when the flashlight is moved to another person. The second person picks up where the first left off. You can go faster and faster until each quizzer is saying only one word.
(Samantha Damron, Raleigh, North Carolina)

Egg Run
During practice matches, if a quizzer answers correctly, he gets to run from his seat to find a hidden plastic Easter egg. If the egg is empty, he gets a small prize, like an eraser or piece of candy. If the egg contains a number, he got a chance to answer another question with a bonus point added. A second bonus was added if the paper had a Bible sticker on it, in which case the quizzer had to guess the keyword.
(Nancy Matthews, Raleigh, North Carolina)

Take Time to Teach
Take time to teach the Bible stories as well as the question and answer. Each month I take 30 minutes on two different nights to teach the stories to the 10-point questions to all our quizzers. I use Lamb Chop’s two-minute fairy tales style. By that I mean that I do a whirlwind version that covers the main points very quickly. It goes like this:

  1. Tell the kids what the question is.
  2. Tell the story, making sure I answer the question.
  3. Ask the question.

Teaching the content as well as the rote answers is obviously better for the kids’ Bible knowledge, but it also makes them better quizzers. One of the joys of my life is to see a kid forget “the answer” but get the points in a match because they remember enough of the story to be ruled correct. Bible knowledge is the real goal.

Another approach is to use the cards to play Charades or Win, Lose, or Draw. Do not fall into the trap of just using buzzers all the time.
(Denny Williford, North Little Rock, Arkansas)

Quote Cadence
In teaching quotes, we try to break it down into pieces and use either a cadence (like a cheerleader doing a chant) or a musical melody. Once they’ve repeated the cadence over and over again, they never forget it.
(Paul Markwell, Louisville, Kentucky)

Draw It!
I have taught my daughter many of the quotations by drawing pictures. For example, she learned the fruit of the Spirit by drawing love as a heart, joy—a happy face, peace—a peace sign, longsuffering—that’s a hard one; we drew the word “suffering” all stretched out and she remembered it, gentleness—a mother holding a baby, goodness—the word “good”, faith—a cross, meekness—a mouse, temperance—a thermometer. We try to use the same pictures for certain words, like for “seek” we use glasses, for “bear” we use a bear face, for “son” a sunshine. Even though she is now 9 and can read everything, she still likes to draw pictures. Now she helps me decide what to draw or she draws it herself. By the way, I am a terrible artist, but that doesn’t seem to matter to her!
(Missy Bedwell, Southern Missouri District)

Take Your Time
We practiced trying to “use up” the complete 30 seconds to show the quizzers how much time they really have. This helps them learn to take their time to remember long lists, such as the names of the apostles.
(Karen Hockenberry, Omaha, Nebraska)

Learning Lists
We split all the long lists (13 books, 12 disciples, 12 sons, 9 gifts, etc.) into sub-lists of three or four answers. Then we teach the whole list one sub-list at a time. As they learn a sub-list, add the next sub-list until they have the whole thing learned. We also teach them to say the list slowly the first time. This lets the QM check off the answers one by one. Then start going through the list again and again at high speed hoping the QM will hear whichever answer(s) they missed the first time. Keep repeating the whole list until called correct or time is called. We also try to learn lists in the order in which they appear on the card; this helps the QM get the calls right.
(Denny Williford, North Little Rock, Arkansas)

Tie Them Together
Tie questions together. Who were the first four apostles Jesus called to follow Him? Peter, James, John, and Andrew. Which three of the disciples were Jesus’ closest friends? Peter, James, and John. What revelation of himself did Jesus give to Peter, James, and John on a high mountain? Point out the repetition of Peter, James, and John, and get that phrase burned into their heads. Use it in listing the 12 disciples as one of the sub-lists. Teach the kids to always says Andrew last. That way, if he mixes up the two answers, he will have given the correct information first and be ruled correct. There are several questions like this.

My kids had a hard time remembering the difference between “According to Luke’s Gospel” and “According to John’s Gospel” until I tied them with the question about the three lost things in Luke 15. The Gospel of Luke presents Jesus as the One who comes to seek out lost things.
(Denny Williford, North Little Rock, Arkansas)

Rap It Up
Teach long, hard questions and answers as raps where you give some words and the quizzers fill in the blanks.
(Denny Williford, North Little Rock, Arkansas)

Quote Race
Race the kids on saying quotes. You have to know a verse well to try to say it faster than a puppet, costume character, leader, or another child. As always, give small prizes to the winners. Of course, you’ll have to get them to slow down during matches.
(Denny Williford, North Little Rock, Arkansas)

Fruit Flash Cards
When we were teaching the younger ones the fruit of the Spirit, I copied out coloring pages of many different fruits, and on each page wrote parts of the verse on the backs. The kids colored the pictures while we talked about the fruit, and they had flash cards to use to learn the verse. It was not only very effective in learning, but it was a fun way to have lesson time!
(Renee Dabill, Chisago City, Minnesota)

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