Let’s Do the Dig – Week 1!

We are so excited to start this study with you and your children! If you are just joining us, you can buy a copy of the The Dig for Kids study for Kindle here or for PDF here.

As we begin the lessons, I want to offer you a few tips and encouragement.

Despite the ideals we may have planted in our heads, reading the Bible with our children is not always sunshine and rainbows. It often involves interruption, complaining, hunger and thirst, restlessness, and myriad of other realities. Don’t let this discourage you and cause you to give up reading the Word with your children.

The truth is, this is the reality of the way of life. It’s something we simply need to work through and work with our children on.

Here are some tips to help minimize (but not eliminate) constant interruption or complaints:

  1. Give your children a “heads up” about 15 minutes before you being the study (if possible). Then every five minutes after. It prepares them for what’s coming so they aren’t surprised by it. Do this everyday until they come to a point where they know what to expect. Try to do it at the same time each day (or in the same order in your schedule).
  2. Depending on when you do your Bible time, you could offer a simple snack while you read. Alternatively, you could have your children draw while they listen. It has been known to actually help children absorb what you are reading when they are allowed to work with their hands simultaneously.
  3. Be open to answering any questions related with the study. These interruptions are actually good. For children this age, it is best to address questions within the context of what you are reading rather then waiting.
  4. Remember to pray alone and with your children before you begin. Pray that God would prepare and mold their hearts and give you patience as you teach and guide them.
  5. Finally, have fun with it! Use the Hands-On Bible in conjunction with the study. This Bible offers various hands on activities through out your reading that will help give your children a visual for some of the information they take in. This type of activity can really help children remember and hold on to what they have learned.

Remember, sitting our children down for Bible time isn’t going to be perfectly quiet nor is everyone going to be perfectly happy to do it. That’s OK! It doesn’t mean you are doing anything wrong or that you shouldn’t continue. Just continue to work with your children, train them to sit well so they can listen well. It will take consistency to make progress with this, but don’t give up and remember the fruit of your labor will produce–even if it’s not immediately.

What ways have you helped your children sit well to listen during Bible reading or any other story time reading?

Joy in Christ,

Christin

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About Christin

The Dig Community Coordinator
Christin loves coming alongside and helping to create community and connection. She is here at the Dig to do just that!
She has a heart to encourage and equip women in aspects of discipleship, marriage, mothering, writing, blogging, and community. She sees the body of Christ as an important community of encouragement and discipleship and works to foster that around the web. Her biggest ministry is to her family and she knows how beautiful, hard, overwhelming, and exhausting mothering can be. Her passion is to encourage mothers who need a challenge or a lift (or both). She has been married 11 years and has 5 children ranging in age from 10 down to 2.

You can find her on her blog Joyful Mothering and chatting it up on Twitter as @ChristinWrites

  • Susan Clinton

    This looks like it would be a good book to help get my 9 year old interested into studying the Bible not to mention I’m ashamed to say I’m lacking in my time of devotions . I don’t have a kindal or other similar instrument. I would like to know where I can find the book itself, and any future sequels. This is also right up my boys interest anything to do with archeology . I will be looking to hear from you concerning where to purchase this book, as this is my second time writing to you regarding this issue. Thank you, Ms. Susan W. Clinton

    • Hi Susan! You can find the PDF copy which you can download and print right from your computer. In the upper right hand sidebar of this page just click on PDF and it will direct you to purchase. We are working on a hard copy but I am not sure yet when it will be available. Blessings, Ruth

    • Hi Ms. Clinton!

      Just in case Ruth’s answer isn’t clear (and please don’t think I’m talking down to you if you know this!) – you don’t need a special device (like Kindle) to read a PDF. You simply need a PDF reader program (Adobe Reader) which you can download for free from here – http://get.adobe.com/reader/

      Also you can get a Kindle for PC. This means you can read documents designed for Kindle on your computer. You can download a Kindle for PC free from here – http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_pc_mkt_lnd?docId=1000426311

      Hope that helps in some way.

      I bought the PDF version, printed it out and bound it (I own a comb binder) so we can take it anywhere with us! My kids, my hubby and I are all enjoying this study together! I will share on my blog how we are going later this week – if you’re interested! πŸ™‚

      Bless you.
      ~Amanda.

  • McBMom

    Thank you for these tips! We sat down tonight to do this as our first ever family devotional. Having paper and pencils for drawing and water at our fingertips helped it go smoothly without anyone leaving the table. My 9 year old was thoroughly confused by Gabriel telling of a ‘different’ baby being born. He kept telling me, “I’ve never heard THIS before!”. I smiled and explained that is why we are learning together now. There is a lot in the Bible we have not heard before πŸ˜‰

    • That is so wonderful to hear!!! I love watching our children’s faces light up with excitement and curiosity as they learn the Bible! Good job!!

  • Melody

    My 4 year old (almost 5!) son and I are doing this together. Tonight I took your advise and set us up in the kitchen with a snack and drink ready. I began “warning” him when he was done his bath tonight and after some play time with Daddy, we sat down and began praying. I’m completely new at this as I’ve never really been part of a Bible study before, but I think for our first night, we did pretty well! Thanks for the tips! Looking forward to tomorrow evenings study!

    • Oh wonderful Melody! I know sometimes when you work into something new it can seem foreign and strange, but soon it will become a normal part of life and hopefully an exciting one! πŸ™‚ Keep at it!