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:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,
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