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I have been reading a chapter of proverbs every morning with my duaghters over breakfast, but just wondering if I am reading too much? My 7 yo seems fine with it, but the other 2 have a very short attention span…should I just keep on with the one chapter a day? Or should I break it down further? Thank you!
How old are the younger ones? I have 7yo, 6yo and a very active almost 5yo. I usually give them a coloring sheet to correspond with what we’re reading. If there’s not one, then I let them draw.
I have 7, 5, 3, and 4 months. I have started the bible reading at breakfast while they are eating, but am finding that my 7yo listens carefully, while the other 2 are playing around, being noisy, etc. Any suggestions?hvfth99Member
I agree with AudMama4. I read during breakfast as well; my dd7 listens and responds while my dd3, eats, asks questions (not about the Bible reading!), and goofs around. When it becomes distracting, I give her something to do; otherwise, I just ask her to be quiet. I know she’s absorbing it even though she seems a million miles away. Sometimes she’ll surprise me and remember a story or verse she knows when I’m reading. Hang in there! They really are listening! Faith 🙂
Thank you for the encouragment! Another question, should I be reading to them from my bible as I have been (NIV) or should I read to them from a childrens bible?
I think it’s all a preference. I’m reading out of Egermeier’s Story Bible to all the kids. My 7 and 6 are reading the Bible on their own. (not by my request) I am going to read all the way through Egermeier’s before we start reading the Bible.
You could also get out legos or play dough for after they are done eating. And tell them that as long as they are quiet they can play with it. (I also have an 11m old, btw) We do legos sometimes because (as long as they are the big ones) all four can play with them.BookwormParticipant
It is a matter of preference, but think and pray about which version to read to children. I prefer King James, myself, and have read it to my children from infancy, and they actually have “grown up” with it and rarely have trouble understanding anymore (I do introduce them to various helps when they are older) It has always amazed me what they understand and remember. So consider, ask your dh what he prefers you to use, pray about it–and if your answer is “go for it” with your own Bible, don’t be afraid. It can work beautifully.
I read from a children’s Bible designed for ages 6-10. I really like it! It also has an accompaning devotional which applies the reading to the kids’ lives. I think it makes a difference if you haven’t started with the “real” Bible from the beginning (Kudos to Michelle; even I have a hard time understanding KJV!). I could see my dd7 zone out when she couldn’t understand what was going on. But with the children’s Bible, she’s free to spend her time comprehending instead of figuring out what was even said. I love the idea of letting the little ones use play-doh; I’m going to use that one for sure!–Thanks, AudMama4
Happy Thanksgiving!–Faith 🙂
I think there have been many good points here…I am going to spend some time in prayer! Thank you ladies!
hvfth99 said,”But with the children’s Bible, she’s free to spend her time comprehending instead of figuring out what was even said.”
That’s why I’m starting with Egermeier’s. I just couldn’t figure out how to word it right. Thanks! 🙂christineMember
I think you are on the right track since the answer to your question is in the posting. Since your 7 year old is attentive during the breakfast bible time, and we are to teach to the oldest and everything filters down to the younger… the younger children will see that this is special time and eventually follow with sitting still. But if they are moving nearby and can still hear you, they are listening! How much to read depends on how crazy it gets, but as you follow His lead, you should be able to know if 1 chapter is too much or not.
When our guys were younger, they acted out a few scenes (takes about 5min.) so if you ask them to act out a verse about wisdom and show them a few actions, they might pay closer attention if you are getting frustrated some days.
Hope that helps a wee bit!
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