* Read small portions at a time. Sometimes we read a chapter in the morning and another in the evening.
* Don’t set a timetable when reading with young children. You probably won’t be able to complete the Bible in a year if your children are young, but it is still worthwhile to read straight through, even if it takes two years to finish.
* Keep a checklist and mark your progress. Our children enjoy seeing how far we’ve come.
* Allow young children to color or play quietly with felts or Legos. My children listen much better when their hands are busy. If they get loud, they are given a warning. After that, they are sent out of the room for a couple of minutes. If you are consistent, it doesn’t take long to train children to sit quietly.
* Ask questions periodically to keep kids paying attention. We are using the two volume set Balancing the Sword as an aid to our devotions. These books each have several objective questions, answerable from the text, for every chapter in the entire Bible, allowing you to quickly ascertain whether your children have understood what you are reading. As an added bonus, the included CD enables you to customize your Bible reading schedule.
* Take time to talk about what the passages mean. Does the passage point forward to Christ? Does the passage teach us about sin to avoid or about God’s character? How can the passage be applied? Many of the long lists of the Old Testament reveal to us that God takes the worship of His name and the purity of His people very seriously.
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