It doesn’t need to be hard! Our family uses an easy technique to read the Bible together. It keeps the kids engaged and interested in the text.
How to Read the Bible Together
Some of the most precious time I’ve spent with my children has been while we’ve read the Bible together. I’ve enjoyed so much getting to hear their little voices (now deep voices) read the Word of God, hearing the questions they have, and challenging them to think through Bible Road Trip™ chapter discussion questions…..
As soon as my children were able to read aloud, we began to use round robin reading to read through Scripture together. Reading the Bible together isn’t hard… it just takes diligence. (Set a daily time to read together!)
Read the Bible Using Round Robin Reading
Check out this quick video, and I’ll explain how we use round robin reading in our house!
How to Read the Bible with Your Kids: Pray!
We start out our reading by praying. We thank God for His Word. The Lord inspired men to write the Bible. It’s inerrant and infallible. The Bible is God’s Word to us, and it’s an important history of his will here on earth. What a gift!
We also ask God to help us pay attention as we read, and we ask the Holy Spirit to reveal his Word to us. (1 Corinthians 2:9-13)
How to Read the Bible Together: Round Robin Reading
The round robin reading method of reading the Bible together is pretty simple.
We each take a turn reading a section of the Bible in a circle. So, when we’re reading a chapter, each of us will read a paragraph. We go around in a circle until we’re done with the chapter. If we’re just reading a passage of the Bible, we each read a sentence or two. Again, we take turns by going around in a circle until we’re done reading.
How to Read the Bible and Keep Your Kids Engaged
Round robin reading really keeps kids engaged in what they’re reading. After all, they’re waiting for their turn, so they’re careful to follow along with what their sibling is reading. It’s fun for them to read, and they tend to pay better attention when they are the reader.
We read a chapter at a time when we’re doing Bible Road Trip™ together, and then we go through the discussion questions together. If I feel like one of my children isn’t answering questions regularly, or they seem distracted, I’ll go ahead and single that child out to answer the next question before I read it.
Round robin reading is a great way to keep your kids engaged as your read the Bible together. Try it out!
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.