Here's a list of some of the things we currently do to make our Bible reading time more interactive and multiple-intelligence informed. I'm looking forward to your ideas in response!
- Have children draw an illustration as the story is read
- Have children "vote" by raising their hand higher or lower while they hear the story to express how they feel about various things, such as, "understand or confused," "interesting or boring." You can also have them hold up signs, such as, "good advice," "strange," "main point!" "boo!" "yay!" etc.
- Have children listen for one word that stands out to them, write it down, and then share that word at the end. You can have them pick out several words, such as, "the strangest word," or "the most important word." Depends on your story.
- Have children echo what you read when you pause. You can echo it back to them, and pause again to have them echo it back!
- Turn lights off and pass a flashlight to different readers to focus their attention and mood. Or give everyone a tea light.
I am finding that simply reading the scripture and expecting kids to just sit and listen often fails to grab their attention. Also, I think it can be too tempting to always paraphrase or not read directly from the Bible. Especially for our older kids, they are ready to be directly in the word but sometimes need some tools to stay focused.