Monday, March 16, 2009

Starting something new


Old bedtime schedule(for the kids) aka 'song, scripture, prayer time':
-Get in pj's
-Everyone pick a primary/hymn to sing together
-Scott and Mom alternate nights reading from scriptures
-Kneel for family prayer
-Brush teeth and use potty
-Take kids to bed, sing, children pray, lights out

New bedtime schedule(for the kids):
-Get in pj's
-Everyone pick a primary/hymn to sing together
-Everyone has their own set of scriptures to hold, Scott and Mom alternate nights reading, and every night each child(as long as they can speak...so not Annabelle, yet) also reads a verse from the scriptures aloud, repeating the words after Mom/Dad
-Kneel for family prayer
-Brush teeth and use potty
-Take kids to bed, sing, children pray, lights out

I put the change in bold, to make it obvious. We started doing this last week and we've already noticed some improvements during our, 'song, scripture, prayer time'. Here is what we've observed:

1. Because the kids each have their own set of scriptures to follow along with, they're more reverent. They're not constantly jumping on couches, doing somersaults, climbing on top of me and Scott, pushing each other etc. But they're actually sitting still and looking at their own scriptures!
2. Because they're reading aloud, they're becoming more familiar with the words in the scriptures. The scriptures can be hard to understand and hard to get through, especially in this day in age when we don't normally say things like, "thee, thou, wherefore, and it came to pass, redemption, appointed' and on and on and on. There are so many new and unfamiliar words! But already, they're starting to feel a little more comfortable saying them. The first several nights we had to repeat words several times because when they would try and say them it would come out all gibberish because they'd never tried to say that word before.
3. The kids also sit better because they're anxiously awaiting their turn to read

3 comments:

BAWC said...

good idea. they can read already? if so, that doesn't surprise me at all. how is your book coming?

Betsy said...

Excellent ideas!!

Maren said...

Cute! I bet it is fun to hear how they say the scripture words.