Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Family Scripture Study

I don't know about you, but my experience with family scripture study has been that it ebbs and flows.  Sometimes it goes pretty well for a period of time, and sometimes-- well, actually a lot of time time-- it just doesn't.  Either we can't seem to get our act together to make it happen, or the scripture time itself is a major battle, with wild toddlers and older kids arguing with each other.

We set a goal at the beginning of the year to try to make scripture study happen more regularly.  We're setting aside a little bit of money each month toward something fun at the end of the year if we can get through the whole Book of Mormon this year.  I figured we needed to read 20 chapters a month and that means we only need to read 2/3 of the time.  Since we do try to read daily that didn't sound hard, but the reality is that we are currently a little bit behind.  That's been eye opening to realize how those "oh well, we'll for sure do it tomorrow" days add up.  So we're trying harder.  I have a little chart that we color that helps us stay on track. 

Right now some good things are happening with our family scripture study, and that makes me happy.  For years, we didn't have much of a system as to who read: usually the Badger or I would just read most of the chapter, maybe trading off halfway.  Maybe one of the kids would read a verse, or a column, or something, but there was no set system.  Recently, we started doing what my family did when I was little.  We take turns reading, moving around the room in a circle, and everyone reads two verses.  I like this because it makes everyone pay attention so they're ready for their next turn.  It's a little more effort at first because you have to make sure every reader has a set of scriptures in front of them, and with a big chaotic family that can seem like a monumental task.  We recently got new sets of scriptures for the older kids who didn't have them yet, so at the moment we have the advantage of kids excited about a chance to use their new scriptures.  I hope that by the time that excitement wears off, we will have established a habit. 


Aflyonmyhomeschoolwall said...

Instead of reading a whole chapter 2/3 of the time, try reading 15-20 verses every single day. You'll still finish the BofM in a year, and it'll be easier to read consistently.

We've used this chart with a lot of success:

Happy reading!

Make It Kate said...

I recently heard Sis. Mariott say that it took 7 years to read through the Book of Mormon the first time with her kids, because they had to read during the bedlam of breakfast time, and could only get through 2-3 verses a day. That was sure comforting! One thing we've had to do is just turn on the audio scriptures sometime in the morning and just let it play in the background while people get ready for the day. Some people miss out, there are kids running and screaming everywhere, the fighting and/or playing happen over the top of it, but it's there, poking into their minds, every day.