I have a question for my friends out there. I've been trying to set aside time each day (trying!) to read the Bible with Gracie. I don't mean from a Bible storybook or a child's devotional book but just the good 'ole Bible. I feel it's important for her to see us reading it and to get into a habit of reading it. She has her own Bible that is NIRV (New International Readers Version...basically an NIV written in simpler words & phrases for ages 6-10...still the "real" Bible) and she enjoys reading it while we're at church and stuff but I want her to get into the habit of reading it each day and learning from it. When school starts, I'd like to have this reading time at breakfast before we leave for school.
I'm having trouble knowing exactly what to read to her from the Bible. I have done some different things. I'll ask her to tell me a story she'd like to hear and I'll find that and read it to her. I've read her a couple of the stories of the characters from VBS, and I've been reading some of Proverbs to her.
The problem is I'm not sure if she's getting anything out of it. Even the stories have so much that aren't in the typical children's Bible storybook that I'm afraid it's confusing her. When I read the story of Esther to her, if I said the word v-i-r-g-i-n once, I said it 5 times! She never asked me what it was but I was nervous that she was going to. Maybe that's not a big deal but it was a cause of concern for me. In Proverbs, there are some things that seem like they would be confusing to her. The funny thing is that sometimes I think she's probably not paying attention or doesn't understand and then she'll comment about something and it shows that she is listening. Other times, she just sits quietly and doesn't comment.
Of course, we still have our Bible storybooks and our "life application" type stories and our Veggie Tales Devotional book and all of those wonderful books for children that we will still read to her. I just know that I need to read the Bible more and feel I should begin encouraging her to read it daily also.
Just to give you an idea of what she is capable of for those who may not know, she is almost 6 (I have until Friday!). She has completed Kindergarten and can read well above grade level. She can read from her Bible very well. She is a very literal child, inquisitive about things and into "following the rules." That doesn't mean that she always does everything right but she's the type that will tattle on herself if she even thinks she's done something wrong. Based on her age and where she is maturity wise, can any of you recommend to me specific parts of the Bible that we could read to her~or she could read to us? I think it's important to read the "real" Bible to her even though she is young. I don't want to shy away from it just because parts of it may be a little too "old" for her right now (think Song of Solomon or Revelations!) but I want to read the parts that she'll get the most out of. Any suggestions?
Thank you in advance!