1. Keep it routine. If the children expect to read the God’s Word every day after breakfast and dinner, no one will waste time looking for junior. Nor for their copy of the Scriptures. It matters less what time you choose than that you choose a time and use it consistently.
2. Keep it short. We need not spend 2 hours expounding on the ramifications of predestination, nor hold a marathon prayer vigil on our knees. Young attention is held best in short, 15-30 minute sessions. They will listen, learn, and apply. That is the Scriptural model.
3. Begin and end with prayer. Hearts, minds, and spirits are drawn to the moment’s import, and the room is quieted
with a divine hush of reverence.
4. Daddy reads. Now is when the father demonstrates his spiritual leadership in a firm, visible way, and mother exemplifies submission and reverence. In his absence, the mother may take his place reading. The oldest son, alternatively, may read in his absence; this is great training for his future leadership. The reading should not be too long, so the truths can be digested in one sitting.
5. Everyone should participate. The youngest may give a brief re-telling of what was read; an older child may, perhaps, fills in details. The children will then ask questions on the passage. Finally, invite discussion concerning application. The father will expound further, at times, and draw out lessons his family needs to learn. Parents should expect age-appropriate participation and may probe deeper if older children need help thinking with understanding- or wisdom- level insight.
6. Perhaps sing. There seem to be seasons for this, but hymn study is very useful if not burdensome. Choose the best you can, and lift the taste, understanding, and worship of the family with godly songs, hymns, and spiritual songs.
7. Memorize. Scripture memory and catechism recitation also are useful, if not used to excess. Remember, the Bible itself is the principle thing. Helping the children to meditate on God’s Word and know their doctrine is an important part of their education, too. Tacking it onto the end of Bible Time during times of learning is wise.