But this meant that my children were going to struggle to maintain attention in the pew Sunday morning! I decided in advance, that our note-taking would be more "interactive." I placed the 2 children (my twin 10 yr. olds) that would struggle the most on either side of me. I then chose 2 "interactive" note-taking forms to do throughout the sermon.
We started by using a blank note page to take notes Key Word Scrabble style. I wrote the preaching pastor's name down the center of the page. We built our key words from there.
I took some of my own notes on the adjoining page.
Another family member used Sermon Illustrator during the sermon. The kids enjoyed watching the progress of the illustration.
The 45 minute sermon seemed to pass quickly!
I'm pretty certain that if we didn't take any notes during the sermon, my kids would have either fallen asleep or at least stayed awake but not "heard" or remembered a thing.