For a jr. high boy, standing and reading scripture in front of a room full of adults and peers is sheer torture. Let alone when the pastor chooses an Old Testament passage filled with names ending with “iah” or foreign peoples ending with “ucites.” So my hint for the kids used to be: fake confidence. Say it like you mean it! (fist raised!) Then everyone in the audience doesn’t say, “it’s Jeb-UUU-site, dummy” but rather, “Oh, THAT’S how you say it.” Just watch. When some kid follows through on this, the adults nod in agreement. That’s right, kid.