The Read and See DVD Bible has 40 Bible stories with pictures in the book and they also read and show the pictures from the book on DVD. The text of the story is shown on the screen as they read it which is a great help for her reading skills. Then, after each story is a song that fits that theme. The words for the songs show up on the screen as well, so it is not only fun to sing, but also is another good way to practice reading. So that makes 40 stories and 40 songs on the DVD and Gess just loves them all. If we cover one of the stories during our reading or lesson time we will end by loading up the DVD, watching the story together and then singing the song that goes with it. Gess, however, will also watch it on her own too. She has spent tons of time just going from story to song to story to song all on her own. The fact that she is not only learning to read, or having fun singing, but is also learning those great lessons from the Bible is an added blessing to me.
Gess got a CD player for her birthday last year and for Christmas her grandmother got her a CD and DVD by the Go Fish Guys. They are a children's Christian music group that has great songs and a really cool, rather than kiddyish sound. Their videos on the DVD also have the words to sing along with (again improving reading while having fun). There songs have great messages and also help you to remember important things like the names of the books in the Bible with their song Bible Book Bop and the 1o commandments to which they sing the 10 Commandment Boogie. I especially love this one which explains that we are saved by grace!
These are just some fun ways we have found to make the Bible really come alive. They certainly make Gess want to sing and praise the Lord!