When our son Jordan was 4 or 5, we chanced upon a 6-cassette album of dramatized Bible stories at a Raymond Moore Homeschool seminar. We brought it home and Jordan just soaked them all up! While listening to those audio stories, he'd create and build complex masterpieces with popsicle sticks for hours on end! So over the years, we've invested in many, many story albums from Your Story Hour. Even now, at 16 years old, Jordan still automatically plays his tapes when he is in his room. He plays it as "background music." We bought stacks of albums: this is one habit I don't mind feeding!
WOW, I just discovered a great source of dramatized bible stories and a many other great audio stories. They are all in albums at deep discounts. We bought many of these albums on TAPES, but now you can download them as MP3s and load them onto your ipod! Go here and I will show you what to do.
A couple years after that first album, we discovered The Adventures in Odyssey series from Focus on the Family. These are upbeat, "small town Odyssey" tales with Biblical values that captivated all my kids. Great candy for our ears and mind!
So what process is actually happening here by replacing the TV with audio input? That is, how do audio dramas engage and grip our minds and make us better people? I like to make lists, so here's one on the benefits of immersing your kids with high quality audio nourishment. Both adults and kids, but especially kids, will:
Really! Who doesn't love a good story?
Having said all this, you realize that these tape and CD albums are not cheap! But over the years, as our other kids started developing the same listening habit, we see that the tapes and CDs are actually "cheap" in the grand scheme of life. After all, we (mom and Dad end up listening too) listen to them over and over again! AND they acquire that whole list of benefits I just listed! Not too shabby an investment.
Here's a Sample of a Dramatized Bible Story
To show you how captivating audios are, here's treat for you: an excellent AUDIO recording of the Easter Story. It is a vintage audio dramatization performed by Hollywood biggies Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall, Robert Young, Victor Jourie and music by Bach!
More Bible Stories for You
Would you like TWO ebooks full of wonderful Bible stories: Little-Known Women of the Bible, and The Wonder Book of Bible Stories, plus the occasional audio dramatized Bible story? And if you're interested, you can even download a complete suite of Multimedia Bible software and over 300 Bible lessons for children!
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