I am a huge fan of "van schooling" - you know it- you have a captive, buckled up audience! We discovered the power of listening to stories during all those endless trips to violin, piano, ballet, speech therapy....etc. Why not use all that time in the van to your advantage?
So, "what to listen to" you may ask? Let me recommend our newest discovery - World's Greatest Stories!
George W. Sarris tells the "world's greatest stories" straight from the actual Bible text. But, you would think you were listening to a full color production of it. He is amazing in his ability to bring the Bible text to life in his dramatic telling.
This is from their website:
"Using simply his voice, his memory, and the audience's imagination, he takes us back in time to view Biblical scenes such as the unbridled rage of King Nebuchadnezzar as he commands Shadrach, Meshech, and Abendnego to be cast into the blazing furnace, the sudden fear that overcomes his drunken descendant, Belshazzar, as he literally sees the handwriting on the wall, the repentant hearts of the citizens of Ninevah as they respond in humility to the preaching of Jonah, the angelic announcement of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, Herod's desperate attempt to kill Him as a young child, His ministry of healing and teaching among the people, the sorrow of His death, and the triumph of His resurrection."
I wholeheartedly agree! By far, the BEST Bible stories we've listened to. You can choose either NIV or KJV version. And, it is ONLY the words written in the Bible (no adding, no subtracting). What brings it to life is the masterful storyteller. All 8 of the testers in Bentz Laboratory were captivated (and not just because they were seatbelted in...). They begged for another, even after we had arrived home...so, we sat in the van to hear "just one more". We listened to "The Prophets".
I love that it is the actual Bible text. I think it can become confusing to present Bible stories to young children that captivate their interest and entertain - but, give an inaccurate protrayal of the facts (Ninevites did not really "slap people with fishes"...). World's Greatest Stories use the words of God to tell the story, and they are powerful indeed!
Each CD is only $7.95 - you can listen to an audio clip for yourself here. 6 Volumes are currently available - I know what to put in their stockings!
I was sent a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Review Crew.