Sing the Word from A to Z CD
26 Scripture memory songs. Each verse begins with a different letter of the alphabet. Ages 1-7. NIV, KJV. About the Sing The Word Series:
I (Joy) am not a big fan of children's music. The simple ditties seem trivial at best, and all too frequently become unbiblical in an effort at simplicity. The music ranges from tedious to obnoxious, and even if the humor was funny once, it quickly becomes exasperating as it is repeated over and over during the course of the day. Thankfully, this series is very different. Sung by and for children, the words you'll hear are taken directly from the scriptures and the music itself encompasses a wide range of musical styles and is neither tedious nor grating.
After listening to the first CD once we were surprised to find ourselves singing the verses around the house, complete with the correct references. For a family with chronic poor memory, this was notable! Perhaps this was because the words are repeated several times in each song, or perhaps because the children's voices are so pleasing to listen to and the tunes are catchy and easy to sing. If your children are still at that young adorable stage, you can use the included instrumental-only tracks for a family recital.
Produced by a musically enterprising couple and their clutch of young children, the Harrows found that the musical sophistication and depth grew with their children. They suggest that Sing The Word A to Z is geared for 1-7 year olds, A New Commandment for ages 6+, God Our Provider for ages 7+, Great In Counsel for ages 8+, The Heavens Declare for ages 9+, All Nations Shall Worship for ages 10+, and Credo: I Believe for ages 11+. While this is helpful to know, the scriptural content and wide musical variety (a Baroque string orchestra, a rhythmically intense Salsa band, an Irish jig, an Israeli Hora...) lend appeal to a much wider age range. The Bible versions vary too, including NIV, KJV, NKJV, RSV, and NAS. I find that even the versions I normally wouldn't prefer are a refreshing change from most of today's supposedly Christian music.
Be sure to listen to the downloadable clips taken from each CD. It is often hard to get an accurate feel for music from a clip, but the Harrows have done an excellent job with these samples. If you like the clips, I'm confident you'll really enjoy the CDs!
Instrumental only tracks are also included!
Made in: USA
Listen to a sample here
I was concerned when I bought a CD targeted to Bible verse memorization that the music would not be high quality, but the Harrows are real, professional musicians. Many of the verses on this CD are set to traditional tunes, but they are played and sung beautifully, and for the most part the style of music has been thoughtfully paired with the meaning of the verse. Our whole family likes this CD. Very catchy, too!
We are loving this CD! I was a bit unsure about getting one of these but I am so glad we did. It has helped us so much with are verse memorization! I even find myself singing it through out the day and my kids beg to turn it on again. My husband even remarked "I am really glad you got that CD" (we catch him singing it too!) This product has been a blessing because it turned a boring task into something so much fun!
I fell in love with this CD the first time we played it, and by the end of the day, my kids had memorized several new Bible verses and were well on their way to learning 26 more! They were creative in choosing 26 verses to go with each letter, and didn't just use the standard verses that you might think of. The CD plays the songs with words first, and then instrumental, which I don't care for, but that is not a big deal. The songs are catchy and a easy for your children (and you too!) to pick up. This is a great way to hid God's word in your heart.
We have really enjoyed the Sing the Word from A to Z CD. The songs are simple, cheerful, and very catchy. Even my youngest children have learned every single verse in a short amount of time. It is nice to hear the sweet sounds of a father and his children singing the Word together. I like that the songs are rather short and repetitive. It has really helped my younger children easily learn each verse. We like to pop it in the CD player as we clean up the kitchen after meals. I also play it for them during playtime. I love to hear my children singing the verses on their own throughout the day. We try to memorize as much scripture as we can, and this has been a helpful tool, especially for my younger children. I recommend it.
After really enjoying Steve Green's Hide 'Em in Your Heart CD's, we were a bit disappointed in Sing the Word from A to Z. The songs were a little too slow and quiet for us after the exuberance of the Steve Green CD's. If this had been our first exposure to listening to learning scripture through music, I'm sure we would have been very pleased with Sing the Word. It's just a matter of personal preference and our children preferred something else.