Had ordered it so our daughter could learn some new songs. Was hoping I could also just put it in DVD player and let her sit and listen to them. Songs are not continues play, each one plays individually. So after each song you have to go back to the menu and select another one to play.
I was pleased with all the song selections, but extremely disappointed with the backgrounds. My children loved the songs, but we were expecting scenes of God's creation and it was more like backgrounds you'd find at a dance.
One of the main areas of Christian parenting that I see people (including myself) struggling with is establishing consistent times of devotion and worship in the lives of their children. We all want our children to learn to praise the Lord through song, prayer, and study, but this so often falls by the wayside unless we have a consistent, daily plan in place.
Thankfully, resources such as The Kids Hymnal make it SO easy for parents to bring children into worship and praise. This sing-along DVD includes the full content of the printed version of The Kids Hymnal but with on-screen graphics, lyrics, and sing-along music that all make it easy for children to learn the words to the songs.
The DVD includes a good mix of contemporary praise and choruses, traditional hymns, and some selections based on scripture that are set to song. My children have quickly found some fast favorites that they ask for by name, and are always excited to put the DVD on to sing and dance to the songs. My only complaint is that some of the songs are sung at a faster pace than I'd prefer to sing them too - particularly some of the older hymns that I'm used to singing at a more sedate pace.
This is really almost a worship experience in itself on a DVD, all I need to do is pop it on and my children are up and singing their hearts out, waiting for turns to pick the next songs. They're always a bit disappointed when it's time to move on with our day.
The navigation is fairly straightforward, with four menu's that divide the songs up into their numerical order (Songs 1 - 20, 21-40, 41-60, and 61-80). The songs are then listed by the song number and name so it's easy to navigate to the one you'd like to hear. Each song features one of an assortment of animated backgrounds - nothing too fancy here, there seems to be a selection of 6-7 backgrounds and they vary from song to song.
The DVD is a stand-alone product, while it's designed to co-ordinate with the other Kids Hymnal products, it is easily the most comprehensive because it includes both the lyrics and the music! If I could only pick one Kids Hymnal product to buy, this would be it. Of course, I do have the printed hymnals on the way as well (nothing to make a girl feel all grown up like having her â€˜own' hymnal!). If you don't have the hymnal itself, you'll want to hang onto the case for easy reference because all of the songs are listed on the back of the cover.
Oh! Have to go! My seven-year-old just asked to put on the DVD so they can sing some songs!