Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"Trusting in the Shepherd"- DVD Review & Giveaway

Back at the beginning of September, my 3-year-old daughter and I began a journey together of preschool homeschooling.  This was definitely an unchartered path for the two of us, but one that we both were anxious to begin.  I didn’t know much of what I was going to be teaching, or even what I was supposed to be teaching.  But one thing that I was sure I wanted to teach her was Scripture memory.  Thankfully, she has successfully embraced this part of our lessons and can now clearly and accurately quote three paraphrased verses:

I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14

He who walks with the wise grows wise. 
Proverbs 13:20

God is love.
1 John 4:8

Even though my daughter is quite young, her rapidly growing mind is a thirsty sponge.  The quantity that she soaks up from what she is being taught-- both directly and indirectly-- simply amazes me.  For that reason, I’m doing my darndest to find ways to teach her not only concepts she should be learning as a preschooler, but also life-altering truths about her Heavenly Father.

So, my plan is to continue implementing Scripture memory into our weekly lessons by using stories, songs, and even videos when appropriate.  Fortunately, there are many resources available these days that make this endeavor quite easy.  I was recently given the opportunity to review a new children’s dvd that will work wonderfully for this specific objective and hopefully you will find it just as valuable, too.

The newly released video is from Dayspring’s Really Woolly Kids line and is entitled, Trusting in the Shepherd.  The DVD features two all-new episodes about Gracie & Jacob Woolly as they learn the meaning of Psalm 23:4... that Jesus is always with us to guide and protect us.

From a child’s point of view, my daughter has loved this video.  Even after watching the DVD for the first time, the initial words out of her mouth were: “Mommy, can I please watch that one more time?”.  If you are or have been a parent of a preschooler, you know that those words mean, “Great job, Dayspring!”.

From a parent’s point of view, I appreciated the lessons shared in the two episodes, which are about facing fear and trusting in Jesus as our Shepherd.  The music throughout the video is catchy and fun, plus a sing-a-long is included that helps kids memorize Psalm 23:4.  Here is the paraphrase of the verse used in the theme song:
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not fear...   For You are with me, God, and I am brave when You are near.
Several times I have found myself humming the tune or singing the song as I go about my business each day.  Which means one thing-  I’m learning the Scripture, too!  It’s definitely a win-win situation for both parent and child.

Here are a few more specifics about the DVD itself:
  • 40-minute video
  • Online Family Adventures Info
  • Outtakes
  • Really Woolly Kids Trivia
  • Deleted scene
  • Recommended for ages 3-8
From the DVD’s packaging to the actual content of the video, Trusting in the Shepherd by Dayspring and Really Woolly Kids gets two thumbs up from this resource-hunting parent.  To learn more about this release or other Really Woolly Kids products, I encourage you to visit their website at  Hurry on over to “like” their Facebook page and invite your friends to do the same.


Good news!  I was graciously given an extra copy of Trusting in the Shepherd to give away to one of my fabulous readers.  For a chance to win this free DVD, just follow the guidelines listed below:

Required entry-  Visit the Really Woolly Kids website and tell me which DVD or gift you like best.

Want an extra entry?  Do any or all of the following and receive an extra entry for each one.  Be sure to leave me a separate comment for each additional entry.

*Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect.

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*Subscribe to my feed via email or reader. 

*Go to the Facebook page and like Really Woolly Kids. 

*Share this giveaway on your personal Facebook page. 
*Blog about this giveaway.  It doesn’t have to be a separate post.  Just include a blurb about it when you blog about other giveaways. 

Comments will close on Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST.  One comment per person, please (unless you do the extra credit).  US residents only.  Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated.  Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.

To enter my other current DVD giveaways, click here and here.


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Anonymous said...

I am sure Annslee would love this when she gets older.


Jacqueline said...

Just hopping over from Welcome Wednesday. I am your newest follower. Come follow me back. I have to say I loved the Halloween Memory Lane. Wish I had some of myself when growing up.

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Have a great week! :)

melodygreen said...

My favorite is the DVD you are reviewing... well, either that or the Scripture memory game. That looks like such a great resource for helping with memorizing some Bible verses! We are somewhat homeschooling Pre-K here (I haven't been too consistent... but, really, we do so much "school" just in everyday life that I don't feel too guilty. Looking at this year as practice for maybe homeschooling K!) I am glad you did this review -- we just did the free preview of the Bible Verse interactive thingy on wollykids and had a blast! :)

melodygreen said...

I liked Really Woolly Kids on Facebook as well.

Jeska said...

This would be a great gift for my nephew!