A wonderful new dvd set came out on July 26th. I’m talking about Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! Scholastic Storybook Treasures Young Artists Collection.
From the musical masterpiece Zin! Zin! ZIn! A Violin to the tale of overcoming stage fright Shrinking Violet and the outstandingly original The Dot, kids and parents will be entertained and inspired to tap into their inner artist! With celebrity narration and songs by Aretha Franklin, Zach Braff and more, this collection provides the perfect primer for young artists, musicians, and performers.
I really like the idea behind these Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVDs. It’s basically a book on video as it has someone reading (or singing) the words as it displays the pictures. You can have the dvd show the words or not show them. I like when it shows them as it’s great for students to put the letters/shapes of words together with their sound/meaning. Plus, since there are different people reading each one, no child should get bored of hearing the same voice.
This particular set is great for inspiring young children to be artists. One DVD contains stories to encourage musicians with stories like Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! and The Star Spangled Banner (which is sang by Aretha Franklin and it is beautiful). Another dvd contains stories artists, such as The Dot and Art. Not to be left out, the 3rd DVD is for performers with Giraffes Can’t Dance and Amazing Grace (among others).
I think it’s great that these stories are enjoyable, yet they have a good message. They encourage creativity (which can be stifled in today’s classroom, if not careful), self-confidence, and art appreciation.
I really enjoyed the extras in this set. It features a Spanish version The Dot, Ish, and Amazing Grace. With so many ESL/ELL students (English as a Second Language/ English Language Learners) in the classroom these days, they would appreciate a story in their native tongue and this would be great for them. There is also an interview with Patrick McDonnell.
This is really a great DVD set. Plus, when you enter the code “NKFB20″ at checkout you get a 20 percent discount on orders placed there (through Aug 31).
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