If you attend Redemption and have not yet utilized RightNow Media, you are missing out. As a mom of four little ones, I am always on the lookout for good, quality television shows that they enjoy, that teach them something valuable, and that allow me to take a shower or have a moment to regain my sanity.
While we have some shows that we love that teach my kids wonderful things, traditional television is always lacking the Jesus component that I desperately want my kids to understand. It is wonderful for them to learn some tips to help control their anger, but what happens when they inevitably fail? How can they alone control their anger when they are bounded by sin, as we all are?
These are things that I get to teach them as a mom, but now, through RightNow Media, our kids get to learn them through TV, as well.
There is a variety of shows on RightNow Media for kids. Some are great; some will bring you back to your early 90’s childhood, provided that you grew up in the church (Bibleman), and some are, let’s just say, interesting (The Seed). Here are some of my family’s favorite shows, which my kids love, they capture their attention, and they teach them really great lessons and truths about the Gospel.
What’s in the Bible?
A few weeks ago, I was reading through the book of Job with my 4-year-old son next to me. He asked me what I was reading, so I started explaining the book to him. A few sentences in, I was immediately cut off by my son, as he finished explaining the story of Job, and not just the story, but he included correct theology and everything. I felt like I was listening to a Bible commentary from a 4 year old. As much as I would love to take credit for the wonderful theology coming out of his mouth, I knew he didn’t learn it from me.
“Where did you learn that?” I asked. “Oh, it was an episode of What’s in the Bible?” he said.
And that is why I love this show!
What’s in the Bible? was created by Phil Vischer, who is also the creator of VeggieTales. While the series was wildly successful, Vischer wanted something for kids that would teach them more than just Bible stories. He wanted to teach the kids about the story of the Bible. What’s in the Bible? is Sesame Street and the Muppets meet the story of God. Kids can learn the whole story of the Bible as they follow a series of short clips teaching them on one passage in the Bible. Kids ages 4-10 probably enjoy it the most, but I enjoy watching it and learn just as much as my kids while I do. It’s a great show for the whole family to watch together.
For more information about What’s in the Bible?, watch this video from the creator Phil Vischer.
If your kids love penguins and spaceships, then they will love 3-2-1 Penguins!, which follows four penguins and a little boy as they go on adventures through space. It’s a fantastical show produced by Vischer and Big Idea, Inc. as well, which does a good job of including elements of daily life in the midst of the adventure. The main characters always learn a good moral lesson, such as the virtue of patience, they hear what the Bible says about the lesson, and the show always ends with bedtime prayers.
It is definitely an entertaining show for kids ages 3-7. I asked my kids what they thought, and they simply gave it two thumbs up because they were too interested in the show to tell me any further thoughts.
Owlegories is a brand new show on RightNow Media that focuses on teaching kids to discover Christ in the world around them. It begins with a classroom full of owls, and the teacher sends them out to explore their world and look for Jesus. In the first episode, the owls go out and are charged with finding three ways God is like the sun.
The show does a great job of teaching kids how to see that “all of life is all for Jesus.” The animation is very well done, and the show uses a larger vocabulary then many other kids’ shows, which I appreciate as a mom. At the end of each episode, there is a 2-3 minute mini-sermon from adults. This part is helpful for my older kids, but I found that my younger kids lose interest here.
After watching the episode “The Seed,” my daughter explained the whole Parable of the Sower to me and described the different sorts of people that Jesus was talking about. So the lessons do stick. This show is probably best for kids ages 3-8.
For more information about Owlegories, you can go here.
These are my family’s current favorites on RightNow Media, but there are a bunch of other great ones available like VeggieTales, Friends and Heroes, McGee and Me, and Adventures in Odyssey, just to name a few.
I have found that the episodes of shows aren’t as easy to find as you might expect on RightNow Media. If you go to the “Favorite Kids Shows” suggestion, there will only be the most popular episodes from a series. Go to the “Kids” section to find all the episodes of a particular show you are looking for.
RightNow Media has provided many great teaching resources for my family that have promoted some good dinner time conversations about the Gospel, Jesus, and how our current world relates to the Bible. I highly recommend taking some time to explore the resources available for kids and adults as well.
For a free RightNow Media account, which is a gift for you provided by Redemption Church, please go here.