Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Under Drake's Flag Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2014 #hsmommas #hsreviews

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Our family loves to listen to Audio Dramas, it has become a treasured family event in our home during our family Circle Time. So we were so intrigued when offered a selection from Heirloom Audio Productions the CD we received was Under Drake's Flag, The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty.
This beautifully packaged 2 CD set comes with four bonus features, first is the "instant" access of a download version of Under Drake's Flag, second the E-study guide which offers you 30 pages of a Christian stand point on the story as well as discussion questions on how your kids and family can incorporate the lessons into their daily lives and what they learned in the audio drama. Thirdly, the MP3 Soundtrack download. First Audio-Theater Soundtrack ever produced! Contains all the original music by Emmy-winning composer John Campbell. John also composed the original score for C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia. Last but certainly not least a beautiful printable copy,  suitable for framing of Drake's Prayer. All of the bonuses have a combined value of $70 but you can get all of them and the physical 2 disc set for $29.95 This is truly suitable for the whole family, with recommended ages of 6 and up. 
I can tell you I was impressed from the minute we received our first email containing our downloadable content. Everything is carefully thought out and comes across so beautifully. We enjoyed listening to the adventures and hearing the story of G.A. Genty. We chose to do this as a family over several nights. We used the included study guide and the 3 main principles, Listening Well, Thinking Further and Defining Words. After we got through all of the discussion questions there were then 3 Bible stories that tie into the story that help you dive in deeper to the Godly Character we all want to possess. At the end there is a Biography of Sir Frances Drake, a Bibliography and a recommended reading list for folks with older kids like me, with my boys being in 10th and 11th grade I am always looking to take a study and go further with it, making it more meaty as I like to put it. This allows you to step further and do a study on Sir Frances Drake. We are just beginning that leg of our Under Drake's Flag journey. The boys are gaining more than a History lesson, they are getting solid foundation of Godly Character training. I am in love with this Audio Drama. 
Sometimes you listen to an audio drama and then you never really give it another thought!  After listening to both CDS that give you 2 full hours of listening entertainment, and then being able to use the accompanying study guides this is definitely a complete package and  is not one of those listen and leave kind of adventures.  This will have your family and children talking and learning for a long time to come. This is a not only an adventure to captivate audiences but it is one that teaches and touches on Godly Character and our purpose in life. I know that this is something I have pounded into my kids and it was a nice break from the normal Bible Study and Character trait training we are used to. They seemed to really hang on every length of this adventure and want to hear more. We broke the CD up into 20 minute segments, so we could truly grasp what we had heard and learned in smaller chunks. After we completed the whole 2 CD set we went back through it and listened to it all at once. We picked up on things we missed the first time and this led to even more discussion. We cannot wait to tell our friends about this, and I am thinking this would be a perfect class for our older kids at our homeschool co-op. There are larger kits available at a discounted price that are great for group learning and even youth group bible study. 
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