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Friday, July 31, 2015

With Lee in Viginia Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2015 #hsreviews #hsmommas

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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 when we were offered a selection from Heirloom Audio Productions called With Lee in Virginia, The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty. This is the story of General Robert E. Lee and his adventures in the Civil War.
With Lee in Virginia Audio Drama Review
My boys love learning as much as they can and experiencing the wars in History any way they can but they are especially fond of Audio dramas as they bring these stories to life so to speak. 

This beautifully packaged 2 CD set comes with a couple bonus features, like the E-study guide which offers you a full study 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. You also get the MP3 Soundtrack download. The bonuses just enhance the already powerful audio drama and 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 downloaded the study guide.  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 General Robert E. Lee, a Bibliography and a recommended reading list for folks with older kids like me, with my boys going into 11th and 12th 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 General Robert E. Lee. The boys are gaining more than a History lesson, they are getting a solid foundation of Godly Character training. I am in love with this Audio Drama. This is the 3rd one in their series and this definitely does not disappoint. Over 2 and half hours of non stop adventure, you get the feeling you are right there in the middle of the Civil War.

Sometimes you listen to an audio drama and then you never really give it another thought!  After listening to both CDS that give you so much 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.

 I am a Mom who hated History as a kid in school, but I have found a new love for it in our homeschool partly because of my boys' passion for History and their enthusiasm is contagious especially when we incorporate add ons to our curriculum, such as these audio adventures like With Lee in Virginia from Heirloom Audio Productions. It is hard not to submerse yourself into the action when you can hear the story from some of your favorite actors.

  This was especially interesting to me as two of my favorite actors that I grew up loving who have turned to Christian acting roles were some of the voices in this story, such as Kirk Cameron who plays General Stonewall Jackson and Sean Astin, as General Jeb Stuart. My boys were excited when one of their favorite voices from the Adventures in Odyssey series came to life in With Lee in Virginia, Chris Anthony, she plays Mary Lee. These types of stories are always fun to listen to, but when you can visualize a character and relate to them it is even more exciting. There are many other characters as well but these were definitely our favorites.

 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.

Be sure to check out the Facebook page below as well as click the link for the other reviews from the crew to see how their families enjoyed With Lee in Virginia.

With Lee In Virginia (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/WithLeeInVirginia
Heirloom Audio Productions (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/heirloomaudio
Heirloom Audio Productions (Google+): https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/114534826166314080647/114534826166314080647
Heirloom Audio Productions (Twitter): https://twitter.com/HeirloomStories

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