Our family has been enjoying the experience of listening to the story of Sir William Wallace and King Robert the Bruce and their fight for freedom. The In Freedom's Cause Single Package will continue to bless our family for years to come. This story is told with such fire and passion that you are effortlessly transported Scotland at the beginning of the 14th Century at a time of great turbulence. We enter at the point of history that would eventually lead to Scotland's freedom from English rule. For me, there is no better way to learn history than to be completely immersed in it, and the stories of G.A. Henty told through Heirloom Audio Productions come to life in such a way that you feel part of the story.
Our family circumstances have changed a bit since the first production was released. We used to spend a lot more time in our vehicle traveling to a distant destination on a regular basis. Praise God, that is no longer the case. With the young ages of my children this meant that I had to get a little more creative with our listening time. We enjoyed coloring, putting together puzzles, and working with homemade busy bags either in our family room or at the dining room table while we enjoyed the story. After we had completed the first CD, I did a general search online to locate Scotland specific coloring pages. We located Scotland on the map and colored a map of Scotland as we began the second CD. This allowed us to already have a nice foundation in place to build their understanding and comprehension of the story. We later colored a Scottish bagpipe player, Sir William Wallace, and Maid Marian.
The CD Set and Study Guide provide wonderful opportunities for discussion no matter the age of your children. With mine being younger I picked out the portions that I thought were relevant and helpful for their age group. There is plenty of material for the beginner as well as the more advanced student. There is so much potential here to expand on the story further cementing this part of history into our consciousness. I love the way the Study Guide is so simply presented with it's three focus points; listening well, thinking further, and defining words. We primarily focus on listening well and defining words at this stage in the game discussing the questions and terms verbally together either during or after our listening session. I look forward to building on this as the children get older.
The story of Wallace and Bruce is one of heartbreak, tragedy, and pain. It is also an empowering lesson in faith, determination, and the value of freedom. Through its telling Heirloom Audio Productions wonderfully achieves their mission "...to engage our listeners imagination by taking them back in time and immersing them in the story." I have so enjoyed the first two releases that I am overjoyed to learn that two more new releases are expected this year! The first title, With Lee in Virginia, a tale of the American Civil War, is slotted for release on Memorial Day. You can follow the progress on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.
In Freedom's Cause is a valuable piece of world history. It will forever hold a prominent place in our homeschool. You can learn more about In Freedom's Cause via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. It's never too late to learn our history, and there's no better way than through Heirloom Audio Productions CD sets.