Not too long ago, I shared about how our family loves to use audio (including lots of our favorite audio selections).
As we are looking ahead to the next school year, I made audio purchases based on our topics for next year. In Classical Conversations Cycle 1, much of the history is focused on the ancient civilizations throughout the world. You will see that reflected in my choices. Here’s what I bought:
The Mystery of History Volume 1, Audio Book Set (10 Audio CDs): My children are really excited about this one. We listened to samples here before I bought it. The kids plan to listen at lunch time. Honestly, I expect them to start any day because they are excited so we may listen to it twice this year. If we do get through this twice, I will probably go ahead and buy Volume 2 as well. (I know others like to listen to Story of the World, but we picked Mystery of History for this year.)
Ben Hur (Radio Theatre): Since we love The Chronicles of Narnia (Radio Theatre), I was excited when I remembered Ben Hur. It’s a well-done radio theatre with exciting chariot race sound effects. This is based more on the book than on the movie so the story might be different than you remember. I enjoyed learning more about Romans during the time of Christ in this fictional story. When we (will) learn about the names of the false Roman gods in CC, there are names the kid will recognize in this audio story. The Romans really thought they were gods, and I always try to make sure my kids realize that. (They’re not just funny stories someone made up.)
Jim Weiss Selections:
Tales From Cultures Far and Near: This CD has stories from all over the world including Japan, China, and West Africa.
A Storyteller’s Version of… Arabian Nights: It starts with the story of the 1,001 nights and then tells: Ali Baba and the 40 theives, and some other fun stories. Elijah and Seth noticed how certain aspects of these stories were clearly influenced by the real events from the Bible. In one story a newborn prince is put in a basket and floated down a river. It was kind of the reverse of Moses.
Galileo and the Stargazers: Including Archimedes and the Golden Crown: Seth was excited that this included the story of Archimedes and the Golden Crown (a famous mathematics story). Elijah was laughing uncontrollably as the story told of how Archimedes jumped out of the bath and ran to the king’s chamber. This CD talks about real men who lived and learned in Ancient Times.
A Treasury of Wisdom: True Stories of Hope and Inspiration: This CD includes stories about or from a number of people: Solomon, Alexander the Great, Diogenes (A Greek), and a number of others including more modern stories.
Julius Caesar & The Story of Rome: We haven’t bought this one only because the vendor did not have it at CHAP. We plan to get it sometime soon. The telling of Julius Caesar is supposed to be from Shakespeare’s play. I think this CD will fit in well while we are listening to Ben Hur as well.
There are some Jim Weiss CDs we looked at but decided against. While I am okay with my children knowing the names of false gods, we try to not “glorify” them or embrace the “fun” of their stories (at least while the kids are still young). After looking at these, we didn’t feel like they would fall under what we wanted to study. If you’ve heard some of these and would like to change our minds, feel free to let us know why you think they are beneficial. Here are the ones we didn’t pick: Egyptian Treasures: Mummies and Myths, Greek Myths, Heroes in Mythology: Theseus, Prometheus, Odin, and She and He: Adventures in Mythology.
Science (and some history):
We’ll continue to listen to Jonathan Park and his great adventures. Often there are references to memory work pegs we have made in Classical Conversations. I don’t know if a list exists somewhere with what science or history topics are in each episode, but we don’t try to “match” up with CC as much as just notice the connections.
I also hope to get some historical fiction audio books from the library as well this year.
Do you have any suggestions of what we should add to our family’s listening library?
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