9/25/2017

Heirloom Audio Productions: Captain Bayley’s Heir Review

Heirloom Audio Productions Review of Captain Bayley's Heir

We love being picked to review audio dramas. We have learned so much from the Heirloom Audio Productions adventures of the G.A. Henty books. Their latest audio drama is Captain Bayley’s Heir. And of course, like all of their other productions, this one is just as great. We received the CD’s which has over two hours of adventure. We also received access to the Live the Adventure Club which has access to the study guide and other bonuses.

A little (or a lot) about the story: Captain Bayley’s Heir starts out with Mr. George (the narrator) meeting a young fellow named Frank in America. Mr. George tells Frank that he is going to write a book on America about the California Gold Rush. Frank tells him he would love to hear the story. Mr. George begins the story back in England.

In England, we meet the Hall family, and Frank, Fred, and Alice. Harry Hall is a cripple who has trouble walking and must use a makeshift wheelchair. Frank and Alice live with Captain Harold Bayley. Frank and Fred are cousins and also Captain Bayley’s nephews. They become friends with Harry when Frank rescues his dog from the ice pond.

Alice discovers Harold had a daughter named Ella. Ella had run away when she fell in love with a man that Harold did not approve of. She left an address, but when Harold wrote to her years later, it was too late. Her and her husband had just vanished and no one knew what happened to them.

Frank gets into trouble (fighting and blamed for stealing money) decides to run away to America. When he gets to America, he helps out a man with his boat. This man helps him on getting to California. Frank runs into some trouble (Indians) on the way to California, but he is with a wagon train and they defeat the Indians. Frank gets to California and hits it big during the gold rush. He stays in California and spends some years there. His friend has decided to leave and Frank is on his own. He is out one day when he hears gunshots. He rides up the hill to discover a wagon is being robbed. He rides down the hill and starts shooting the robbers. He is seriously injured and is brought to a hospital.

Meanwhile, back in England, Captain Bayley had hired a detective to find out anything about his daughter. Mrs. Hall has also discovered a clue about Harold’s daughter Ella.

What happened to Frank? What has been found out about Captain Bayley’s daughter? You will have to listen to find out the rest of the story.






















About the Live the Adventure Club and Study Guide: Here you will find bonus content such as the e-book of the story, a study guide, some downloadable pdf posters, and an mp3 download of the soundtrack. You are also able to listen online and read along with the script. If you listen online (or even if you don’t), you are able to take a chapter quiz to see how much you remember and how well you were listening.

The study guide has three parts to each chapter. Listening well are questions that are somewhat easy to answer and don’t take up much time. The thinking further questions are questions that require a longer answer and make you think about the story more. The third part is the defining words section. This section has you look up the definition to different words from the story. The study guide also has a few Bible studies.

What we thought: As usual, we loved listening to Captain Bayley’s Heir every day. We used the listen online part of the Live the Adventure Club and read along while listening to each chapter. We also did the online chapter quiz after listening to each chapter. There are twenty chapters and each chapter is under twenty minutes. You could listen to a chapter each day or listen to the whole thing at one sitting if you want with the CD’s. These productions of G.A. Henty's books are the best and we look forward to listening to them when we receive them.

Captain Bayley's Heir {Heirloom Audio Productions Reviews}

9/24/2017

9/22/2017

Weekly Highlights













We have been busy these past few weeks and I haven't taken the time to write up a weekly post.

Two weeks ago we went on a field trip for my birthday to the aquarium and Fort Fisher in Wilmington NC. We had a great time seeing the animals and learning about how the fort was used during the civil war. I posted pictures on this wordless Wednesday post.

I've been busy with review items and have had two reviews due back to back for the past two weeks and also have two due this upcoming Monday and Tuesday.

You can click below to see the four reviews I posted the past couple of weeks:
Let's Go Geography
Imagine...The Great Flood (book review)
Carole P. Roman (book review)
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain Study Guide

So, now I am working on a few reviews that will post this upcoming week and in a few weeks in October. One is the newest production from Heirloom Audio Productions. The others are two books from The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls book series and Brinkman Adventures (audio drama missionary stories).

We have also been getting school work done these past few weeks and my boys (high school) are almost to the nine weeks exams for their subjects.

We've been busy and I don't know if it is ever going to slow down.

I'm linking up at:
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Weekly Wrap-Up

9/20/2017

Let’s Go Geography ~ Review

Let's Go Geography Review

Wanting my youngest daughter to learn more about the world we live on, but not having a good geography program to introduce her to the places around the world, had me grateful that we were chosen to review Let’s Go Geography. Let’s Go Geography is a fun homeschool geography course that is also a hands on based geography curriculum for K-4th grade children.

What is Let’s Go Geography?

This program takes you and your child through all of the seven continents during the year. Year 1 is available at this time and you will learn about several countries such as Canada, Nicaragua, Chile, Ecuador, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Hungary, and many more (see image below). Each lesson takes one week to complete  with the lessons being spread out over 36 weeks. 

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Before starting the program it is recommended to create a travel journal (3 ring notebook) to keep all the pages together. You will receive a travel journal cover to print out when you purchase the curriculum. You will also need dividers for each continent.

During the week of learning, you will print out several pages for your child to work on. These pages include maps of the country, a flag of the country, and a coloring page of a landmark in the country. Your child will also listen to the national anthem and watch videos on the country. If you want to explore the country more, you can go to the library and check out some books on the country. There is also a craft to go along with the country. And, if you want your child to write what they have learned about the country, there are notebooking pages included.

Every 12 weeks is a review week to review what your child has been learning over the weeks. They will label and color the countries, match the flags to the country, read some facts, and color some coloring pages.

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How we used Let’s Go Geography:

We went through this program as scheduled, but if you would rather skip around it is okay to do that to. During the review period we learned about the Northeast US, Hawaii, Canada, Haiti, and Nicaragua. I printed the pages that were needed each week and my daughter colored the countries, flags, and coloring pages. We used the computer to watch videos about the countries and to look at the pictures from each place. We also did the crafts each week.  While it is recommended to spend an hour each week doing the lesson, we broke this up into about 20 minutes each day to work on the lesson each week. We would color the map and flag and learn about the country (where it is located, the size, the population) on the first day. The next day, we would watch some videos on the country. The rest of the week  we looked at the pictures of the country, worked on the craft, and colored the landmark coloring pages.

Canada Craft

What we thought about Let’s Go Geography:

My daughter has been enjoying learning about the different countries of the world. At her age, it is easy to go through the program slowly and it keeps her attention during the time. She has already learned so much in the short period of time that we have been working on the program. We will continue to go through learning a country a week until we finish out the Year 1 program.  We will likely keep using this program as Years 2 and 3 become available. I love how easy it is to use and that everything is laid out for the teacher. I also love that links to videos and pictures of the country are included for easy navigation. This is a well laid out geography curriculum and is easy to use.

Northeast USA craft and color page

This program is available for purchase as a whole year, a semester, or there are individual lessons available for purchase. There are some sample freebies that are available for download. Click below to see how other crew members used this in their homeschool and what they thought about it.

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9/18/2017

Book Review ~ Imagine…The Great Flood

Book Review Imagine...The Great Flood

We were given the opportunity to review the first book in a new series from Barbour PublishingImagine…The Great Flood by Mark Koceich. This is a story about a boy from modern times who goes back in time to the story of Noah and his ark.

In this story, Corey is out with his mom and dog Molly. He and his mother are talking while playing fetch with the dog. It begins to thunder and lightning and Corey is on his way into the woods to get the dog. On the way, Corey falls and bumps his head. The next thing he sees is some men in robes and some animals. He finds out that the man is Shem and he his helping his father get the animals to the ark. While they are out gathering the animals, Corey and Shem are being chased by the Nephilim (giants) and Elizar (an evil man). Corey does get caught by the Nephilim and wonders how he will ever make it out alive and back to his home. He remembers something that his mom told him~ to trust in God. He prays to God to help him out of the situation he is in and gets out of the deep well the Nephilim put him in. It had already started raining and the water was coming up from the ground and he is being pulled away by the current. Just as he is about to be safely on the ark, he was pulled down into the water. When he comes to, he hears a familiar voice.

I read this as a read aloud to my six year old daughter. We read a few chapters a day and she was always disappointed when I stopped. She wanted to know what was going to happen next. After I finished, I asked her some questions about the book.

~ What was this book about? It was about a boy who went back into the Bible during Noah’s Ark time.
~ What was your favorite part?  I liked the part when he went back to his home. I was happy that he was able to get back to his family.
~ Were there any scary parts? Yes, the giants were kind of scary.
~ What did Corey learn? He learned to trust in God.

We both enjoyed the book very much and this was a great book to read aloud to her. The recommended ages for the book is 8-12. There are some scary parts and even though she mentioned them, it was nothing gory. I didn’t really notice any scary parts, just the Nephilim chasing them and them not knowing if they would get back to the ark alive. There were some mild violent parts (the Nephilim throwing objects at Corey and Shem and them throwing Corey into a deep well). The book does mention how Elizar is “one who uses dark arts to perform magic.”

Overall, this was a great book and I recommend it if you are looking for something different to read to your children.

We look forward to the second book in the Imagine series coming out next spring about the ten plagues.  At the time of this writing both books, Imagine…The Great Flood and Imagine…The Ten Plagues, are on sale for $4.49.

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9/13/2017

Wordless Wednesday ~ 9/13/17

Last Friday was my birthday. We took a field trip to the aquarium and to Fort Fisher in Wilmington, NC.

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