Our family loves history. All forms of history. But the best history that we have found comes from Heirloom Audio Productions. We have loved their audio dramas in the past, so I was excited to see In the Reign of Terror available to review!
Heirloom Audio has given us many great history adventures from all over, and In the Reign of Terror comes while Moe Man has been learning about the French Revolution in his history class right now. When he was having a hard time bringing the history to life, we could listen to this audio drama and be pulled right into the history of this event!
This story starts off with a young man named Harry who is stuck in Arlington Cemetery with his family. He is lost and just doesn’t understand. He meets up with Mr. George and his eyes are opened when he is taken back to the French Revolution and the struggles of man and faith that happened during this time.
Harry is taken right into the battle of the French Revolution. He sees the start, the battle and the end. He finds his faith and the strength needed to get through such an event. The whole time we were listening, we were there, we were with Harry during the battles and the end with Jeanne and Virginie. We felt what he felt, saw what he saw and heard what he heard.
Heirloom Audio had once again given us another movie without the screen! There are all the sounds that are happening, the sounds that bring the story to life. Each character has an actor just for the part. While this is based on a G.A. Henty book, this is anything but a book! We follow the same path of the book, but with oh so much more excitement!
In the past, we have had access to some great extras to go with our Audio Drama. This time is no different! We have access to the original e-book, the official soundtrack, a printable cast poster, desktop wallpaper, inspirational verse poster and the tried and true study guide.
While we love to find a place for the inspirational quote, we really enjoy using the study guide to help us reap the full benefits of using the Audio Drama! This guide includes different areas of learning. You have the first section that checks to see how well everyone was listening in the Listening Well section. Here we find 10 or more questions about the track we just listened to.
The next section is Thinking Further. This is a great way to get the minds thinking. Taking what we have heard and looking further into what this could mean. This was a fun way to take Moe Man further into his lessons. He was able to connect the story to his lesson and take the research father.
We also love checking out the Defining Words. Some of them we know, but others we need to check out. I am able to pull Ray Ray in on this one and have him practice his dictionary skills. This is a fun break in our day to listen to the audio drama and learn new words. The kids don’t think they are learning when they just want to know what is being said in the adventure.
Now this year, Heirloom Audio has started something new. They have started Live the Adventure Club. This is a great site that brings a lot of information to your homeschool. Not only are you able to listen to the Audio Drama online, but you have access to other, fun things!
While you are listening to the story online, you are able to follow along with the script. This is a great thing when you want your child to learn about plays and acting. Not only that, but at the of each chapter, you are able to take a quiz. This is a fun online quiz like many that you see on Facebook. You are given questions and you pick the right answer, don’t get it right, they show you the correct answer in green with your wrong answer in red. This is a fun review that we have loved to do together as we are listening to the story.
Live the Adventure Club has so much more in it as well. My favorite was the Resource section. This section talks about current events, movies and issues. I loved coming here to see what was said about the lastest movies that were coming out, or currently out. This lets me think more about what I will need to know when the kids want to watch it!
Not only that, but the community page is a great way to learn more, ask questions and find new ways of using the dramas that are available. I love getting to know more about the other families who are using the Heirloom Audio Dramas in their house, and I love being able to ask questions and get answers. If you love Heirloom Audio and want to connect with others who love it as much as you do, this is where you need to be!
While I love the new additions that Heirloom Audio has added, I will still fall back on the quality of their productions. I love being able to have history come alive for my children. And when it comes to life, it is without a screen. Heirloom Audio has given us all we need to make our imaginations go wild with the adventure we are on. We watch T.V. without the T.V. and enjoy every moment of it. Or we fight, holler and scream when we are told we need to stop at a certain chapter, yet we want to keep going!
Heirloom Audio Productions has always given us the best quality audio dramas and we look forward to the future and all they have in store!