What It Is
Under Drake’s Flag is a 2 CD disk set that has over 2 hours of non-stop adventure for your kids to listen to. There is also a study guide included to go along with the CDs. There are listening well questions, thinking further questions and defining words. This simple little guide is just what you need to help drive home what you are listening to.
This is not a full history curriculum, it is just a supplement to go along with what you are learning. This is a fun way to add adventure without mom or dad needing to read out loud all the time. Not only do you get to hear adventure, but add in some courage, determination, virtue and character and you have a lot you can talk about after your done listening!
How We Used This
I used this in two different ways at two different times. First of all, we were busy with finishing up some history timelines and art projects. I wanted “noise” while we were doing this, but didn’t want the TV on, so I put this in the CD player. I did not prep the kids, I didn’t tell them what it was, I didn’t make them sit and listen. But within 5 minutes I had all their attentions and they were paying a lot of attention to the story while working. It was a very quiet house during that time and I got yelled at when I turned it off when we moved on to the next subjects. I can say, they were very happy to have the chance to finish listening to the story later in the day!
The second time I used this CD, I had the kids sitting down and told them we were going to listen to it. Each of the kids had something to color or draw so they could keep their hands busy while they listened.
As each section went by, we would pause the CD and talk about what we had just heard. We would go over the listening well questions to see what they could remember and I had Moe Man looking up the defining words and explain them to us. This not only allowed all of us to understand the words, but Moe Man learned how to search the words and had to speak out loud for us to hear him clearly.
The second listening of the story lasted for just shy of a week. We broke it down into different days (since we were answering questions and looking up words). Since we had already heard the story, it was easier for us to dig deeper into it.
How We Felt About It
The kids loved this story! Little Miss wasn’t too thrilled, but it is recommended for ages 6 to adult, so I understand that on her part. The boys, couldn’t get enough of it! They enjoyed it from the first time I put it in the player. Ray Ray kept asking me if this stuff really happened. I had to tell him probably, but we don’t know what people really said, so this is our best guess. He loved it the most, and being my adventure child, I see why.
This story hits the mark on an attention grabbing story with all the effects of a TV show without the screen. You have the people, the sound effects, and every little detail. It is very well done and prepared. You can tell their goal was to capture the child, or adult, and show them that their minds can make the picture instead of having to stare at a screen to get the picture. I love having the option of having stories without a screen for the kids, and have found some stories that are interesting…but nothing with the quality of an actual TV show that makes my kids stop and listen. Well, now we have! And I can’t wait for Heirloom Audio Productions to come out with their next adventure!
For the price of $29.95 for the two CDs and small study guide, I think this is a good price. You get an actual product, and don’t have to download or burn it yourself. Add in the fact of the quality of the story, I can’t find anything wrong with what they are asking. It is worth every penny!
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