Living history books are a household favorite in this house. But to have it in audio form…that is even better! Jim Hodges Productions has some wonderful audio books, and we got the chance to listen to With Lee in Virginia.
What It Is
With Lee in Virginia is the story written by G.A. Henty. This audio book is that same story, but read aloud and recorded onto an MP3 CD. An MP3 CD will play on any computer CD drive, DVD player or MP3 Compatible CD Player. They will not play on the standard CD player. The bonus to an MP3 CD, you are able to download the audio files to your iPod!
With Lee in Virginia has 11 hours and 20 minutes of listening time. We get to follow along with Vincent Wingfield, who is our hero in this story. But we also get to meet and learn about Robert E. Lee and his officers during the Civil War. We are taken to battles and need to find the courage to get through those.
To go along with this MP3 CD, Jim Hodges Productions also offers Study Guides. These go along with each chapter to help your child focus on the story or to help them remember what they heard.
How We Used This
Since Moe Man is a visual learner, we not only listened to this MP3 CD, but followed along in the book. We used the Study Guide that goes along with the story. We listened to a chapter a day for our history lessons, and did the corresponding study guide pages following or during the listening. After every 5 chapters we would work on a review. This was perfect for Moe Man. I loved that I didn’t have to read to him, or wondering if he was really reading. Plus I got to listen along with him while working on other things…because I am that multi-tasking mom!
With each chapter reading lasting about 30-40 minutes, this was a great way for Moe Man to settle down after our lunch and outside time. It was a way for me to get order back into our day, while still having someone actively learning. Since this was an MP3 CD, we used the media player on my computer to allow us to listen to this and had no problems at all with it.
What We Thought of This
We love living history books, and it was no different with this one. We have not reached this point in history yet, but I knew that our family loved items like this and stories like this, and I wasn’t wrong. Moe Man loved being able to sit down and listen to a story instead of writing papers. I loved having a simple study guide to know that he was actually following along. Some of the chapters did get long, and we would have to split them up throughout the afternoon. We made it work for us. I think this has a lot to do with Moe Man’s ADHD versus the actual listening to the chapter. I noticed that if he had busy hands, he would be able to listen better. We all really did enjoy spending some time listening to the story and learning of the war and Robert E. Lee as well as the battles during the war.
The MP3 CD is selling for $25 and the digital download is $18. If you wanted the study guide to go along with this, these sell for $12. We loved this story and are interested in all the other stories now! I am heading over to check out the other reviews, and would love to have you join me in doing so!