Thursday, February 26, 2015

Heirloom Audio Productions--In Freedom's Cause {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

Awhile ago, Botanist Boy expressed an interest in Scotland. I'm not really sure why, nor what triggered his interest (perhaps it has something to do with our own Scottish heritage). When the opportunity came to review G. A. Henty's In Freedom's Cause by Heirloom Audio Productions, I jumped at the chance!

We received the In Freedom's Cause Single Package, which contains a two-CD album, In Freedom's Cause study guide (downloadable pdf), In Freedom's Cause soundtrack (downloadable mp3), and a printable copy of the "Prayer of William Wallace" (downloadable pdf).

Audios and videos play a large part in our homeschooling, so this audio theater production is a perfect fit for us. This is high-quality production, with folks like executive producer Bill Heid, producer/director John Fornof, and the voices of Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings), Skander Kaynes (Chronicles of Narnia), and James Cosmo (Braveheart). This 2 1/2 hour adventure will have your children (and you!) totally captivated and engaged from start to finish.

In Freedom's Cause is the story of Scotland's fight for freedom from England, featuring William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, the early 1300s. William Wallace, through his courage and strength of character, forever changed the history of Scotland. He stood against oppression, and inspired the heroic leader who eventually gained Scotland's freedom: King Robert the Bruce.

The study guide is a great resource. It's designed to serve as assistance to parents in talking to younger children about the various lessons throughout In Freedom's Cause, or as written assignments for older students.  Each set of questions has three parts, Listening Well, Thinking Further, and Defining Words. Some of the activities include a virtual visit to the British museum, locating Glen Cairn on the map of Scotland, describing a drawbridge, and how it works. The study guide also contains brief histories of Wallace and Bruce, G. A. Henty, and offers a brief background leading up to the stories of Wallace and Bruce. There are also a few Bible studies, from the Psalms.
The boys first listened to the CDs without me, all in one sitting. Then we listened to them in the van, to and from Botanist Boy's violin lessons. We enjoyed it so much, we had to get a copy for the boys' best bud's birthday a few days ago.

I believe Botanist Boy also downloaded the soundtrack on to his phone. In addition, I printed off copies of The Prayer of William Wallace for the boys, which they promptly hung on their bedroom walls.

We have long been fans of G. A. Henty in our house. We listened to many audio editions of his books when my older two were tweens and earliteens. Henty was a master story teller, who lived in the 1800s. He wrote excellent tales of living-history, told in an exciting way, especially appealing to boys.

Exciting news! Heirloom Audio Productions is currently working on new releases for 2015! The first of the two will be With Lee in Virginia, a tale of the American Civil War.

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