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With Lee In Virginia Review

Our family loves listening to the lively and entertaining audio stories by Heirloom Audio Productions.   We were asked to “live the adventure”  and review their latest story With Lee In Virginia and it is fantastic!

With Lee In Virginia

With Lee In Virginia

With Lee In Virginia
A Civil War Story of Courage, Honor, and Duty
Audio 2 1/2 hours
2 CD Set
Plus: 1)free downloadable PDF Study Guide
2)free printable poster and 3)free downloadable MP3
Ages 6 – Adult
Retails for $29.97

Benefits of sharing these CD’s with your kids:

  • Truthful retelling of the facts of the Civil War.
  • 2 1/2  hours of “Active Listening” that captivates children’s
    imagination!
  • “Travel time” becomes fun and exciting “Adventure Time”
  • Creative and exciting method of story telling to learn and remember history.
  • Inspires kids to have strong moral values like daring, determination and duty
  • FREE Study Guide with a bible study that helps parents engage children with the story
  • Christian Entertainment For Families
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With Lee In Virginia 2CD Set

This audio production is so vibrant with sound and life it is amazing.  It is full of honest people sharing their struggles in the midst of a Civil War.    The audio production has amazing sound effects and you feel like you are right there in the middle of the action.  They have a huge cast of stars with great character voices that keep you captivated in the story including Sean Astin, Kirk Cameron, Chris Anothony, Kelsey Lansdowne, and Kim Weiss.

Cast of With Lee In Virginia

Cast of With Lee In Virginia

Watch this short video clip about the making of With Lee In Virginia and see the amazing talent and excitment that went into this great retelling of history.

How We Used This In Our Home:

My kids were so excited to listen to With Lee In Virginia.  The story follows a 15 year old boy named Vincent who joins the Army of Virginia where he meets and observes the life of General Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson.  Vincent learns valuable lessons about character and honor and duty and war.  His decisions are impacted by what he learns from these great leaders who care about their men, their families, and their country.

CD set and Study Guide

CD set and Study Guide

We listened to the CD’s together in the living room.  I printed out the free study guide and put it into a three ring binder.  There is a free word hunt on Live The Adventure Kids Corner.

Word Find

I also printed off some Civil War coloring pages I found on the internet for the kids to color while listening.

Civil War coloring pages

Civil War coloring pages

The kids loved coloring the pictures while listening to the story.  There are no coloring pages in the study guide so you need to find these elsewhere.

General Lee

There are 8 of us in our family, and our kids ages range from 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, and 3. They were all captivated.   Because we are on our summer break, we are doing a “lighter load” of about 1 hour of schoolwork a day through the summer.   Listening to this audio product was a good fit for us to do for a couple of days.

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For now, we did a pleasure round of listening of the story and just enjoyed it tremendously.  We listened to CD1 on the first day, and CD2 on the second day and the kids were hooked to the story.   It takes a little more than an hour per CD.   At times the youngest two kids got up and down and played which is to be expected for their age.  But the rest of the kids were quite satisfied to sit and listen to the whole story.  We also took sometime one afternoon to make some Civil War food.  The kids tried Johnny Cakes and we plan to learn to make our own Hard Tack  (like crackers or very dry bread), and some other Civil War era recipes this fall during our unit study.   We are really looking forward to this.

Map

I had the kids look over the map provided in the study guide and see where the story took place.  We also completed the first  lesson of questions  and defining words from the study guide.   Each question covers between 4 to 10 minutes of the audio drama.  You can either have kids write out their answers to the questions, or just use the questions for discussion.  The questions cover three areas of learning:

The Listening Well: discussion about events, characters, and facts in the story.

The Thinking Further: increase understanding of the story by looking up facts and doing further research, deductive reasoning about characters actions and mindset,

The Defining Words: Look up vocabulary words in a dictionary. 

This is a fantastic study guide with lots of questions to get your kids to think deeper and remember the facts.  We are going to make the study guide a regular part of our learning this fall and do a complete unit study and lapbook on the Civil War this fall.   The depth of the study guide will be a perfect fit this fall when we can dig deeper and go over each section of the audio at a slower pace and pause to do the corresponding pages in the study guide.

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With Lee In Virginia makes history come alive.  You feel like you are right there with all of these great men in their daily lives.  You can continue learning when you sign up for the newsletter called Live The Adventure.   The newsletter is jam packed with additional learning including recipes and projects for kids to do.

“Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less.” ~ General Robert. E. Lee

This is the second product from Heirloom Audio Productions our family has had the privilege to enjoy in our home and we give Heirloom Audio Productions our highest recommendation.  These CD’s would be great for homeschoolers, learning coops, church classes, history clubs, and gifts for family and friends of all ages.

Heirloom Audio Productions

Heirloom Audio

“Building character in the next generation by bringing the lessons of history to life. “

With stories from Heirloom Audio Productions, kids are transported back in time to live the adventure of history.  Their products are amazing and they make history come alive!  “WOW!” is all I can say.   We love it!  We can’t wait to see what they will produce next.

The question for parents and grandparents is what do we want our children to learn and who do we want them to emulate?  Do we want them to be like Spider man or the Hulk or some character in their video games and movies?  Or do we want them to be like real men and women with courage and dignity and responsibility who chose to do what was right no matter the cost.

“Who is teaching and what are they learning?”  What morals are our kids learning from TV, Video Games, Smart Phones, and all the media they encounter through the days, weeks, and years of their life?  Who and what is influencing them?

With Heirloom Audio Productions kids can LIVE THE ADVENTURE.  They will desire to be like real heroes from history.  People who stood for what was right and honorable and people of character and endurance. People who loved God and loved their fellow man are the real superheroes our kids will come to love and desire to be like.

Social Media

Be sure to follow Heirloom Audio Productions on their social media links for all the latest news and updates.

With Lee In Virginia (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/WithLeeInVirginia

Heirloom Audio Productions (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/heirloomaudio

Heirloom Audio Productions (Google+): https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/114534826166314080647/114534826166314080647

Heirloom Audio Productions (Twitter): https://twitter.com/HeirloomStories

Live The Adventure (Newsletter and teaching ideas): http://www.livetheadventureletter.com/

Live The Adventure KIDS CORNER (Website with activities for kids): http://www.livetheadventureletter.com/category/kids-corner/

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