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Friday, September 05, 2014

Under Drake's Flag (Audio Theater) by Heirloom Audio Productions (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

Under Drake's Flag (Audio Theater) Review by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com

I am very eager to share this review with you! If you and your family enjoy audio dramas as much as my family does, then you will be excited to learn about Heirloom Audio Productions' Christian audio drama, Under Drake's Flag. This story was written by author G.A. Henty, who is well known for his historical adventure stories. My children and I were delighted to add this to our collection.

Under Drake's Flag is an enthralling story about a boy named Ned Hawkshaw who embarks on an exciting adventure which offers him the opportunity to set sail with one of the most admired sea captains of his time, Sir Francis Drake. This sixteenth-century teenager experiences first-hand the struggle between Great Britain and Spain for preeminence over the high seas. You will be kept in suspense as you listen to Ned as he fights off a shark attack. You will also find yourself asking questions such as, "Will he survive the shipwreck? Is he going to get through these battles? How is he going to handle the Spanish Inquisition?"

You can listen to a 60-second summary of the story by visiting Heirloom Audio Production's website.

When we first began listening to the story, my youngest son, who is an avid fan of Adventures in Odyssey, excitedly pointed out, "Mom, that's the same music as Adventures in Odyssey!" The reason for this is that the music composed for Under Drake's Flag was written by John Campbell who has also composed music for Lamplighter Theater, Focus on the Family Radio Theater, and Adventures in Odyssey.

John Campbell is a very talented composer. The music in Under Drake's Flag helped stir up various emotions within us during each scene, therefore, helping us lose ourselves within the story. Both the music and the sounds during the action scenes were pretty intense. The actors were very good as well. My family and I felt like we were watching a "movie" because it was easy to envision the scenes in our minds.

Included with the CDs is a short study-guide. Each set of questions has three parts: Listening Well, Thinking Further, and Defining Words. It ends with three brief Bible studies: Godly Character, True Manhood, and Confessing Christ. On the back of the study guide is a brief biography about Sir Francis Drake and a bibliography about G.A. Henty. They also include a website which you can visit in order to download a free 28-page study guide consisting of more questions and a book list you can use to learn more about Sir Francis Drake.

This production is recommended for ages 6 to adult. My 13 and 8-year-old sons really enjoyed it, as did I. Once we were done listening to it, I went back to Heirloom Audio Productions' website to see if they offered more audio drama productions, because I was very interested in purchasing more of their stories, but sadly, Under Drake's Flag is the only one available at this time. I hope they are working on the next one! (Update: I was just informed that Heirloom Audio Productions is scheduled to release a new audio drama in the fall (early November is the projected date)! It is called In Freedom's Cause, the story behind the life and legacy of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. To learn more about this production, visit In Freedom's Cause and their Facebook page.)

The cost of the 2-CD set, providing two hours of entertainment, at the time of this post is $29.95 plus $6.95 S&H. This is a great price because along with the CDs, you will also receive an MP3 downloadable version (valued at $20.00), the complete Under Drake's Flag 30-page E-study guide and Discussion Starter, an Under Drake's Flag Soundtrack MP3 download, and a printable copy of Drake's prayer. They have three other offers which you can view here.

Connect with Heirloom Audio Productions Under Drake's Flag on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UnderDrakesFlag

To read what other Crew members thought about Under Drake's Flag audio theater, please click on the banner below.

Under Drake's Flag Reviews


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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Are Your Students Afraid of Public Speaking?

Communicators for Christ Conference 2014

Even though communication skills are vital to their success, many students (and most parents!) are still terrified of public speaking

Let us help. Join us for the 
Communicators for Christ Conference

Through this two day integrated communication and leadership training conference hosted by the Institute for Cultural Communicators (ICC), we'll help students overcome their hesitation to effectively engage audiences of all sizes. Our activities, workshops, and exercises provide a safe and encouraging environment where everyone has a chance to succeed, regardless of their public speaking experience. This allows them to see past their fears to a greater mission of impacting those around them - one person at a time.

Hear what parents and students are saying about the conference: CFC 2014 - Growth. (2:07 min.)

The Communicators for Christ Conference is for students ages 6-18 years old. It will be held on

October 17-18, 2014
at
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
1 Mt. Zion Circle, Oakwood, OH 44146

A free "Prepare the Future Reception" will be held for adults on Friday, 3:45 - 6:00 p.m., identifies the challenges our students face and how ICC is training to provide the skills they will need to face them.

Our "Go Beyond" evening program is also free and open to anyone in the community. It is sure to entertain the whole family!

For more information and locations across the country visit CFC Conference Tour 2014.

(Tuition is waived for parents and educators with registered students.)

Make sure you share this information with others, and bring a friend!

Conference Pricing
Schedule
Registration

Meals and Host Housing are available for your convenience.

For more information please contact:
Karen Miller
Great Lakes Area Coordinator
Karen@ICCinc.org

Visit ICC to learn more about this organization.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Encourage Your Students to Write by Sharing This List of Writing Contests With Them

List of Writing Contests for Students by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com

Want to encourage your students to write? One excellent motivator is having them enter a writing contest.

You can perform your own Internet search for current writing contests, however, I have already done some of the work for you to help you get started. When doing your own search, use a phrase such as, "writing contests 2014 (or 2015) for middle school (or high school)".

Before spending too much time reading about a particular contest, make sure to look for a deadline date.  If you've missed the deadline, make a note of the contest in your calendar or a notebook for the following year. Also, bookmark the website.

Make sure to to look for the list of prizes. Some offer a monetary prize, others offer plaques and/or certificates.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Eternal Argument (Schoolhouse Crew Review)


As a homeschool parent, two of the subjects I most enjoy teaching my children include history and literature. When I visited Analytical Grammar's website and read about their book titled The Eternal Argument, I was fascinated by the book's description.

Have you ever asked yourself why students are made to read the books they read, the classics in particular?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Go Science DVDs (Series 2) By Library and Educational Services (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

Go Science Review

My children and I recently had the opportunity to watch a couple of Go Science DVD's (Series 2) by Library and Educational Services.

The first one we watched was Volume 2 which was broken up into two topics: Life Science and Weather.

Go Science Review

Life Science included:
  • Flashlight-Animal Eyes
  • Animal Skulls
  • Bobby Pins
  • What Are You Looking At?
  • How Much Do Your Lungs Hold?
  • Eating Nails for Breakfast
  • Naked Egg

Sunday, June 08, 2014

New York City Through the Eyes of a Lens


One World Trade Center photo by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie
One World Trade Center (also known as the Freedom Tower)
One World Trade Center is the lead building of the new World Trade Center complex. It is 105-stories high and is the tallest building in the United States due to its radio antenna which helps it reach 1,776 feet.

Friday, May 30, 2014

What on Earth Can I Do? by Apologia Educational Ministries (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

Apologia What On Earth Can I Do Review by ASliceOfHomeschoolPie.com
I have always been interested in the products offered by Apologia Educational Ministries. I was recently given the opportunity to review their hardback book What on Earth Can I Do?, which is Volume 4 of their Biblical Worldview series. I was also given their optional resources which include: What on Earth Can I Do Notebooking Journal, What on Earth Can I Do? Junior Notebooking Journal, and their What on Earth Can I Do? Coloring Book

The hardback book is recommended for children in Grades 1 - 6. I used it with both my 2nd and 7th grade children. The optional notebooking journals were a great addition as each spiral-bound book included questions that were geared towards the different ages of my children.