For The Temple
Can you imagine receiving something educational in the mail that your kids get so excited about – like it was a Christmas gift or something? Well, that’s what happened when we received the latest Heirloom Audio Adventure CD set for review. This time we enjoyed For The Temple .
Most likely you are familiar with audio books. Traditionally it’s a book that is being read by the author or a narrirator. Heirloom Audio creates Audio Theater – audio with a theater production-like sound. A true audio adventure!
They use fantastic voice-overs along with on-the-edge-of-your-seat sound effects. Many of the voices are award winning actors that you may be familiar with.
Who is Heirloom Audio?
Heirloom Audio’s mission is to bring real history to life. Their goal is to take “sanitized” history and figure out what actually happened by doing some investigative history sleuthing to bring back the original Christian history.
One way they do this is by recreating books authored by prolific English novelist and war correspondent, George Alfred Henty, better known as G.A. Henty.
G.A. Henty was known for his historical adventure stories. Heirloom Audio has transformed his writings into audio theater dramas. We can even go as far as calling them adventures. These audio theater recordings are designed to transform your imagination, bring you in and make you feel as if you are a part of the story. They are suspenseful, exciting, and entertaining; while also providing true knowledge of the events that took place during that time.
What was is the 2 Disc CD set we received.
The 2 Disc CD set is 2-1/2 hours of non-stop adventure intended for ages 6 to adult. The discs come in a sturdy cardboard case for easy and safe storage.
Heirloom Audio also offers their adventures as MP3 downloads. This is a very conveient format for uploading onto tablets, etc. and taking the adventures on-the-go.
In addition to the CD set, we received a downloadable file via email of their accompanying Study Guide for For The Temple.
The study guide can be used with both younger children and older children. Parents can talk to their younger children about the story line and lessons from the story while older children can complete written assignments and such. The study guide can be tailored to your unique situation and desire. You can use as much or as little of it.
Each lesson in the study guide starts when the narrative takes a turn. This will be about every 4 to 8 minutes. There are three parts of the lesson in the study guide.
LISTENING WELL questions – these questions ask your child what he or she has heard and what they remember from the story drama.
THINKING FURTHER questions – these questions prompt a bit more thinking and involvement. They may ask to look something up or try to figure out why a character reacted a certain way, or what the intention was.
DEFINING WORDS – this allows for the child to familiarize themselves with any unknown words that may have heard in the story.
The Adventure of For The Temple.
Of course the possibilities for listening to these adventures are quite endless. In the past, we’ve listened to the stories in the car, each child individually from their tablets (MP3 download file), and while they were playing.
All three of our children, from elementary to middle school to high school ages, listened to For The Temple while “playing” with Lego’s.
In For The Temple, John of Gamala is a young 16-year-old boy who only wishes to farm, like his father. But with the Romans quickly moving toward his country, poor John gets wrapped up in the war.
Soon, John becomes a household name and is successful in…most of the battles. The Roman’s destructive and grueling powers often cause great distress to John’s camp.
John and his men know that the attack on Jerusalem and the Holy Temple is inevitable, so they venture to the Holy Land. When the lack of food and water make the city weak, John’s men have to make a choice. A hard one. But the temple is at stake. So, they must be brave and endure whatever is to come.
**It’s worth the mention – A note of caution. There are violent scenes throughout the story when the Romans are conquering cities and during battles.
Truth be told, our children look forward to the release of every new Heirloom Audio Theater production. They truly love to listen to them.
If you are looking to add authentic Christian history by way of adventure to your homeschool adventure, than this is for you!
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