Friday, October 31, 2014

Jim Hodges Productions Audio Review: St. Bartholomew's Eve

Jim Hodges Productions Review

The setting is France on August 24, 1572 during the Roman Catholic/Calvinist Protestant religious wars. More than 2,000 French Huguenots, men, women, and children, were massacred for their faith. This story is brought to life in the Jim Hodges Productions - St. Bartholomew's Eve, by G.A. Henty and PDF Study Guide.


St. Bartholomew's Eve: A Tale of the Religious Wars in France includes 13 hours of audio drama. 

Henty vividly depicts Admiral Coligny’s unflinching bravery, Queen Elizabeth’s vacillating foreign policy, Catherine de Medici’s vindictive scheming, and the Queen of Navarre’s inner strength as he recounts the adventures of Phillip Fletcher, who journeys to France to take part in the Huguenots’ struggle for freedom.

The MP3 CD is broken down into 22 sections as you can see below.  Each runs approximately 30 to 40 minutes.


St. Bartholomew's Eve is an unabridged recording of a classic G. A. Henty historical novel.  George Alfred Henty was an English novelist and war correspondent.  He is best known for his historical adventure stories, stories that grew out of the tales he told his children after dinner.  Before he died in 1901, he had written 122 books.

The PDF Study Guide that can be purchased to go along with the audio drama is extremely comprehensive and a whopping 68 pages long. Each chapter of the audio is covered and the guide includes an extensive list of vocabulary words, questions, and activities.  After every five to six chapters there is a quiz {four total}.  At the end of the study guide there is an answer key for parents with answers to both the questions and quizzes.  

For families who wish to dig deeper into the story and learn more about the time period, people and places, I would recommend purchasing the study guide to go along with the audio.

Jim Hodges Productions offers a wide a variety of audio dramas, from G. A. Henty to Amy Puetz, Classic Literature, and Yesterdays Classics.

My Thoughts:  We listened to St. Bartholomew's Eve in the car on a trip to visit some family.  We selected this title because it is during the time period we are currently studying.  The recommended age is 10 and up.  My daughter is 11 years old so I thought it would be a perfect fit for her and interesting for hubby and I.  Unfortunately, this particular title was a little too dry for us.  It was hard to get into and never seemed to really pick up.  I'm not sure if it was this particular title or just us though.  We have listened to other G. A. Henty audio dramas and enjoyed them so try it out for yourself.

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at Jim Hodges Productions.  St. Bartholomew's Eve: A Tale of the Religious Wars in France is $25 for the MP3 CD.   This is a computer CD. The audio files will play on any computer CD drive, DVD player or MP3 compatible CD player.  The Digital Download is available for just $18.  The PDF Study Guide is just $12.  This story is recommended for ages 10 and up.

You can also find Jim Hodges Productions on Facebook.  

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wordless Wednesday


Just got back from a trip to Washington DC. More pictures to come, but for now, here is a closeup of the White House.

 

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Friday, October 24, 2014

New Liberty Videos: The Forbidden Book Review

New Liberty Videos Review

I am always excited when I can find something to go along with what we are studying.  Right now we are learning about the Dark and Middle ages and reading a book about John Wycliffe.

So I was thrilled to learn that we were going to be able to review a DVD from New Liberty Videos called The Forbidden Book.

New Liberty Videos Review

As you might have already guessed, The Forbidden Book is about the story behind the preservation of the Bible.

Hosted by Dr. Craig Lampe, this one-hour documentary gives a detailed history of the Bible from its origination to its preservation.  It highlights important Christian men like John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, and William Tyndale.

John Wycliffe, the brilliant 14th century Oxford scholar who translated the Bible from Latin to English in order to enlighten the masses oppressed through ignorance. 

Martin Luther, who was one of the few who challenged church authority in the 16th century and lived to tell the tale.

William Tyndale, who printed the Bibles in the English language, and unfortunately, was not spared like his friend Luther.

Of course we were excited to learn more about John Wycliffe since we are currently reading about him.

This hour-long video is shot across Europe, so the viewer is able to see the historical sites that coincide with the story.  I thought this brought a little life to the film and it was interesting to see the actual sites where things happened long ago.

My Thoughts:  While we were hoping for an exciting and entertaining story of how the Bible was preserved through these courageous men, it seemed to fall a little short for us.  Funny Bunny, who is 11, along with hubby and I, watched the video.  I think I was the most captivated throughout.  Funny Bunny's attention was held for the majority of the presentation, but it really seemed to drag out in places.  The presentation was long at times and reminded me of what I would have watched in school in place of a lecture.  It was somewhat academic. Even hubby was ready for a break after about half way through. :(

Thoughts of a 11-Year Old:  The Forbidden Book is a movie about the Bible and the people who preserved it, such as John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, and William Tyndale. It was sometimes interesting for me to see things (like how much you paid for your sins to be forgiven) and other times I was kind of bored. I like a good, funny movie, and this was more historical. I think it is more for older kids, but it is mostly very informative.

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at New Liberty Videos.  The Forbidden Book is $19.95 and runs approximately 58 minutes.  It's suitable for general audiences, but I would recommend it for ages 12 and up.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thrifty Thursday


Here are the THRIFTY deals for today,

FREE K-12 Science Curriculum @ MSNucleus.org

FREE Eat Your Way Through the USA @ Homeschool Giveaways & Freebies

FREE 25 Page Thanksgiving Printable Pack @ The Multi Taskin' Mom

FREE Bird Sighting Worksheets @ Examiner.com

FREE Telling Time and Clock Resources @ Homeschool Giveaways & Freebies

FREE Printable Cookie Sheet Math Fact Game @ Boy Mama Teacher Mama

FREE Martin Luther Copywork Set @ Blessed Beyond a Doubt

FREE Thanksgiving Planner @ Frugal Homeschool Family

FREE The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Copywork @ Harrington Harmonies



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chewy.com: Grandma Lucy's Organic Pumpkin Oven Baked Dog Treats


Our dog Maisy was once again able to try out a new product from Chewy.com, and just in time for fall. Grandma Lucy's Organic Pumpkin Oven Baked Dog Treats.

Grandma Lucy’s organic dog treats are not made in a factory but baked in a bakery by people who love their pets.

What I like about them:
  • Suitable for all life stages
  • 100% USDA Organic, USA originated ingredients
  • Oven baked
  • Human-grade ingredients
  • No by-products, artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors
  • Certified kosher
  • Made in the USA
I opened the bag and they smell just like something I would eat as a snack!! Here is a list of the ingredients:

Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Dehydrated Cane Juice, Organic Sunflower and/or Organic Canola Oil and/or Organic Palm Oil, Organic Cane Juice Syrup, Organic Pumpkin Powder, Organic Mace, Organic Cinnamon, Soy Lecithin.

That sounds better than most of the things I eat!!  I am still pretty tempted to try one, especially since they are pumpkin flavored, but hubby has told me I shouldn't eat dog treats, so I've refrained.  :) Maisy loves them!


Find Out More:  You can find out more online at Chewy.com.  Grandma Lucy's Organic Pumpkin Oven Baked Dog Treats are just $5.15 for a 14oz bag.

Chewy.com has a 100% Unconditional Satisfaction Guarantee. If you're not 100% completely satisfied for any reason whatsoever, return it! They will accept packages within 365 days of the sale date for a complete refund and pay for the return shipping, as long as the product is not used or expired. 




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