Heirloom Audio: Beric the Briton ~ Review

Who doesn’t love a good storyteller? One who can keep you on the edge of your seat waiting with anticipation of what will happen next. Now imagine that type of wonderful story teller who has engaging sound effects and the ability to bring Henty alive. With the wonderful audio dramas from Heirloom Audio Productions  you can experience this type of storyteller over and over again. The kids (and I) have been captivated once again by Heirloom Audio’s latest release, Beric The Briton .

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Beric The Briton takes us back in time to the first century A.D. invasion of Britain (Briton) by the Roman Legionaries. At that time, Briton was made up of many different tribes of pagan people. Beric, a young prince of a British tribe who had been held captive in Rome for the previous five years, has been able to return to his home tribe only to have Roman Legionaries descend on the area.

The Queen Boadicea, Iceni tribe Britain, encourages the British tribes to fight the Romans. Beric takes a group of men from his tribe and begins to train them in much the same way he witnessed the Romans training. Beric’s time in Rome proved to be an important learning experience that helped to secure a victory in the battle when he and his men were overcame the Roman Legionaries. However, he was later taken captive and forced to become a Roman Gladiator.

Bonus Features from Heirloom Audio Productions

We also received access to the bonus features that go along with Beric The Briton. These include:

  • Beric the Briton MP3 Set
  • Beric the Briton eBook-G.A. Henty’s original story with new colorful graphics
  • The Official Soundtrack from the Emmy-winning Composer
  • Printable Cast Poster
  • Study Guide and Discussion-this is one of our other favorite things from Heirloom Audio!
    • Additional background information provided
    • Listening Well questions for each Track
    • Thinking Further questions help draw out the students’ understanding of the plot and characters
    • Defining Words
    • Bible Study I, II and III
    • The Significance of the Colosseum in Christianity
  • Printable Inspirational Verse Poster
  • Live the Adventure Letter access
  • Behind the Scenes Video

Beric the Briton

 How Did We Use Beric the Briton?

Often we listen to the Heirloom Audio CD’s at home, however this time we were able to take it on the road with us. When we traveled to my sister-in-laws house, which is a five plus hour trip, one-way, we enjoyed listening to Beric The Briton (actually we listened to it twice, once each direction).

As long as Beric The Briton was playing, there was no whining about how much longer or any restless passengers. The kids were all so captivated by the audio theater! In fact, when I stopped at a gas station and turned off the radio, I was met with considerable grunts, moans and complaints that I had turned it off during a battle scene. As soon as we were all back in the van, the kids were adamant that we needed to have the radio back on immediately. I can’t think of a better way to make traveling easier than to be able to listen to a great audio adventure while on the way

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The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School ~ Review

The written word is such a powerful tool, learning to use this tool is essential for our children. That is why I was so excited to get the opportunity to review this high school, homeschool writing program.

Writing with Sharon Watson ReviewFor this review, I received a physical copy of The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School, 2nd Edition from Writing with Sharon Watson. This included both the 406 page student book and the 220 page Teacher’s Guide.

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Patriotic Penmanship: Transition to Cursive ~ Review

Over the past several weeks, Brock has been able to use a lovely handwriting book from Laurelwood Books called Patriotic Penmanship-Transition to Cursive (PP-Transition). Written by Mary Ellen Tedrow, PP-Transition is but one of the books she has written in the Patriotic Penmanship series. She has written Patriotic Penmanship books suitable for students in first grade through senior high.

Mary Ellen Tedrow has been the owner and operator or Laurelwood Books for over twenty years. As a homeschooling mother of 7, she is passionate about “helping every mom, regardless of income or education level, to train up their children in the way they should go!” She has also written the Rosemary Sutcliff Study Guides and the Emma Leslie Church History Series Study Guides.

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There are twenty lessons in Patriotic Penmanship-Transition to Cursive. Each lesson has a box at the top which has the passage and the author or source. These passages are a mix of Bible verses, lines from hymns and quotes from true Patriots who helped to form this great nation. Theodore Roosevelt, Benjamin Franklin, Nathan Hale, John F. Kennedy, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and Mark Twain all have quotes featured in PP-Transition. There are also bible verses from Exodus, Matthew, Galatians, Psalms included. Lines from the well known hymns such as “Be Thou My Vision” and “How Great Thou Art” also make up some of the lessons.

Each lesson shows the passage as both print and cursive. Then there are multiple opportunities for the student to trace and write both the print and cursive versions. Each two-page lesson is designed to be one week’s worth of penmanship; providing twenty weeks of assignments.

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The Transition book works well for those student who are making the transition from manuscript to cursive or for those who seek to have better penmanship in both (as the case with Brock). For those students who are transitioning to cursive, PP-Transition would be excellent. It allows them to see it both manuscript and cursive making it easier for them to read what they are writing in cursive.

 What Did We Think?

I really like that PP-Transition offers practice for both print and cursive in the same book! This works well if the student is making the switch from print to cursive. It also works well for improving handwriting in general, which was the goal with Brock. I wanted him to have to opportunity to improve both his print and cursive writing. With PP-Transition he has been able to work on both at the same time.

Brock has enjoyed the topics in PP-Transitions, especially those from American patriots since he really likes American History. His handwriting is improving which was the goal. (We can’t all have doctor scribbles, right? Ha) Based on our experience, I  would definitely recommend the Patriotic Penmanship series of workbooks.

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Using Discounted and Free Fruit to Build Food Storage

Sometimes life does not go the way we want or expect it to. At the beginning of the year, I had the best of intentions to share how we build our food storage. However, as it turned out I really haven’t been able to build it much until now.

Faithful Homestead Food Storage

Summer’s bounty generally gives me an opportunity to can lots of different fruits and vegetables. In addition to putting up the excess from our own garden, I glean from others. Typically, this gleaning comes from trees that people have in their yards that they don’t want the fruit or nuts from. Through the years, I have been able to put up large quantities of apples and pears from such trees.

Another way I have found to put up fruit is by purchasing it from the grocery stores in bulk quantities. Often times if I ask if they have case specials, they will give me a better price than is advertised.

Most recently, I was able to take advantage of case specials when a local grocery store was selling out. This store has recently changed ownership and they had marked everything in the store 20% off. I took advantage of the sale and purchased several items in larger quantities so that I could add them to our storage.

On their final day they marked everything 25% off, so I decided to go back to see what was left. Most of the shelves were pretty bare, however, I was still able to find a few things that we really like on sale.

The boxes aren't full anymore because we've been eating some fresh.

The boxes aren’t full anymore because we’ve been eating some fresh.

One of the things they had were three boxes of California Peaches. Generally, I like to get locally grown produce as often as possible. But since we are completely out of canned peaches and the local peaches are just getting started, I decided to ask how much they wanted per box. The sign for the peaches said $1.19/lb so with the 25% they would have been $.89/lb. The cashier called the manager and asked him. He priced each 25 lb. box at $10. In other words, I got them for $.40/lb. Just because I asked, I got a better deal!

My point is, don’t be afraid to ask about getting a better deal.

Also don’t be afraid to ask about that tree that you see that no one is picking the fruit off of. If the owner is mowing under the tree but doesn’t want the fruit then he has to pick up the fallen fruit in order to mow. Often they will be happy to have someone come and take the fruit so they don’t have to mess with picking it. It saves them time and frustration to have someone pick the fruit.

I hope that this helps you have some ideas of how to build your food storage on a budget! Be on the lookout for those abandoned brambles, fruit and nut trees so that you too can glean for your family.




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