(I will be revisiting this post soon with updates.)
We are now on disc #3 of the 9 disc audio set for Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World Volume 2. It is absolutely fabulous! That being said, it is also leading to a lot of problems in our household. Jenna(25m) has now listened to ten hours of Jim Weiss reading SOTW, since we also listed to SOTW Volume 1 this summer. To put it bluntly, Jenna has now had enough. Bruce(6) on the other hand, is desperate to hear to more. So this is what it is like every time we get in the car:
Bruce: Story of the World! Story of the World! Turn it on Mom!!!
Jenna: No Story of the World! I want music. CLASSICAL music! No Story of the World! Music!! Mommy put on classical music!
Repeat 100 X
Sigh…. As my husband has put it, our children have no hope. They are being trained to be nerds from the start. The first grader is begging to hear history from the middle ages, and the two year old is a classical music snob. 🙂 We are going to try putting an old boom box into Bruce’s room so he can listen to SOTW on his own.
Please note that I haven’t been deluding myself into thinking Jenna was learning anything from listening to SOTW, but she had been tolerating it pretty well for Bruce’s sake. And who knows? Maybe she did pick up some vocabulary along the way. She is pretty darn good a stringing sentences together for such a little girl.
To help support SOTW #2 I have gathered up all of the books in our home library that correspond to the years 300-1500. As you can see, we are a little knight heavy. Mary Pope Osborne’s Favorite Medieval Tales is one of the best of the bunch. I will write and link up full reviews of all of the books in the next few months.