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Get a jumpstart on carschooling

Adding some history to our lives.

Adding some culture to our lives.

If you’ve ever wanted to get started with carschooling, the Homeschool Buyers Co-op has a good deal going right now to get you going:  5 Jim Weiss CDs from Greathall Productions for $62.35 (including tax and shipping). That comes out to about $12.50 a CD.

(Of course, check with your local library too because you might be able to borrow them for free.)

Here is a complete list of all of the Jim Weiss CDs I’ve reviewed so far.

The following are titles I just purchased. I don’t know if they will be winners or not:

  • Rip Van Winklel and Gulliver’s Travels
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and The Story of Rome
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Thomas Jefferson’s America

The Queen’s Pirate

We have just spent the last few days listening to “The Queen’s Pirate” by Jim Weiss several times. It tells the story of both Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Francis Drake. This CD is very good, but I would pass on purchasing this if you already own Story of the World 2 on audio because it is redundant. “The Queens Pirate” does do a better job in telling the story of the defeat of the Spanish Armada however, and includes the part about the English fire ships forcing the Spanish galleons to cut anchor and flee. I was very bummed that Susan Wise Bauer left that part out of SOTW2!

I bought two copies of this CD and will be giving the second one as part of a Christmas gift to one of our nieces or nephews.

Incidentally, here’s a picture of Traitor’s Gate which Princess Elizabeth passed through when her sister Mary imprisoned her in the Tower of London.

Abraham Lincoln and the Heart of America

Having just read Sherman the Ruthless Victor, I decided to get out one of our family’s all-time favorite Jim Weiss recordings: “Abraham Lincoln and the Heart of America” to listen to in the car this weekend.  Bruce has been listening to this CD since he was four years old and is the background for one of our family’s all time funniest stories about Bruce.

When Bruce was four years old he was spending the night at Grammy and Papa’s house.  Papa was watching a PBS documentary on Andrew Jackson, and Bruce had crept into the room and was watching with him.  Then Grammy came into the room and remarked, “Oh, you’re watching something on the Civil War.”  Papa said that this wasn’t the case, and they started arguing the point.  Finally, Bruce broke into the conversation to settle the issue.  “Grammy,” he said.  “You’re thinking of Stonewall Jackson.  This show is about Andrew Jackson.”

How did my preschooler know who Stonewall Jackson was?  “Abraham Lincoln and the Heart of America”!  We have listened to this CD about twenty times now, and unfortunately it is now scratched in places from overuse.  It keeps skipping in the middle of the Gettysburg Address, which is really annoying.  I might have to buy a new copy for Jenna when she turns four.  🙂

Fariytale Favorites in Story and Song

Normally our family loves anything Greathall Productions publishes, and anything Jim Weiss reads. But “Fairytale Favorites in Story and Song” is only so-so. If this was the first ever Jim Weiss CD you bought, you would probably think it was pretty good. But compared to the other Greathall CDs, it is just not very inspired. I would recommend not purchasing this CD, but perhaps checking it out from the library if available.

Here are the stories included on this CD:

  • Stone Soup
  • Puss in Boots
  • The Shoemaker and the Elves
  • Rapunzel

Fairytale Favorites is appropriate for all age levels, which is why I purchased it, but neither my 2 year old nor my 6 year old found it very engaging. And I (yawn), would much rather listen to something else.