Hi there Homeschool Post readers!
My name is Lindsey and I’m a homeschool mom to three kids in North Carolina. I used to write here at the Post somewhat regularly, but due to some health issues with my kids, I had to take a step back. I’m glad to be “back” today because I want to share a new product with you and give away some FREE curriculum to 100+ homeschool families!
Homeschooling Children With Different Needs
We’ve been a homeschooling family for eight years now, and we absolutely treasure the opportunity to teach our children at home. Allow me to tell you a little bit about my family, and our homeschool journey…
God made each of my three children incredibly different. My oldest child, an 8th grader, is academically gifted. She excels in her schoolwork with independence and ease. For her, school is easy and fun, a real pleasure, if you will. In fact, some days, it seems like she can’t get enough of school and asks to do more.
My middle child is a 5th grader who is physically disabled from a genetic syndrome we carry in our family. She is tougher than any kid I’ve ever met. Through her hard work and determination, she has maintained grade-level performance year after year, and especially enjoys reading good books. Homeschooling for her is often a challenge, because we spend many of our weekly school hours at doctor appointments, therapy appointments, and sometimes as a patient in the hospital.
My youngest son, who is in 4th grade, is severely delayed academically and developmentally because of the same genetic syndrome his sister has. (It just affects each of them in very different ways.) He struggles with several learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, a pervasive speech disorder, and a central auditory processing disorder. He pretty much dislikes everything about schoolwork and academics…especially reading. For him, school is beyond hard. It feels nearly impossible, and it’s a constant reminder that he is behind his peers.
As the mom, and the primary educator in our homeschool, it’s a real challenge for me to find good, quality homeschool resources and materials that all three of my kids, at their widely varied academic levels can enjoy together. Then, as if that wasn’t hard enough, I have to stay within a very tight budget and I also need to find materials that don’t compromise our personal moral beliefs. Put all these factors together and it’s a near full-time job just finding homeschool curriculum that works for us!
The Day I Discovered Audio Theater
A few years ago I was at a local Christian bookstore and noticed they had an entire display of audio theater CDs for sale. What’s audio theatre, you say? It’s kind of like “books on tape” for those of you my age and older.
Modern audio theater comes in many flavors, from classic books to modern novels and everything in-between. Audio theater is just like reading, but in a more fun and entertaining way. It is real theater you can take along with you. Audio theater is filled with all sorts of special sound effects, real actors portraying the characters voices, and so on, making it more than “just another audio book” you listen to.
Back to my story.
My interest piqued, I thought we would try one. So I purchased one audio theater CD, picked totally at random, and decided we would put it in the car and listen to it on the way home. My children, who were about 8, 6 and 5 at the time, were instantly captivated. They didn’t want to get out of the car! I had to promise them that we would finish the adventure later on while we ate dinner as a family.
What amazed me about the whole experience was the fact that all three of my children enjoyed it. My gifted child loved it… my “average Joe” academic child thought it was awesome… and my severely delayed child begged for more! (And Dad was just happy that mom was so happy!)
After we finished that CD, we bought another. And another. And another. Until we exhausted nearly every audio theater CD we could beg, borrow, or buy.
Then a few weeks ago, I found one of the newest audio theater dramas on the market – Under Drake’s Flag. After listening to so many different audio theater CDs with my family, I was pretty certain there was nothing new under the sun.
I was wrong.
Under Drake’s Flag was by far and large, one of the best…if not THE best audio drama we have ever listened to as a family. Before I knew it, our family had spent 2 short hours gathered together on the couch, attention rapt and captivated by Under Drake’s Flag. My son, the one who struggles academically, said it was the most FUN book he had ever “read” in his entire life.
What makes Under Drake’s Flag different from other audio theater dramas?
First and foremost, Under Drake’s Flag wasn’t just another good story set to music or with cool sound effects. (To be fair, there are some really cool sound effects and the music is beyond excellent.) Under Drake’s Flag is classic literature, straight from the prolific English novelist, GA Henty. The story is a captivating tale of Sir Francis Drake, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe.
Under Drake’s Flag does a fantastic job of combining history, biography, character training, and a few Bible lessons in one amazing story that keeps young children and adults captivated at every turn.
Another way Under Drake’s Flag is set apart from the rest is how the drama itself was created. The producers of Under Drake’s Flag spared no expense in the project, and you can tell from the moment you listen to the CDs or digital download. In fact, the production team flew to England to hire some of the finest British radio and Shakespearian theatre actors, to be the voices of the characters you come to love in this amazing audio drama.
The top-notch production crew was packed with award-winning experts such as John Campbell, who composed the original score for C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. Campbell also composed the original score for Under Drake’s Flag. The sound design project engineer was Mark Drury. He invested over 1000 hours of work in Under Drake’s Flag. He’s also given his expertise to projects like Adventures in Odyssey, Narnia, and Lamplighter Theater. If you’re a fan of any of those great audio dramas, you will simply love Under Drake’s Flag.
Would you like to try Under Drake’s Flag – FOR FREE?
The executive producers of Under Drake’s Flag want to get the word out about this new drama in the homeschooling community ASAP…but they need some help. They are a small, family owned company with a passion for homeschooling families.
Because I loved the product so much, I am helping them connect with other homeschoolers and the homeschooling community at large. We looking for approximately 100 homeschool bloggers to listen to Under Drake’s Flag for free (digital download) and review it on their own personal blogs.
If you’re interested, you’ll get access to the digital download immediately, and you will also get to view the accompanying study guide that you can use with your kids in your homeschooling, if you desire. Even if you don’t care about the study guide and just want to listen to the audio drama, that’s fine. All we ask is that you give us a review if at all possible on your blog, and your personal feedback, if you like what you hear.
If you are interested in reviewing this drama on your blog, please email me at email@example.com - be sure to put DRAKE in the subject line so I know it’s urgent. We are hoping to get bloggers on this right away, with reviews coming in within the next 30 days so that we can launch the product with some excitement. You can also connect with me at the Under Drake’s Flag Facebook Page.
And that’s it. You won’t be put on any email lists and your information will not be sold or shared. Simply review the product for us and that’s all you have to do.
Calling NON-BLOGGING Homeschool Moms & Dads!
For those of you who are not bloggers, but would still like to review the material, we’d like to give away two copies of Under Drake’s Flag as well. Simply leave a comment here and we’ll draw for two people to receive the Under Drake’s Flag CD set or digital download to enjoy with your families. Comments will be left open until October 25th, 2013.