Audio stories are a huge part of the fabric of our family. Honestly, I am not sure what our days would be like without them. We listen to stories in the car, at bedtime, during chores, during quiet play time, and during school.
How and why do we use them??
-At night they help the kids calm and fall asleep
-In the car – they keep them from fussing about what music to pick =)
-For school – they allow me to expose the kids to GREAT fiction and content w/out me being tied to reading all the books aloud. We can listen while I do house work or prep school work.
-For Struggling learners/readers – their reading level does not determine the quality of material they can be exposed to
-It teaches great listening and imagination skills
-You can listen to stories at night as a family while playing games, building legos, or doing crafts.
Here are some of our favorites:
-Adventures in Odyssey stories can be purchased on CD or you can listen online at www.whitsend.org
-Story of the World – here is a link to the combo pack, but you can buy them individually http://www.welltrainedmind.com/store/story-of-the-world-audio-book-combo-pack.html
– Mystery of History – http://www.themysteryofhistory.info/audiobooks.shtml
These are both history curriculums but I purchase the audio components and let the kids listen at their leisure. I do not always attempt to make it fit into the history time period we are studying at the time. In other words I don’t schedule out when they listen. I have several non home school friends who got these for their history loving kids to listen to at bed and in the car. GREAT investment.
–http://www.ywampublishing.com/c-101-audiobooks.aspx These are great missionary stories. A big hit at my house.
–http://www.jonathanpark.com/ Creation based science adventures about a boy and his dad who is a creation scientist. My boys love them.
-The Lamplighter books are lovely stories and a few are on audio. – http://www.amazon.com/Charlies-Choice-Lamplighter-Theatre-Dramatic/dp/B0030EVZQQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349812324&sr=1-4&keywords=lamplighter+theatre+audio+cd
-Most local libraries have audiobooks for kids. We check them out all the time. The kids enjoy all sorts…from silly nonsense to classics – American Girl Doll stories, Magic Tree House, Boxcar Children, Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, Judy Moody, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, etc
–http://www.audible.com/ Is an online audiobook membership based site for downloading books
–http://librivox.org/Provides free online audiobooks that are public domain