Adventures in Odyssey Audio Series- I remember listening to this audio series when I was a kid, and its character-building message is still relevant to today’s youth. With dozens of episodes covering everything from history to moral dilemmas, all told in the context of exciting adventure stories starring fictional characters, this series is enjoyable for the whole family.
Story of Classical Music- This set of four CDs not only immerses children in classical music- it gives them context by providing historical details and biographical information on over 90 composers. This set of CDs is an overview of the history of classical music, so it only provides excerpts of each composer’s work rather than playing the entire piece. But what a great introduction to history’s brilliant musicians!
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U.S. History and Geography Songs- Clever parents and teachers have always known that children learn well through song. This History Songs CD teaches over 100 important U.S. history events- from Columbus to late 20th century events- all in song. The companion States & Capitals CD teaches the name and location of all 50 U.S. state capitals.
Rock N Learn features CDs with read along blogs, available for a variety of age ranges. The Pre-K selection includes lively song and narrative combos that teach kids about colors and shapes as varied as turquoise and polygons. The older kids’ CD offering include science and math topics, like a catchy Multiplication Rap that helps kids remember those tricky multiplication facts.
The Great Courses caters to lifelong learners with DVD and CD sets featuring professors (many of them Ivy League) lecturing on over 350 topics. The courses include subjects as varied as “Great Ideas of Philosophy,” “The History of Christianity,” and “Thinking Like an Economist.”
The Drive Time language CDs (available in languages like Spanish, French, and Italian) allows you to learn a foreign language by listening. The set of four CDs teaches vocabulary, conversation, and even a bit of culture. Pronunciation exercises and conversation practice enforce the practicality of this learning tool.