We live in rural Maine and it's always a drive to get anywhere. So much so that I don't measure how far I need to go in miles but rather in time. Church takes 20 minutes one way. Grocery shopping and, well, really, any type of shopping is at least 20-30 minutes away. The little dinky library we use to touch and feel real books is 15 minutes away. The "corner store" is 15 minutes away. Well, you get the picture.
Thankfully my boys love audio books and so do I. Over the years I've collected quite a stash and I'm always on the lookout for more. Since my boys are captive audiences while we're driving, it works out great. I've tried having them listen while at home and it's just not the same. Thankfully we always have time to listen while driving and it helps make the time speed by.
Here, in no particular order, are some of our favorite audio programs:
- Chronicles of Narnia - Focus on the Family Radio Theater version
- Any Adventures in Odyssey
- Story of the World Volumes 1-4 (In fact, my hubby heard part of this while driving to church on day and now wants them for his audio listening! He commutes two hours - at least - every day and listens to audio books on his drive.)
- Lamplighter Theater - We just bought our first one at our state homeschool convention this year. We'll be getting more - lots more.
- Classic books from LibriVox.org (all in the public domain read by volunteers - I use a FM transmitter to listen via my MP3 player)
- Jim Weiss CDs - I'm collecting as fast as I can. The boys love all the ones we've listened to so far.
- Classical Kids - Fun way to learn about various composers and their music.
- Jonathan Park - Great adventure stories with a creationism theme.
- Lost! On a Mountain in Maine - specific Maine based book (great btw)
- The Sign of the Beaver - the one that finally hooked my older son on reading. He's never looked back.
Be sure to head over to oh Amanda to see what other Top Ten Lists have been posted. And you really should go read Amanda's post. She is highlighting a pretty cool charity. If we didn't have over a foot of snow on the ground and mud (lots of mud where there is no snow), I'd join in.