We live outside of a large city and everything is about 20 minutes away. The drives are often cumbersome for the children and are sometimes preceded with complaints and childhood bickering.
I really didn’t know what to expect when my CD came in the mail. We had never tried audiobooks before, and I wasn’t sure how well it would go with the children.
I received a copy of this Adventures in Odyssey CD and was compensated for my time in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and thoughts are uniquely my own.
Enjoying the Ride
I opened the cover of Adventures in Odyssey: “Up in the Air” and popped it into the CD player in the van. I was surprised to see how quickly the 9, 5, and 2 year old quieted down to listen. Everyone was buckled and ready to go.
We listened to a good portion of “Find a Penny” before arriving at our destination that particular day, and I couldn’t believe the disappointment when I had to stop the recording.
“Mom!!! Keep going! We want to find out what happens next!”
When the time came to drive home, they eagerly ran back to the van and buckled up quickly, begging for the rest of the story. We finished the first one that day and continued our journey in the days that followed.
Throughout our listening sessions, we did have to pause the CD’s a few times to help my 5 year-old through some questions when she got a bit lost in the stories. I also had to make it a point to discuss what they meant by “drugged” in the story “Find a Penny;” but overall, it really was such a positive experience, and it led to some fruitful discussion afterwards for us all.
Here are three reasons we fell in love with Adventures in Odyssey Audiobooks.
Adventures in Odyssey Engages the Whole Family
As a mother, who typically tunes out during long drives to the store, I found it entertaining to listen to these stories alongside the children. The stories were each so different with new characters, story plots, sound effects, and approaches. From a full-blown adventure to a staged “TV” broadcast on revenge, there was a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy.
I also valued the opportunity to use the time in the van more meaningfully with rich conversations. As mothers, we are often pulled in many directions, and it’s not always easy to just focus on the children. Listening together and sharing our ideas was a refreshing way to reconnect.
Adventures in Odyssey Builds Attention and Comprehension
As a homeschool teacher, this was one of my favorite attributes of Adventures in Odyssey Audiobooks. With each story, my children’s habit of attention was strengthened and further developed. Despite the numerous distractions that can come with a long, suburban drive, they were able to sit calmly and focus on the events of the story.
We also had plenty of opportunities to pause the CD and discuss questions they had and insights they came across. They analyzed, compared and contrasted, and made connections to the Bible themes and storylines. They thought of real-world applications and remembered stories we had read previously that connected with the characters and events in the story. It was encouraging to see all the learning that was taking place outside of the “classroom.”
Adventures in Odyssey Develops Christian Character
As a Christian, one of my key responsibilities is to disciple our children and shepherd their hearts for The Lord. Sometimes it can be challenging to find quality Christian resources that capture the attention of my little ones. I really appreciated how Adventures in Odyssey shared a variety of scenarios in order to reinforce Biblical character in a fun and entertaining way.
Following each story was a Biblical reference and connection. This guided our discussion quite a bit and led to some fruitful conversation. After listening to ” B-TV” on revenge, for example, we discussed our Bible reading from the week, including the story of Joseph and then followed it up with some real-world scenarios. It also helped to have this shared experience to point to when other events in our everyday lives connected to the Biblical lessons in the stories. It truly was edifying.
As a Christian homeschool mother, I want our children to be able to think critically and use wisdom in the choices they make. I want them to know God’s Word and see how it applies to them and their lives.
The “ride” we’re on goes far beyond the drive to the grocery store, but it’s those small trips and everyday moments that draw us together and grow us in love. The children and I are happy to be able to enjoy the ride a bit more with the Adventures in Odyssey Audiobooks.
To get your own copy and listen to a free audio preview, visit Focus on the Family: Adventures in Odyssey.