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An Easy Way to Help Your Kids Love The Classics

All homeschool moms have idyllic visions of their kids sitting in a chair for hours, poring over well-worn, dog-eared hardback classics, and then immediately writing a 10 page paper about the themes found within each book and making a carefully crafted PowerPoint presentation displaying the crux of their thesis.

OK…maybe not. But it’s safe to say homeschoolers want their kids to be familiar with many of the great classics of yore. But the “ideal” picture of what that looks like doesn’t always play out. Sometimes kids are too busy to sit and read for long periods of time. Sometimes they don’t retain information well through reading. Sometimes they just aren’t interested.

Well, we have what might be a helpful solution for many!

Compass Classroom is delighted to offer high-quality audiobooks and stories, including Les Miserables, the New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Mercury Theater on the Air. These exciting audio series just might bring age-old tales to life for the first time for your kids who only think they aren’t interested in the classics. 

Les Miserables

Experience one of the world’s greatest classics of redemption. These seven, 30-minute episodes were adapted into the first-person for radio by Orson Welles at the beginning of his career.

New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Solve mysteries with the one and only Sherlock Holmes in forty-eight, 30 minute-long literary dramatizations. Voiced by the inimitable Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, these recordings are must-haves for fans of the famous sleuth!

Mercury Theater on the Air

These eighteen, hour-long literary dramatizations bring to life classic works of literature under the famous direction of Orson Welles. Just a few months after these episodes aired, Welles had achieved front-page notoriety for his “War of the Worlds” broadcast, which secured Campbell’s soup as a sponsor. Your kids can learn about great works such as Dracula, Jane Eyre, Sherlock Holmes, and many more.

These dramatizations might just be what your kids need to pique their interest in these fantastic books! We hope this resource is helpful for all of our homeschooling friends. You can download all of these (and many more!) here.