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About EmilyK

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  1. We liked d'aulaires on audio, also Jim Weiss and Atticus the storyteller on audio.
  2. Heads up for any Great Courses fans who are audible members, or who plan to join even for a short time. You probably already know about the mobile app and the free Great Courses lectures on there (about 8-10 miscellaneous lectures from different courses). What I didn't know about was the single lectures that you can "purchase" as a member for free. I found them by searching for "great courses" on the website (instead of going to great courses in the drop down menu). I just "bought" 29 lectures for free on a variety of topics. Of course, they won't be as useful as a full course, but if you or your family likes listening to them for fun, or 30 minutes of thought-provoking content in the car, it is a good deal.
  3. I'm back after a long hiatus trying to figure out some things for this year -- but to answer your question (if you are still looking) I absolutely love the Great Courses on Audible for this sort of thing, and buy them whenever I see them on sale. I see there are ones on British History and the Vikings but haven't listened to them yet. I also have listened to some Modern Scholar ones which are very similar to Great Courses. The ones by Thomas Madden touch on the Vikings and Medieval England.
  4. That's great. My kids are actually good on getting around our city but I agree that using maps to walk around, public transport, etc., is a much neglected skill these days.
  5. Thanks so much! I had a feeling you would reply since you are the storehouse of knowledge!
  6. I think I have seen this discussed here before, but I'm having no luck searching. My older son and I have been discussing practical life skills to have before leaving home. My family wasn't very intentional about this and I ended up with lots of holes. Not a problem, but I would like to expose my kids to different sorts of things that they would need to know how to do / how they work as a functioning adult. I'm imagining day to day sorts of things, but if there are items that are longer term and would fit into a gap year that's great too. The sorts of things that spring to mind are various sorts of basic cooking, how to handle checking accounts and tax returns, but I'm sure there's a ton of things I'm not thinking of. I seem to remember a book or checklist that someone recommended along those lines. Any ideas?
  7. I can only find one of these -- do you know the names? This is just for fun for my 11 year old -- I realize this isn't as serious as the other resources mentioned. Thanks!
  8. Resurrecting this thread to say that the Hakim audio books are on sale at Audible right now.
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