IDEA Curriculum Fair 2013: Featured Speaker Jim Weiss

Attendee Welcome Page ~ Anchorage ~ Fairbanks ~ Juneau ~ Soldotna

Jim WeissWORKSHOPS that Jim Weiss will be doing at the Fair:

Storytelling performances:
The Astounding History of the Holy Temple
Mystery and Intrigue with Sherlock Holmes
Real Life Heroes: Fascinating Stories of Great People
Stories of Virtues & Values: A Family’s Quest for Conscientious Living Via Literature and History
Tricksters in Literature
Women in Grey & Blue & Their Contributions in the American Civil War

Gone West! The Early Exploration of America
Storytelling Up Close and Personal: A Teen Workshop
Teaching History with G.A. Henty and Other Great Works
Throwing Light on the Dark Side: Good vs. Evil in Contemporary Youth Literature (for teens & adults)


Jim Weiss and his wife Randy founded Greathall Productions in 1989. It was a huge leap of faith as children’s audio at the time was just coming into fashion. Raised by parents who valued literature and history and with the additional influence of grandfathers who loved to tell stories to their grandsons, Jim grew up in the presence of literary and real-life characters in the tradition of oral language. Jim graduated from The University of Wisconsin, Madison and entered the sales and marketing profession. At forty years old, he realized that he was unfulfilled and needed to make a career change. With a lot of prayer and reflection, Jim and Randy decided to trust their intuition that a line of storytelling recordings told, not read would provide a wonderful way for children to appreciate classics at an early age. This year, Jim and Randy Weiss are celebrating Greathall Productions’ 22nd Anniversary year of business. Married for 35 years, Randy and Jim reside in Charlottesville, Virginia, and are the proud parents of their married daughter and son-in-law.

To date, Jim is the producer and reader of 46+ Greathall storytelling recordings featuring classical literature and history; masterful and thoughtful readings of G.A. Henty titles; unabridged readings of The Story of the World Volumes I-IV; Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham and Ralph Moody’s, Come On, Sea Biscuit, Howard Pyle’s Men of Iron, and a variety of Read-Along Book/CD Sets.

Weiss is the recipient of 100+ national awards from The Old Schoolhouse, Mary Pride’s Practical Homeschooling Reader’s Choice, The American Library Association, Parents' Choice Foundation, The Film Advisory Board, Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, AudioFile, Creative Child Magazine, Children’s Media, and many more. Jim Weiss recordings are highly praised and recommended by leading home school journals and reviewers including Home Education Magazine, Homeschooling Today, Greenleaf Press, The Well Trained Mind, Family Times, The Old Schoolhouse, and countless others.

Jim travels extensively across the United States and Canada presenting library, school, store and community events; teacher workshops; and his favorite, HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCES.

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