Thursday, May 24, 2012

TOS Crew Review : Heritage History for Young Readers


I love history and I have so much more of an appreciation for it now - much more so than when I was in school. I think part of this new found interest is because of the great living books we use for history - no boring textbooks here! I will admit we are running out of space on our bookshelves and running out of places to put all the bookshelves we have bought. I was so excited to get the opportunity to review Heritage History for Young Readers - not just because of all the great short stories but, because, I was able to load the CD into my Kindle on my iPad {no looking for extra space on the bookshelf this time}.
The Young Readers Classical Curriculum represents a broad and age-appropriate introduction to all of Western Civilization. Primary subjects include American, European, and Ancient history, Bible and saint stories, legends and literature. The collection of books touches upon all of the major elements of Western Civilization, but in a child-friendly, easy-to-understand manner.
All of the books in the Young Readers library can be read by an older grammar school student, but they are also appropriate for read-aloud to younger children. And although the stories are told in simple enough terms for a nine or ten-year-old to understand, they are engaging enough to be of interest to older students as well.
The Young Readers library is one of our largest collections, with over eighty books to choose from. Many of the books in this collect are simple enough for a fluent reader to complete in only a few hours, so avid readers may be able to read dozens of books from the collection before moving on to more challenging curriculums. Reading a few dozen of these books will expose students to hundreds of famous historical characters and will be an excellent foundation for future learning.

The kids and I enjoyed reading through many of the selections included on the CD. I loved the fact that Heritage History offers a Teacher's Guide {PDF Format} to help put together a plan for reading through all these wonderful books.
While we did not use Heritage History for Young Readers as a stand alone curriculum - it was wonderful as a supplement to our Early American History study. We really enjoyed Stories of American Life and Adventure and Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans. Our CD offered 86 books in all but, Heritage History offers four other CD's - Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Middle Ages and British Empire. Each of those CD's contains maps, teaching aids, and study guides along with the library of books. 

Each CD is priced at just $24.99 - a bargain price on any budget for all the books you receive on each CD. Orders can be placed directly through Heritage History on their website.

Would you like to read what my fellow crew mates thought of Heritage History? Then head on over to the TOS Crew Blog.

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Disclaimer: I am reviewing this curriculum on behalf of the TOS Crew. I received no compensation, other than a copy of Heritage History for Young Readers, for the writing of this review. The contents of this review express my personal opinion of the product.

1 comment:

Martha said...

It sounds like this CD had a very nice selection of books on it.