Many people have concluded that history is nothing more than a dry, boring recital of dates and facts that must be endured. And really, if history studies are limited to traditional textbooks, that conclusion is not far off.
But what if history is presented as the fascinating story of real people with real thoughts, feelings, and purposes? What if the exciting events of history are woven into a thrilling story?
The story of history will capture a child’s interest far more readily than a textbook ever could.
Introducing Heritage History
Heritage History is not a textbook. Rather, it is an extensive collection of classical children’s history books. Heritage History brings history to life with a wide variety of living books: biographies, legends, hero stories, and well-known historical literature adapted for easier reading.
All Heritage History books are available on CD in three formats (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI) so they can be printed or read on any electronic reader. Each collection focuses on a particular civilization and contains dozens of books categorized for beginning, intermediate, and advanced readers.
Classical Libraries provide excellent supplementary reading for any traditional history program:
Complete Curriculum Libraries contain all the reading materials plus hundreds of pages of study aids, including timelines, historical maps, and core reading recommendations:
- Young Readers
- Ancient Greece
- Ancient Rome
- British Middle Ages (5th-17th centuries)
- British Empire (18th-19th centuries)
Why We Love Heritage History
1. Convenient Kindle Format
Our bookshelves are full and overflowing, and I’ve even had to pack some books away in the basement. I love that I can load an entire collection of Heritage History books onto the Kindle, and there’s still plenty of space for more! (No dusting required, either!)
In addition, it’s so easy to take the Kindle along in the car while we run errands or travel. I love that my kids have access to dozens of high-quality books while we’re on the road.
(If you don’t have a Kindle or other e-reader, you can read the PDF version of the books on your computer with Adobe Reader.)
2. Perfect Supplement for Mystery of History
We are using Mystery of History Vol. I this year, and I’ve discovered that Heritage History is a perfect supplement to our text. We recently began studying about Ancient Greece, and it was so simple to hand the Kindle to my son and allow him to choose a book from the Ancient Greece Curriculum Library.
The first book Keaton chose was Our Little Athenian Cousin. This book tells the story of Hiero, a boy who lived in Athens about the time of the Peloponesian War. The author also emphasizes the artistic accomplishments of of the Greeks through a character who is a sculptor.
3. Captivating Literature
I suggested that my son should read a chapter or two each day. He is a voracious reader, so I wasn’t surprised when he jumped right into the book. I was surprised when he asked me later if he could read extra–really, how often does a child ask to read history?
I love that my son is loving history! I can’t give Heritage History any higher praise than that.
4. Ease of Use
I love how easy it is to use Heritage History! After inserting the CD into the computer, the menu appears in a browser window that is almost identical to the Heritage History website.
All of the books on the CD are listed by genre and color-coded by suggested reading level. It’s so simple to select the desired format and transfer to your choice of device. If you feel intimidated by this process, there are even step-by-step directions to walk you through it!
5. Affordable Price
I’m always on the lookout for affordable homeschooling materials. Heritage History collections are affordably priced at $19.99 (Classical Libraries) and $24.99 (Curriculum Libraries). The number of books in each collection varies, but the price per book is typically less than $0.55, significantly less than thrift store prices in my area.
This is an amazing deal on a product that I highly recommend!
Questions? Please ask in the comments below!