You may not have heard of Heritage History before, but you should.
Heritage History is taking those wonderful out of print, public domain books and making them easy to use for everyone.
The Ancient Greece Curriculum I received contains 46 titles, as well as maps, outline maps, and a study guide for Ancient Greece.
Designed for self-motivated learners
This curriculum is set up to run in your regular Internet web browser, but does not require an Internet connection. The format makes it feel “familiar”, since it operates just like a website. You just put in the CD, and click RUN. This simple setup does cover up one little thing that I considered a goldmine when I found it: There are MOBI and ePUB files on the CD!
These are the files that allow you to read the books with an eReader, such as a Kindle or Nook.
Every book title on the CD comes in PDF, MOBI, and ePUB formats. No matter which reader you use, you will be able to use these books. To access these files, click Open to View Files instead of RUN.
The curriculum itself is divided into sections, which are linked in the sidebar, just like a web page. I received a printed hardcopy as well as the CD, so I was able to compare. They are identical in content. You can print out the Curriculum Guide if you prefer to have it in a notebook.
The Introduction includes a Getting Started guide and explains the reasoning behind teaching using living books.
Ancient Greece Study Guide contains the bones of the program, with an Overview, Recommended Reading (as well as links to PDFs of all of the books), summaries of the Historical Eras of Ancient Greece, and Historical and Outline Maps.
Accountability Forms give your students a place to keep track of their progress and log completed readings, as well as write their comments on each book.
Curriculum User Guide explains Heritage History’s philosophy on education, how to use the curriculum, sequence of material, and using their resources along with other curricula.
The Electronic Text section gives detailed information on printing and printers, and how to use the MOBI and ePUB formats with your eReader or iPad. The format of the PDF books is unique because they really tried to make them so easy to print that ANYONE can do it. The books are formatted 2 pages per side, and you only have to just click PRINT. They come out looking like this:
Wars and Battles of Ancient Greece is a section included purely for students who have an interest in world wars. Many boys enjoy reading up on wartimes, and all of the major Greek wars are outlined here. This could definitely be considered a study guide, but they don’t recommend you print it and have your kids use it unless there is real interest in the topic.
There are so many wonderful books on this CD, and each Curriculum or Compact Library contains many more for you to explore and delve into. We have other titles from Heritage History and LOVE all of the wonderful, high quality literature that they provide! If you are a blogger and would like to get to know Heritage History better by doing a review, please read their testimonials page.
Disclosure: I was provided with one copy of the CD and Curriculum Guide for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation and I was not expected to write a favorable review. My opinions are my own. (Review updated 4/11/2016)