When I launched this site on my birthday, I kicked it off by having a week of giveaways from some fantastic sponsors. One of my prize sponsors was Heritage History, and one lucky winner received FOUR of Heritage History’s Compact Libraries! Teresa from Heritage History contacted me and asked if I would be willing to review their new Ancient Greece Curriculum, so of course I said yes!
You may not have heard of Heritage History before, but you should. And you will. 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, there are accountability forms included for your students to keep track of which books they are reading. A good set of notebooking pages or a lapbook would go along nicely.
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. (Click images to zoom in.)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. 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 as well, if you prefer to have it in a notebook.
The Introduction explains the reasons you should use living books, as well as gives a Getting Started guide.
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 visit their reviews page.
Now for the fun: Since we’ve already covered Ancient Greece (twice!) I am going to give away my copy of Heritage History’s Ancient Greece Curriculum. To enter, just leave me a comment! I’ll draw a name late Friday night. The winner will be announced on The Momma Knows Facebook page Saturday morning!
Also, don’t forget that it’s H Week for the ABC’s of Homeschooling, and now it’s your turn to link up YOUR H post!
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. This post contains one or more affiliate links.