Friday, May 18, 2012

Heritage History: Young Readers

For Christmas, each of the boys received a Kindle Fire.  Since then, I've been looking for ways to incorporate them into our school days.  There are many free books available, including many classics, but these are often riddled with formatting errors.  I was thrilled when I found out I had the chance to review the Young Readers Classical Curriculum from Heritage History.

The Young Readers Classical Curriculum is one of the CDs from Heritage History's Classical Curriculum product line.  They also sell a CD for Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, British Middle Ages, and British Empire.  Each CD is $24.99, and each CD contains both pdf and e-Reader versions (e-pub and MOBI), so every book can be printed or put on any e-reader device.  The Curriculum CDs can be used alone as a history program, or Heritage History offers suggestions for incorporating the books into other popular history programs.

The Young Readers CD is an introduction to Western Civilization for elementary students. This CD contains 86 books, along with a printable Teacher's Guide, timelines, historical images, as well as lists of people encountered in the books.  A complete list of books can be found at the bottom of this page, but some of the titles included are Story of Columbus, Richard of Jamestown, Stories of the Vikings, Aesop for Children, Stories from the Life of Christ, Fifty Famous Stories, Stories from Arabian Nights, and Our Little Roman Cousin.

The CD is easily navigated.  When I placed it in my CD drive, I chose run the .exe file, and a table of contents opened in my browser window.  Along the side there are links for New Users (contains an introduction, a Getting Started link, and recommendations), the Library (which enables you to sort the books by subject, genre, or series, or you can sort by genre with a book summary included), Study Aids (this is where the Teacher's Guide, images, timeline, and list of characters are found), Curriculum (user's guide and FAQ), and e-Texts (general helpful information).  It was also easy to transfer the books onto the Kindle Fire with a USB cord, and the formatting is excellent.

I'm thrilled with this product.  For less than 30 cents a book, I've got an entire library of great historical books for my boys.  I look forward to incorporating more of these books into our history studies in the future, and I recommend you take a look at this company.

For more reviews of Heritage Histories, go here.



 Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are mine. 

Monday, May 07, 2012

The Prettiest Girl in the World

by Jacob (9)

She has ocean blue eyes
Prettier than a lilac.
She has golden hair
Richer than anything.

But she's only pretty on the outside.
On the inside,
She's worse than a frog.
She acts like she's a queen.
Her army is her temper,
Which inflicts the most damage.
Her servant is her selfishness.
She isn't willing to leave her comfort zone,
Which is her mighty tower.

So you see, 
Looks can deceive.
Just because she looks good
Doesn't mean to serve
Her like a queen.