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Just the other day I was struck by how much history is quickly becoming the cornerstone of our homeschool. Â Â We have enjoyed many historical books this year and history has been a spring board for so much delight directed learning in our home. Â
Heritage History has fit in perfectly and has really kindled our enjoyment of learning about the past.
We have been exploring both theÂ Early America and Ancient RomeÂ selections. Â Ancient Rome fit great with our classical studies that we used last semester, reading Old World Heroes has given us even more insight into some of our favorite characters from Famous Men of Rome. Â
Our selection from Early America is the true account of one little girl and her family while traveling to California. Â This has been our reading selection just for pure enjoyment. Â Don’t tell the kids that they are actually still learning!
When you order from Heritage History, you will receive a CD chock full of literature. Â Rich stories, biographies of people and places, not a dry text book of dates. Â As parents we will experience much enjoyment learning right along side our children.Â
Benefits of Heritage History Curriculum:
The CD’s are easily laid out by genre and by levelÂ – for instance, if you are interested in reading a biography, those are grouped together and then further broken down by level. Â We are choosing to do all of our reading aloud, but if you had a strong reader you could really let them go and read until their hearts content. Â
I especially appreciated this feature as we do a great deal of family style learning in our home. Â Great for multiple ages learningÂ about the same topic.Â Great news for large families!
It has been very easy to integrate the use of notebooking into our Heritage History studies – reading wonderful stories written in an engaging fashion are the perfect recipe for igniting the imagination and make it easy for narration.
Heritage History is self-directed –Â If you are looking for a history program that has very specific lesson plans,Â i.e. week 6, day 3 do this, then this might not be the program for you. Â However, this program could work right along side, and add so much, to a standard text book program.
There is a great deal of supplemental information – Â I printed out the Ancient Rome study guide and found the guide very helpful. Â The guide contains background information, timelines, a listing of important characters, and many maps.
I appreciated the many different kinds of maps, as my oldest is quite the geography buff. Â The short, concise timelines were beneficial for helping us keep dates in order.
The only glitch I had to using Heritage History is that I had some difficulty transferring the books to my Kindle. Â However, I’m sure it was user error on my part and it really wasn’t an issue as I could easily read from my computer screen.
We are looking forward to reading Stories of Saints and Martyrs next.
Teaching Philosophy of Heritage History:
Thankfully our kids will never see history as just a boring, dry, memorization of dates and people. Â My children will view history as vibrant pieces of fabric that make our nation, our world’s, quilt what it is today.
I love this quote from Heritage History: “…we seek to promote, not so much the study of history, as the enjoyment of history”. Â Isn’t it so much more interesting to study what we enjoy?
*Disclosure :: I received these products for free to review with my family and I was compensated for my time. Â All of my opinions are my own and are honest, I was not required to post a positive review.