Heritage History

We love studying history through living books. Quality literature has the wonderful ability to make the people and events of the past become interesting and real. By reading and studying about the past, we can gain insight and understanding that can have a lasting impact.  History textbooks tend to be dry and leave out a substantial amount of facts and give a very limited view.

There are a few hurdles that sometimes deter families away from using living books in their studies. They are unsure of how to put together a course of study using just living books, cost of programs that are already set-up and scheduled for you, purchasing the living books or their library system not having the needed books available.

Heritage History can be a help and solution to these hurdles. We were recently able to review a Heritage History’s British Empire Classical Curriculum. When you first visit  Heritage-History.com , you may assume that it is just a collection of old, out of print books. This assumption would be a huge mistake!

Taken from the Heritage History website: The British Empire collection covers the history of the British Empire, from the earliest days of the Hanoverian dynasty to the turmoil of the First World War. It tells stories of the rise of British rule in Indian and Asia, the conflict with the French in America, the exploration and colonization of Africa, the opening of trade with China and Japan, and the discovery and settlement of Austrialia and New Zealand. Most regional histories cover pre-colonial history as well as history under British rule, so the collection provides a fairly thorough overview of world history with an emphasis on the colonial era.

The British Empire CD contains 57 classical children’s history books  that cover this time period of history.  Some of those books are Struggle for Sea Power, Boy’s Book of Battles, Our Island Story, Tales from Irish History, Story of Japan, War Inventions, English Literature for Boys and Girls, and so much more! These books are categorize according to three levels: green/elementary, brown/intermediate and red/advanced.

The CD offers the book in 3 formats. You can choose to read from your computer, print a PDF copy or download the books to your e-reader. The books are in MOBI and epub format so they will work on any e-reader. Such a wonderful feature to have the choice on how to access the books.  While we do not have an actual e-reader we do have an e-reader app on a phone and British Empire books have worked wonderfully on it.

Contained on the Heritage History’s British Empire CD is not only  57 books but a study guide that can be printed or read on screen.  This is a great resource for those who need a bit of guidance in how to make her history course of study flow. In the study guide you will find beautiful color maps, timelines, era summaries, and list of prominent characters. For those of you who may have limited printing ability, a pre-printed copy of the study guide is available for purchase or you could even chose to purchase a download copy of the study guide. We were able to review the pre-printed study guide and it was fabulous. We are limited to a black and white printer. It would have not done these beautiful maps justice. We love maps here and I can’t imagine not using these in color!

The study guide also gives a description of each book so you can easily decide which books you want your students to read. The books are divided into “core” reading and “supplemental” reading.  Along with the color maps, black and white outline maps are provided to aid in map study. Accountability forms are also included to help with tracking of what your students are reading.

Our Thoughts of Heritage History’s British Empire CD and Study Guide:

I really enjoyed the British Empire CD. While you can read the books straight from the computer, the ease of reading via our e-reader app was lovely. My older girls could easily take it with us while running errands or read in bed at night. We are frequent patrons to our library system but it is getting harder and harder to find quality literature; it is being replaced by dumbed down series fiction. It is nice to have a resource in the time period we are studying and not worry about finding core or supplemental reading. It is all there and easily accessed.

I loved the printed study guide. With a busy schedule, it is nice to be able to open up and have a simple plan to follow. While it is included on the CD, I prefer having the printed, color copy of the study guide. I think the study guide is really helpful if you are new to using living books as your history curriculum. It helps you to have a base to pull from and keep you on track.

Purchasing Information:

Heritage History has 5 CDs that cover World History: Young Readers, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, British Middle Ages and British Empire.  Each of those has a study guide to accompany the CD. You can buy them individually for $24.99 each. Pre-printed colored study guides are $24.99. A download version of the study guide is $12.99.

You can also purchase the 5 CDs together for $99.99. This is a $25 savings!

And it is the perfect time to buy! Heritage History is having a Spring Sale! Buy 2 cds and get a third cd free!

Heritage History has a great amount of information on their website and I would highly recommend checking it out to see if this curriculum would be a valuable resource for your family.  Here are a few pages I think are helpful: FAQs, User Guide(really good information), Self-Publishing, and Classical Curriculum FAQs.  There is also study aids at Heritage History that provide resources for historical characters, maps, historical images and war & battlesCombining Curricula is also a great informational page to read if you are currently using another living books curriculum.

We really enjoyed the British Empire CD from Heritage History. I hope that we can add a couple more CDs as we continue our history studies. After browsing around Heritage History, please make sure to stop by TOS Review Crew. Other families reviewed varying  Heritage History CDs so please see what they have to say as well!!

 

**Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Review Crew, I received a complimentary copy of this product for the purpose of review. No compensation was made. The thoughts/opinions expressed in this post are my own.

 

God’s Great Covenant ~ Review

As a homeschooling mom, I love when I know a company is a reliable source for quality curricula. After Latin for Children and Art of Argument, I know that Classical Academic Press in one of those companies. I was very interested in seeing if my thoughts would be reinforced after utilizing God’s Great Covenant.

God’s Great Covenant is a four part course that takes the student on a journey through the Old and New Testaments.  Instead of choosing a Bible story or event to focus on, God’s Great Covenant emphasizes the importance of a chronological, purposeful study of the whole Bible. Through this type of study, you are able to see how God has moved through His people over time and gain understanding of His covenant. God’s Great Covenant is taught from a covenantal and reformed theological perspective, and rooted in Scripture; just a fact to be aware of in case you are looking for a Bible curriculum without a reformed theological focus.

God’s Great Covenant: New Testament 1 is a course designed for 4th graders and up.  I chose to bring all my children together and we had fabulous discussion! For the course there is a student workbook, teacher’s text and mp3 audio available. GGC New Testament 1 covers the four Gospels; bringing them together to be studied and understood. The course begins with an Introduction sections and will take several days to work through. So much information that really helps create a clear picture of where God’s people are at when the Gospel begins. The Introduction is very helpful if you have not covered the Old Testament.

There are several introductions: Historical/Political, Chronological, Geographical, Religious and Daily Life.  As we studied the introductions it was refreshing to see how much my children were familiar with and enlightening on what we all learned together!

After the introductions New Testament 1 is broken up into four units; each unit contains 9 chapters which include a review of what has been learned. Each chapter has focus texts from the Gospels; pulling parallel text together for a full picture of what is being studied. A memory passage is suggested and key facts are provided. After the reading, there are review worksheets to aid in retention of the material that includes a “think about it” question to help the student apply the Scripture personally.

The teacher text provides the same information as the student workbook but has added in-depths notes for the teacher to use in discussion or even older students could read on their own. The in-depth notes are a wonderful resource of information. God’s Great Covenant: New Testament 1 is a thorough, meaningful Bible study.  It also provides answers to the review worksheets.

In the past, I have not been impressed with various Bible curricula. Either it has been simplified or didn’t match our theological perspective. Classical Academic Press recognizes the ability of our children to study and learn and it shows in God’s Great Covenant. My children and I have had fabulous discussions as we are working through this course. I think that it has worked well to bring everyone together for this study but would have no qualms about handing the teacher’s text to my older children for independent study.

The mp3 audio files were not used for our family study time but work great for the younger ones to listen to during quiet time. The audio files would also be helpful for students who struggle with reading and could better focus having the text read.

One aspect of God’s Great Covenant: New Testament 1 was an issue for our family. The student text is meant to be consumable so copies can not be made of the review worksheets. Each student would need their own text if the review portions were used. Due to our family circumstances, we could not purchase student workbooks for each child. Classical Academic Press publishes excellent products and they are worth the pricing; it just wouldn’t be allowable for our family. We worked around the issue by having family discussion which is our preference.

God’s Great Covenant: New Testament 1 can be purchased as a bundle or the each resource can be purchased individually.

Student Workbook: $26.95

Teacher’s Edition: $29.95

MP3 Audio Files: $9.95

Bundle Option containing all 3 items: $56.95

Take a moment to check out God’s Great Covenant: New Testament 1 and the other products at Classical Academic Press!

Also other TOS crew members have their thoughts to share!

 

**Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Review Crew, I received a complimentary copy of this product for the purpose of review. No compensation was made. The thoughts/opinions expressed in this post are my own.

 

Art of Argument

As I continue on this journey of education my children there are instances where I want to run back to those early school days of teaching them to read. One of those instances is when facing subjects such as Logic. Logic isn’t a subject I was ever presented during my education and in no way do I feel qualified to teach it. However, I believe that Logic is a wonderful tool for a young person to have in their grasp. The ability to present his side in a reasonable debate is valuable skill.

Thankfully, Classical Academic Press has made a Logics resource that makes teaching and learning Logic attainable.

Argument Course for the Junior High Student

 

Junior high aged students will argue (and sometimes quarrel), but they won’t argue well without good training. Young teens are also targeted by advertisers with a vengeance. From billboards to commercials to a walk down the mall, fallacious arguments are everywhere you look. The Art of Argument was designed to teach the argumentative adolescent how to reason with clarity, relevance and purpose at a time when he has a penchant for the “why” and “how”. It is designed to equip and sharpen young minds as they live, play, and grow in this highly commercial culture. This course teaches students to recognize and identify twenty-eight informal fallacies, and the eye-catching text includes over sixty slick and clever, “phony advertisements” for items from blue jeans to pick-up trucks, which apply the fallacies to a myriad of real life situations.

The above was quoted from Classical Academic Press

In Art of Argument, 28 fallacies are presented ; Begging the Question, Sweeping Generalization, Straw Man, Mob Appeal, etc . The text is written in a style that is easy for the student (and teacher) to understand and think through. With each fallacy, illustrations are given to help emphasis the fallacy being discussed.  Each chapter contains the fallacy text, discussion questions, examples and there is an ongoing dialogue with Socrates. There are chapter and unit tests as well. The teacher’s manual contains all the student text plus answers to the exercises and tests.

Along with the teacher and student texts, a DVD set is available. On the DVD, two Logic teachers and four students work through the fallacies. This is really helpful to see how discussions are worked out when you are not able to be in a group setting. Thankfully, I have two daughters who will go through this at the same time so we can have a good group discussion. I liked the DVDs from the teacher’s perspective to help me see how to draw out the discussion.

 

When I first handed the text to my 7th grader, she wasn’t exactly thrilled. After explaining the purpose of the texts, she was a bit more willing to give it a try. She is interested in learning how to win an argument. I look forward to this course building her argument skills and her confidence in defending her point of view as well. A true asset when it comes to defending her faith!

Classical Academic Press provides samples for the teacher and student text of Art of Argument.

Teacher Sample Chapter.

Student Sample Chapter.

You might also find the Logic FAQ helpful in deciding if this course is right for your family.

Pricing:

Art of Argument Basic Bundle is $88.95. This bundle contains: Student text, Teacher text and DVD set.  If interested in buying the items separately, that option is available as well.

There are many other products available such as Argument Builder that can enhance you homeschool learning!

Other Crew members reviewed Art of Argument or Argument Builder. Take a moment to see what they have to say!

 

Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Review Crew, I received a complimentary copy of this product for review. No compensation was made.