How many of us love history? And really great living history books? But, we can't afford to buy every single volume out there, especially because alot of the great ones are out of print and hard to find?
At the recent curriculum fair, I found an awesome company: Heritage History. For a very reasonable $29.99, I purchased a CD of Early American Classical Library with over 65 books on it!! The topics covered are U.S. History, Colonial Children, American Negro History, Military History, American Indian History, Regional History, Statesmen and Authors, and Exploration and Invention. The books are broken down into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Also available are Young Readers, Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, British Middle Ages, British Empire, Spanish Empire, Modern Europe, Christian Europe, Intermediate Readers, and Advanced Readers.
My question was, how do I find readings on Benjamin Franklin without sorting through all of these books? Ask, and ye shall receive!! On her website, the author of this program has graciously listed every major historical figure here. (you can access this by following the link for historical figures on the sidebar). Once there, you locate the figure that you're looking for. It will list a short bio and have a link to follow that lists all the stories that the character is listed in.
She also has images, wars and battles, and maps listed the same way on the sidebar.
Another great thing, is that she has directions listed to download the books to your e-reader!! Now, its super easy to read those books!
And if that's not enough, she's also put together some fantastic study guides for you to use along with the books:
Heritage History provides notebook-ready Study Guides to accompany each of its Classical Curriculum CD's. Each Study Guides include a printed version of many of the study aids found on the corresponding Curriculum CD. These study aids include historical maps, outline maps, timelines, era summaries, character lists, and era specific reading lists. (taken from their website).
I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed with this inexpensive library. Its perfect for my family, especially since we'll be living in our camper for about six months. Its lightweight and easy to use and doesn't take up valuable storage space or cost a bundle. I encourage you all to check it out!! I can't wait until the fall when her new cd comes out!