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Introducing the Young Readers
Classical Curriculum

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Welcome to the Heritage Classical Curriculum, Young Readers edition. If you have never used a Heritage History Compact Library before, this page will introduce you to the educational resources that are part of the Curriculum and show how they can be used for independent study.

A Portable Curriculum

The page you are looking at appears to be a website, but it is not. It uses the same software that you are accustomed to using when you browse the internet, but instead of going over the network to access data files, it is reading them directly from the Compact Disc on your computer. Each Heritage Library contains a great deal of information and the browser software allows us to organize it in a way that is familiar to most people.

All of the books and other resources that you link to in this environment are available for you to view, print, or download to another device. You don't need to pay any additional fees to copy these books to an e-Reader or Tablet and you don't need to access the internet to view them on your own computer. Best of all, you don't need to worry about copyright violations if you choose to print or copy anything from the Ancient Rome Library for your personal use.

For those who prefer hardcopies, most of the information presented on this Compact Library is available in reproducible form. The Young Readers Teacher's Guide can be printed and reviewed off line. Likewise, all of the books included in the Young Readers library contain printable versions and most are less than 50 printed pages.

It is not necessary to print any of the books since each is available in e-Reader format as well as printable PDF. For those users who are not up-to-date regarding the most recent advances in e-Book technology, the Heritage Curriculum includes an Electronic Texts User Guide which provides instructions for downloading books from your Compact Library to several popular e-Readers. It also includes information about self-publishing, electronic readers, and copyright issues.

An Introductory Curriculum

The Young Readers collection is the introductory unit of the Heritage Classical Curriculum. It is intended for grammar school students who are already reading fluently but are not yet ready to benefit from a systematic study of Western Civilization. The Young Readers collection includes easy-to-read introductory selections from most of the other libraries in the Heritage History collection. None of the books are comprehensive histories—that is, they are not intended to give a complete overview of a civilization. Instead, most focus on only a few historical stories or vignettes that are of most interest to young readers.

The Young Readers Compact Library represents a broad and age-appropriate introduction to all of Western civilization. Primary subjects include American, European, and Ancient history, Bible and saint stories, legends and literature. The collection of books touches upon all of the major elements of Western Civilization, but in a child-friendly, easy-to-understand manner. All of the books in the Young Readers library can be read by an older grammar school student, but they are also appropriate for read-aloud to younger children. And although the stories are told in simple enough terms for a nine or ten-year-old to understand, they are engaging enough to be of interest to older students as well.

The Young Readers library contains more books than most students are likely to read during their grammar school years. But the wide range of books available guarantees that every child will find something that interests them. If the reading recommendations for young readers are followed, students will certainly be exposed to many of the most famous characters from American, European, and Ancient history. This will not be the last word they hear on any of these fascinating subjects, but it should provide a strong foundation for further study.

The Library

The centerpiece of the Young Readers Classical Curriculum is its collection of over eighty classical history-related books written specifically for young people. All of the books in the Young Readers library are simple enough for a fourth grader to read on their own, and most are relatively short. Each is presented in several different file types, so students can read them on their home computer, make printed copies, or download them to their e-Reader.

Although many of the books in the Young Readers library do a good job of introducing famous characters and events of world history, very few can be considered "comprehensive" histories. On the Recommendations page, we advise instructors to make sure students read books from a few specific categories in order to make sure their reading selections cover the basics of the major historical divisions of Western Civilization. But even those books we advocate for breadth are historical anecdotes rather than systematic histories. Other genres included in the collection are short biographies, Bible stories, legends, simplified literature, and historical fiction.

In addition to providing book lists organized by genre and subject, the Young Readers Library contains two additional reference pages intended to help students and instructors identify books of particular interest. The Book Summaries page includes a short description of each book in the library. The Series Descriptions page, which features descriptions of overall series rather than individual books, may be helpful to those readers who enjoy a particular book and would like to locate similar volumes. These reference pages are intended to help students and their instructors decide which books are of most interest. We recommend that parents or instructors of younger students familiarize themselves with the whole collection so that they can help their charges use the library effectively.

Study Aids

Each Heritage Classical Curriculum includes a Study Aids section which is intended to provide learning resources which complement the material covered in the associated library. Since all the curriculums other than Young Readers focus on one civilization in particular, the associated study aids typically include maps, timelines, and battle summaries that pertain to that civilization.

The Study Aids section of the Young Readers Compact Library is organized somewhat differently. Because the Young Readers library includes simplified stories from much of world history, detailed learning resources are not appropriate. The timeline and character lists associated with the collection are therefore very general. On the other hand, many of the books in the Young Readers collection are beautifully illustrated, so the images directory contains an extraordinary number of vivid color illustrations, including historical, biblical, and legendary subjects.

Another difference between the Study Aids intended for Young Readers and those of other curriculums is that a Teacher's Guide, intended for instructors of Young Children is included. Since most grammar school students are too young to work independently it is assumed that their studies will be guided by a parent or teacher. The Teacher's Guide provides information, advice, and insights for instructors rather than for students themselves.

All of the information in the Study Aids section of the Young Readers Compact Library can be found in printable form in the Young Readers Teacher's Guide. We recommend that portions of this document be printed and put in a notebook so that students can refer to timelines and character lists to get an idea of the chronology of western history. They can also use the notebook to keep track of their reading progress, and add other material of interest.

The Curriculum Guide

he Heritage Classical Curriculum differs from many other programs not only in the selection of books it uses, but also in its methods. These differences are set forth in the Introduction of the Curriculum User Guide, along with a discussion of the "living books" approach to history, and other aspects of the Heritage History learning philosophy.

Most of the rest of the User Guide covers practical rather than philosophical issues. It provides advice for keeping students on track learning the essentials while maintaining enough flexibility to allow them to pursue their own interests. Other topics include a description of available Heritage Curriculums and Libraries, a discussion of our recommended sequence of instruction, guidelines for scheduling reading assignments, and suggestions for oral and written review.

A printable copy of the Heritage Curriculum User Guide is available, and we recommend that anyone who has not used the Heritage Classical Curriculum read the entire guide before beginning the program. If you still have questions after reading the Curriculum User Guide, refer to the Curriculum Frequently Asked Questions.

Electronic Texts

In order to make our entire library of traditional history books available at an affordable price, Heritage History provides low-cost versions of all of our books in both e-Reader and printable formats. Unfortunately, not all Heritage Curriculum users are up-to-date regarding the most recent advances in electronic books technology. In order to help our users make informed decisions about usage and purchases of electronic readers and desktop publishing tools, we have provided an Electronic Text User Guide. It is divided into three main sections that deal with issues related to electronic readers, self-publishing, and copyright restrictions.

The Heritage guide to Electronic Readers discusses the differences between various e-Reader technologies and gives detailed instructions for downloading Heritage e-Books from a Compact Library to an e-Reader device such as Kindle or Apple iPad. For those who prefer reading hard-copies rather than e-Books, the Heritage guide to Self-publishing provides tips for printing and binding the books from the Heritage library at home in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Finally, the terms and conditions of using the electronic texts are discussed in the Copyright Terms section.

A printable copy of the Heritage Electronic Texts User Guide is available, and we strongly recommend that anyone who is not already familiar with e-Reader technology, laser printers, and binding equipment read the guide before deciding how to use the Heritage e-Book library. Even technologically advanced readers should familiarize themselves with the copyright status of the Heritage books before beginning the program. If you still have questions after reading the Electronic Text User Guide, refer to the Electronic Texts Frequently Asked Questions.

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