Young Readers Classical Curriculum

The Young Readers Classical Curriculum was created especially for families with elementary aged students. We took the shortest, easiest selections from each of our other libraries and put them all on one CD so that novice readers will have access to all of our easiest-to-read books.

Now, instead of ordering a Curriculum CD, families have the option of enrolling in an Academy course. All the same resources provided by the Young Readers Curriculum CD are available to download, along with study review questions and tools for tracking reading progress.

Young Readers Classical Curriculum

The Young Readers collection is the introductory unit of the Heritage Classical Curriculum. It includes easy-to-read, introductory selections from many historical periods and provides a broad introduction to Western Culture suitable for grammar school age students. Specially featured are short stories from American, European, Ancient, and Biblical history.

Curriculum CD
CDs are a good option for families that want to keep children entirely off the internet. The complete illustrated texts of 86 books, including both printable PDF and e-book formats are provided. The CD also includes beginner-level timelines, character lists, reading recommendations, and a Teacher's Guide. All resources on the Young Reader CD are available in printable format.


Academy Course
The Young Readers Academy course allows families to download most of the resources available on the Curriculum CD, including 86 books and dozens of pages of study aids. Online tools for tracking reading progress and beginner-level study questions are also offered. Academy Courses are especially helpful to out-of-USA customers, and to families accustomed to online learning.


Introduction to Western Civilization

The Young Readers Classical Curriculum represents a broad and age-appropriate introduction to all of Western Civilization. Primary subjects include American, European, Ancient and Biblical history. The selected books touch on many important events in Western history, in a child-friendly, easy-to-understand manner.

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Young Readers Classical Curriculum

Instead of trying to cover history in sequence, students are introduced to an assortment of characters, and can focus on those incidents of greatest interest. By the time your student outgrows the Young Readers collection, they will already be introduced to all the major periods of Western Civilization.

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 is one of our largest collections, with over eighty books to choose from. Many of the books in this collection are simple enough for a fluent reader to complete in only a few hours, so avid readers may be able to read dozens of books from the collection before moving on to more challenging curriculums. Reading a few dozen of these books will expose students to hundreds of famous historical characters and will be an excellent foundation for future learning.

Most students who are just learning to read fluently are not ready for comprehensive history, and prefer short, engaging history stories about fascinating characters. The books in Heritage History's Young Readers library are a perfect fit for such students: they were written to pique a child's interest rather than provide a general overview.

In addition to short histories, the Young Readers collection includes legends, adapted literature, historical fiction, and short biographies. Such books provide an excellent transition from children's fiction to serious historical works. Reading even a fraction of the books in this collection will expose students to hundreds of famous historical characters and will provide an excellent foundation for future learning.