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So that you can get a flavor of our course format, we offer a sample of our course, “Animals of Long Ago” for download below. This course is designed for children between 8 and 10 years old, or about grades 3-5. The full course is 37 pages long. The sample course contains just a few pages from the full course.


If you don't have the Adobe Acrobat reader already installed on your computer, you can get it for free at Adobe's website by clicking here.

For those who are new to our course format, the following question and answer from our Frequently Asked Questions list should give you a better idea:

What do I get when I order a course?

A Heron Books course generally consists of a course study guide, a study booklet (text), and an after-course examination. These materials were designed for students studying independently in a classroom setting, but have also been used very successfully by homeschoolers and individuals around the world.

The course study guide lists specific steps for the student to do. Usually the student will have text to read, demonstrations to do, concepts to model, and practical actions that encourage interaction with the subject to result in better understanding. The parent or instructor acts as a teacher helping the student as needed.

The examination is administered to the student by the parent or instructor after the student completes the study guide. The examination answers are provided with the exam.