Wednesday, April 11, 2012

TruthQuest History Review

PhotobucketTruthQuest History is a deep and rich literature-based history study…but with a difference. You will not learn the story of mankind; you will learn the love story of mankind. You will not focus on the rise and fall of human civilizations; you will focus on the arrow-straight line of God's unchanging existence, power, love, truth, and plan for civilization. You will not simply 'meet the culture' or 'get the facts;' you will probe the truths of history so deeply that your students will be equipped to change their world!  Why? Because mankind is not the prime force in the universe ...God is.

PhotobucketTruthQuest History is made up of 11 guides, encompassing two levels.  Level I includes three volumes of American History for Young Students, written for grades 1-5.  In these three guides the commentary is gentler, the issues lighter, the lessons more positive.

Volume I covers Exploration-1800, Volume II covers 1800-1865, and Volume III, which I received, covers 1865-2000.

The main TruthQuest History series (Level II) includes eight guides which begin with Creation/Ancient History and fully cover European and American history to just after the year 2000, are designed for Grades 5-12.  These guides will take you deeper and the depth of commentary and topics increasingly advances as the series progresses.

You can read more about all 11 guides here, and also find answers to placement questions and long range planning ideas.

So how do you use TruthQuest History?  Unlike some guides you will find, TruthQuest History does not tell you what to do each day.  You just work your way through the guides at your own pace, scheduling as you like, using what you want and omitting what you don't.  It's also designed to have all children in a family learning together as much as possible. 

TruthQuest History guides have four parts
*  Commentary that introduces every topic
*  Individual reading lists organized by grade level for each topic
*  ThinkWrite exercises to help students explain key truths
*  An appendix that has sample answers to the ThinkWrite exercises, a list of cited resources, and a very large list of books.

So how did we use TruthQuest History? 

First I read the commentary aloud to Funny Bunny. We skipped to the second topic in the guide {just because we can start where ever we like} and read about Westward Expansion.  Following the topic was a very large list of resources (5 1/2 pages of books and activities to be exact).  But the great thing about this curriculum is that we can pick and choose what we like.  So Funny Bunny and I looked through the list and picked out a few things to read.  Some we had on hand and some we had to go to the library to check out.  And even though we could never possibly get to every book in the list, I love having a large list at my fingertips of great books...who wouldn't?!!

My Thoughts:  We received American History for Young Students Volume III, which covers the time period of 1865-2000.  I really like the way that the guide is set up and enjoyed the relaxed nature of it.  I also liked very much the focus on God and spiritual truths throughout the guide.  My only worry in using this curriculum is getting behind or off track.  I like a schedule.  I like to have my books scheduled out for me.  I like to be told to read pages 5-10 of a particular book.  So in the long run, I'm not sure how this would work for us.  I do think it is an absolutely wonderful guide, and great for families with many children.

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at TruthQuest History.  American History for Young Students Volume III is $29.95.  Printed guides sell for between $24.95 and $34.95.  All books are also available as PDF for slightly less.  Companion Resources for each volume can also be purchased.  You can see all products, along with samples of each, here.

My Crewmates are also reviewing TruthQuest History, so you can check out what they think HERE.


Disclaimer:  This product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor.  I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own. 


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