Tuesday, April 10, 2012

TruthQuest History - TOS Review

We are big Charlotte Mason fans here and we are just discovering the joys of learning through literature and unit studies!  Reading aloud has brought our family closer together and my girls both love cramming into our "comfy cozy spot" to enjoy reading.  One great way to learn history and read stories with your kiddos is by using TruthQuest History!  
About TruthQuest HistoryTruthQuest 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 lovestory 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!

TruthQuest History for Young Students Vol. 1  (recommended for grades 1 through 5) covers exploration through 1800 and is SO simple and flexible to use.  You read aloud together the commentary for each section, then enjoy reading from the recommended book list.  Read what you want, for as long as you want, then move on to the next topic -- whenever you want.   Audio options are also provided for most sections as well as recommended movies.  While there are a handful of books that would be considered "spine" resources that would be beneficial to own, the majority of the books could be found at your local library.   This product, while recommended for grades 1-5 could easily be used with older kids as well!  Even I really enjoy pictures books and I am WAY past the 5th grade!

My thoughts about TruthQuest:  When I first viewed TruthQuest history I felt immediately overwhelmed by the sheer amount of verbage on each page.  Don't be fooled.  It is actually simple to use.  It is a LOT of reading, which is great for a family like ours where we LOVE reading.  There is not a lot of writing or worksheet activities but TruthQuest does offer supplemental materials on their website.  Check some of them out HERE.  Also, I live relatively rural and our library didn't have many of the materials which was a bit frustrating.  Anyone who lives in a decent size town probably won't have this issue.

TruthQuest History for Young Students Vol. 1 is offered as either a PDF or Print book.
PDF retails for $19.95.
Print retails for $24.95
Purchase your copy HERE.

Want to learn more?
View sample Table of Contents HERE.
View a sample lesson HERE.

To find out what my fellow crewmates thought of TruthQuest history, click HERE.
 Disclaimer:  I received TruthQuest History free in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed herein are my own.

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