It is not as important to us that our kids be able to recite dates and names as it is for them to understand why things happen, and what life was like in any given time period.
TruthQuest History does this. It teaches the child to enjoy history, not just memorize it for the sake of a test.
We were given the opportunity to review TruthQuest History's Guide to "American History forYoung Students III (1865-2000). TruthQuest offers 3 different American History guides for grades 1-6. They also offer 8 World History Guides that will take a student all the way through high school.
TruthQuest is a guide to how to teach your kids history. It's not just a list of books or a list of assignments to teach dates and people. The Guide we reviewed (America History III) starts with Reconstruction and Westward expansion. It is divided into 36 different units. Each unit begins with a synopsis of that portion of history. The synopsis is written in a very conversational tone. It is easy to read and follow. After the summary there are a list of books that are appropriate for that topic. There are many, many books listed for most of the topics. Another great aspect is that for each book listed there is a grade level listed as well. This makes it very easy to teach multiple ages at the same time.
I love the topic summaries that are given. They give a definite Christian perspective to American History. Paul has really enjoyed the summaries and learned a great deal. I, however, need more guidance in what to do each day. I want something laid out with a daily schedule as to what pages he should read from what books each day. In my opinion Truth Quest is a great supplement to an entire curriculum. It has added to our current curriculum, and given us more to discuss. For those parents out there who want to piece the curriculum together themselves then TruthQuest is perfect for that. There are so many phenomenal books listed and we love the undeniably Christian perspective of the author. Paul did get a little bit upset with the many instances of "you'll learn more about this when you are older" that is in many of the summaries. He is not the type of kid that wants to hear that. He wants to know it NOW. It has lead to many great conversations and research initiated by him.
The guides are available for only $29.95 (plus shipping and handling) for a hard copy and only $24.95 for the pdf ebook. You can take a look at samples and Table of Contents to see if this is the curriculum for your child.
The Homeschool Crew was given the opportunity to review many of the different guides and you can see all the reviews on the Homeschool Crew Blog.
Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this product in exchange for an honest review. There was no other compensation given for this review and all opinions given are my own honest opinion.
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