Are you looking for a literature-based, Christ-focused history program? Then you might consider checking out TruthQuest History. TruthQuest History is a program that guides you through the ages using living books with a focus on how Christ has worked throughout world history.
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TruthQuest sent me American History for Young Students I & III to review. The 3-part American History series is meant for students in 1st-5th grades. TruthQuest also has an 8-part series that covers the beginning of time through modern American and European history for use with students in 5th-12th grades.
Each of the chronological history guides is divided into major historical events. For each event there is a brief commentary and an extensive book list. There is no need to get overwhelmed by this book list though: the list merely gives you options to choose from. I don’t think any family could go through one of these guides in a year and read all the books…unless of course they weren’t doing anything other than history.
Looking though the book lists, there are several books I’m familiar with, and I know they’re high quality books.
(There are a number of books in her recommended resources I’m going to have Bradley read—despite the fact that we aren’t focusing on American history this year—because we are getting ready to visit Williamsburg during Thanksgiving.)
You will love this program if….
- You want a literature-based history program focused on living books (i.e. not textbooks)
- A Christ-centered history curriculum is important to you
- You have an extensive home library with recommended resources to draw from, or you don’t mind planning ahead to borrow resources from the library
- You want a history program you can dialog about as a family and use to teach worldview
- You are looking for an affordable history curriculum that you can use with several students at one time
- Flexibility and adaptability is an attribute you value in your curriculum choices
This program might not be for you if….
- You require lesson plans to feel organized – This is a free flowing curriculum. Some parents might choose to skip certain peripheral topics and/or spend more time on topics that the student finds particularly interesting or topics the parent feels are important.
- You or your child enjoy workbooks and/or lots of activities – This isn’t to say that you couldn’t use this curriculum, but you would need to supplement it with something else. TruthQuest does have some companion resources that may fit the bill, but I have not had the opportunity to see what these look like.
- If you and/or your child don’t like to read – This would be a problem since its a literature-based program.
TruthQuest History has some really cool things to offer. I’ve really enjoyed reading through some of the commentary. It’s written in a casual, yet engaging style. I’m looking forward to digging into some of the recommended books too!
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