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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Product Review: Truth Quest History


TruthQuest History is a literature-based history curriculum that looks first at what God says and does, then examines how humans respond and react. Through their curriculum, students will learn not only the achievements of mankind, but also the truth of God's word. Students will then have colorful, continuous, and convincing proof of the reality of God and the superiority of His truths.

Broken down into manageable historical chunks, the books span a time frame of Creation to American History. The text is extremely simple to use and follows a pattern probably already existing in your home: read and talk, read and talk. Each guide is made up of four components:
1) vivid commentary introduces each and every topic;
2) individual reading lists organized by grade level flesh out each and every topic;
3) ThinkWrite™ exercises are strategically placed throughout the guide to help further learning;
4) an appendix at the rear of the guide offers sample answers to the ThinkWrite™ exercises, while another appendix offers a cumulative list of all resources cited in the guide.

One bonus of the TruthQuest History series is that it never demands or assumes that you will read one particular book. The reading recommendations offer suggestions for several types of books that will work with the curriculum. Even films are cited when appropriate and helpful.

Overall, I thought the book we reviewed, TruthQuest Ancient Rome, was helpful for introducing Christian students to the fact that how various people answer the big questions shape history. This shows how the study of history is relevant to our own lives, and prepares them to examine our own culture. I would be mindful that the language is not the most gratifying; slang and a casual content approach is used throughout. This can inhibit students from transitioning into the more challenging prose of the historical text they will be studying.

WHAT DID MY PRODUCT TESTER THINK?

What I liked about the book is it told you what the Romans believed about human life. I thought the language was weird.

TruthQuest History Rome is available as a hardcopy for $24.95 or a pdf version for $19.95. There are many other titles available including (but not limited to): Ancient Greece, Middle Ages, and American History. There are also companion books for all the titles that include things like maps and lapbook ideas. More information and purchasing options can be found on their website.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Group, I received a free pdf of a TruthQuest History Curriculum in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation. 

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