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Centered on "living books," this creative approach to history integrates elements of both Charlotte Mason and Classical methods.
Short, very informal introductions are written directly to the student and open up each topic with a distinctly Christian perspective. Suggestions for activities or writing exercises are often included as well. The booklists follow, with selected annotations on what pages or sections to read and appropriate grade levels for each entry. Incredibly flexible in nature, families can proceed at the pace that's best for their students as they select "spines," biographies, in-print books, and out-of-print classics from the extensive lists.
Proceeding chronologically, entries include lists for The First Settlement, Sir Walter Raleigh, King Philip's War, French & Indian War, War of Independence, American Art, George Washington, Patrick Henry, Benjamin Rush, and other relevant unit-study topics.
Grades 5-12; may be adapted for younger siblings. 171 pages, softcover, spiral-bound. Full resource list is included at the back of the book.
Vendor: Truth Quest History
Exploring American History, Second Edition, Grade 5D.H. MontgomeryChristian Liberty Press / 2009 / Trade Paperback$9.95 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 12 Reviews
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All American History, Vol. 1: The Explorers to the Jacksonians, Student Activity BookCeleste W. RakesBright Ideas Press / 2005 / Trade Paperback$12.89 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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American History: Observations and Assessments from Creation to Today, Student Book & Teacher BookJames StobaughMaster Books / 2012 / Trade Paperback$31.49 Retail:3.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews Video
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The Explorers to the Jacksonians, Volume 1: All American HistoryCeleste W. RakesBright Ideas Press / 2005 / Other$61.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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Sarah Rivera4 Stars Out Of 5pretty much a book if lists.August 24, 2012Sarah RiveraQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I am a bit disappointed. This is pretty much a book arranged in topics to go over. Each topic has a few sentences about it then a list of books. I didn't realizethat was what I was ordering. I was thinking it would be like Mystery of History. We are making due with it. Tweeking it by adding in videos and such. The only thing that saved this product for us was purchasing the lapbook download that goes with it. It is a good product if you are looking for a literature based history program. You will need to scramble to find books. It takes some planning. It is not open and go.
LinFLFLAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Must have access to great library...October 12, 2011LinFLFLAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I was very excited to get this book, and after reviewing it I think it is a great resource. However, I was a bit disappointed when I realized this was mostly just a huge "book list". I do see the author's point of view though, and because of all the great reviews, decided to give this a try anyway.
The problem I have run into is not being able to find the vast majority of books suggested for 1st grade. This has been extremely frustrating! I don't live in a small town, but maybe our library is too small?? I have even had a hard time finding some of the books online, and some of the ones that I did find were not inexpensive.
Overall, I think it could work if you can easily find the suggested books. Otherwise, it will be a very frustrating or expensive year.
Tiffany ColeMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Necessary!July 11, 2011Tiffany ColeMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5TruthQuest History: American History For Young Students 1, by Michelle Miller is one of the most ingenious approaches to teaching history. The student is not bombarded with facts and dates, rather this approach makes history come alive where the student will want to eat, sleep, and dream about history. This award winning curriculum is perfect for any parent who wants to home educate but believes that teaching history is a bit of a daunting task.
From the moment the package arrived in the mail, I knew I was holding something very special in my hands. I love the look of this spiral bound blessing and the content did not let me down either! The concept is to have your children read about history in a non-threatening way. When I say non-threatening, I mean they are not reading to memorize facts and dates, but rather to enjoy what was happening. There are questions to be answered and this can be done written or orally depending upon your method of teaching. All in all it is a very relaxed approach to learning history, one which I agree with as I learned more about history from historical novels than I did from dry old textbooks.
As I have sat and combed through the material, there are lists of books that have been recommended for each chapter. Some I have found and are available to us either through the library, online, eBooks, and some we even have on our bookshelves already! The format is very easy to follow and it is very self-paced. I am so excited to try this with the boys this year. They are so excited for the explorers and Daniel Boone and of course the Founders and the Revolutionary War (they are little men, what can I say)!
The best part of this whole concept is the ability to teach how G-d has had His hand on the shaping of History from the very beginning to our present day. I find this so refreshing to be able to see history and teach history through the lens of a Biblical Worldview.
Overall, I will say that I am very impressed with this curriculum! Michelle Miller did an amazing job in creating this concept and taking the time to write it all down. I very highly recommend this work to all who are looking for a better approach to teaching history.
I want to say thank you to the staff at TruthQuest History for generously sending me this product to review! I was not required to write a positive review, but with what I have found I cannot help but say I have no negative thoughts towards this product whatsoever!
OcademyPNWAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5if you want/need Activities...July 1, 2011OcademyPNWAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Truthquest offers companion notebooking, acticity, and timeline pdf downloads. We have also chosen to add the "time travelers" unit series for science/arts/addons . For American history 1, we will use Explorers, colonial, and revolutionary. I am very excited about Truthquest and look forward to reading with the children (1st and 3rd grades) and also doing some virtual field trips and historical movies.
Kelly5 Stars Out Of 5February 15, 2010KellyThis is our first year with TruthQuest, and we're using AHYSI with my 1st and 2nd grade boys. We have enjoyed the book selections as well as the author's guiding commentary. I have had no problem finding books through our local library or inter-library loan. Note: this curriculum does not offer lesson plans but rather is a list of recommended books by topic/person in chronological order. You are in the driver's seat... choose the topics/persons you will cover in depth, skim over or even skip all together. TruthQuest does not offer a lot of "crafty" go-alongs. However, for this time period there are an abundant number of ready made kits, websites and even books with colonial hands-on activities. The author suggests books, where available, for hands-on activities.If you are looking for a chronological American history curriculum featuring outstanding living book suggestions and a gentle, guiding Christian commentary, I recommend TruthQuest AHYSI.
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