I 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.
I 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.
TruthQuest 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!
The 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.
This 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.