In a nutshell, TruthQuest History offers literature-based history
curriculum that follows the big ideas that God initiates, people
respond, and history happens. The result is a rich and rewarding
environment for you and your children to enjoy learning about history
and applying it to your lives now. The conversational-styled preface
eases the homeschool parent's fears about and sparks an enthusiasm
for a different kind of history curriculum. It reassures the parent
that not all activities must be finished and not all recommended
books must be written. They are merely suggestions, and the Lord
must direct each homeschool classroom. It also addresses the common
issue of teaching different grade levels simultaneously and highlights
the flexibility and adaptability of the curriculum.
Each chapter begins with a brief introduction of the era, the
recommended reading list (with a handy grade-level appropriateness
notation next to each book), and a number of complementary activities,
projects, games, etc. As the chapter progresses, each section offers
additional enrichment resources and a neat wrap-up at the end before
heading into the next section.
Age of Revolution III is the final book in the World
History series for grades 5-12. It starts with Queen Victoria,
ends with a discussion on postmodernism, and is flavored with varied
and interesting topics and people--from Darwin to Mussolini, the
Wild West to the Cold War, technology to "progress," art and literature
to the Great Depression, and Freud to Rosa Parks.
In all other TruthQuest History volumes, "ThinkWrite!" tasks are
assigned periodically throughout the book. These give the student
an opportunity to sum up and apply what he or she has learned thus
far. In Age of Revolution III, there is only one "super-duper-ultra-mega-ThinkWrite!" assignment
to be completed as the answers become clear. It challenges the
student to track "The Truth! vs. The Modern Lie!" on real-life
topics such as God, the Value of Human Life, Education, and more.
It is an impressive example of what the student will retain once
the class is over.
Pros: No longer is history a flat, non-relevant subject.
The variety of recommended resources and activities will make history
come alive, and the ThinkQuest challenges will encourage students
to realize how and why history matters to them now.
Cons: For people who need a definite structure and day-by-day
plan or for those who prefer traditional textbooks, the TruthQuest
approach may seem overwhelming. For those who prefer a pre-packaged
curriculum with answer keys, this may not be the best fit.
However, for those who want to roll up their sleeves and dive
into the fascinating world of history with their kids and revel
in the lessons to be learned from our past, this is a great option.
I can't wait to get started with my four kids!