Wow. When the review copy of TruthQuest History Middle Ages guide landed in my email, that was my first reaction, and still, I’m in awe. I think we’ve been blessed with *our* history… and I wish I’d found it several years ago.
Actually, I should say, I wish I’d really SEEN it for what it was. I’d heard of it. I’d hazzard a guess that many of us have. But I’d never really looked inside the covers and lived with it… and that’s what it took to fall in love.
The TruthQuest History guides aren’t pages and pages of dry, boring history, followed by multiple choice quizzes and fill-in-the-blanks. Instead, each section is a living, breathing, vibrant introduction to an era of history… followed by an easy-to-use booklist, with even chapters and pages cited.
The booklists are not there because you MUST use them all – or because you may ONLY use titles from that list – but to give you a tool to use. Pick and choose what you prefer for your family – seek additional titles if you desire – and use TruthQuest History as your homebase for real-life learning about history.
TruthQuest History is excellent for families spanning muliple grade levels. Younger children would need to have material read to them, making this a hands-on program for lower grades. For students from older elementary through high school, Truthquest History can easily be used as a mostly-independent program. “ThinkWrite” questions are included in each section, and could either be done as written work, or be discussed conversationally if desired.
This is perfect for us at the moment – at least in the manner I’m using it. Low time commitment for me; I get the books in the house, make sure the kids know what they’re to be working on – which means leaving them a task list, and check in to make sure they’re making progress and answer questions. They let me know if they have any questions, if they’re run out of things on their to-do list, or if someone’s hogging a book. Everybody wins, and we’re actually doing history on a reliable schedule for once, instead of mish-mash, whenever someone’s interested in something. Definitely sounds like a win-win situation to me! (Note: my ultra-flexible method isn’t going to work for everyone. My youngest is 9, almost 10, and all the kids will actually follow a list of instructions I’ve left. Your mileage may vary.)
TruthQuest History was created for classical-style homeschooling, but may appeal to any homeschoolers seeking to teach history through living books rather than textbook and drill and memorization methods.
TruthQuest History does have a Christian focus – though so far, in the Middle Ages book at least, there is very little emphasis compared to what I was expecting based on the information on the website. Samples are available of all Truthquest products.
With eleven products spanning the breadth of history, even figuring out where to start might be overwhelming. The people at TruthQuest History understand that, and they’ve provided an extensive reference to help you choose where to begin TruthQuest History.
TruthQuest History products are available in both print and pdf format. Print prices range from $24.95-$34.95, and pdf from $19.95-$29.95. Supplemental lapbooks are also available for many of the guides.
To see what other crew members had to say, check out the TOS Homeschool Crew blog post, Truthquest History.
**Disclaimer – I received this product for free as a member of the 2011-12 The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew so that I could provide you with an honest review of it by our family.**