Seek a Philosophy Adventure ~ Home School Adventure Co #Review
I have to admit – I love the *idea* of including philosophy, logic, and critical thinking curricula in our homeschool. However, it just doesn’t happen, due to time and budget constraints, plus the whole it’s-not-required-so-it-slips-my-mind. On top of that, it’s out of my comfort zone. And if it’s out of my comfort zone, it really needs to be 1) easy to start, 2) easy to understand, 3) easy to use, and 4) easy to continue, aka, low hassle.
That said, I really appreciate it when a review drags me (us?) out of our “typical” and forces us to try something new that we never would have committed to putting the time or the money into otherwise. In this case, it’s a product called Philosophy Adventure by the Home School Adventure Co.
Thankfully, Philosophy Adventure was surprisingly easy to use. I was anticipating a great deal of confusion on my part – plus being expected to “present” the material – and it doesn’t work at all like that. It was crafted to be just as easy for a student to use independently as it is for group learning, and that meant that – after a HUGE sigh of relief on my part – I realized I was back, just a little bit, inside my comfort zone after all.
What does Philosophy Adventure include?
We received digital files, though each item is also available as a print/physical CD product. There are three components, all in PDF. The first is the “reader”; this is your text. And it’s *interesting*! There’s no dryness here whatsoever. (Another unrealized concern of mine, having been totally uncertain of what to expect…) It runs about 160 pages, with eight lessons. Each lesson is broken up by headings, sidebars, graphics, inserts – this is made to be user-friendly and NON-intimidating – perfect for someone(s) like us!
The second, the student workbook, also PDF. It’s printable, of course, with what may or may not be ample space to write, depending on your student and their relative proclivity for wordiness. Or, if you prefer – take advantage of the ultra-useful fill-in-the-blanks feature. (One of mine absolutely prefers this; another absolutely hates it. I recommend giving them the choice and saving the inevitable argument for something important.)
The third ebook is full of teacher resources, like memory cards, timeline tools, map answer keys, quizzes and their answer keys. This is the book you hide from the kids, but not yourself… you’ll need it!
Since this was a subject new to us, and we like to read aloud and work together, that’s exactly what we did. While the kids had access afterwards to the reader for any questions they had, it was much more do-able for us, especially since they’re middle school students and I wanted to make sure they understood the general way things worked. After we’d read through the reader together, we sometimes lightly discussed the topics that they would cover in the student workbook, but wouldn’t thoroughly answer them, instead saving a full discussion for after they’d already done their own writing.
While Philosophy Adventure is written for ages 9 and up, and works best with parent involvement through the middle school years, but it’s also perfectly crafted for independent study by high school students. Unlike some materials that attempt to broach this span, with Philosophy Adventure, neither use will end up feeling as though it’s been made for someone else. (In fact, you might find that you’re wanting to do the workbook along with the kiddos… I did! I won’t tell if you don’t!)
What have the kids have thought about Philosophy Adventure?
Honestly, they thought it was weird, at first. Then, because they like to think, argue, and come up with their own understandings of the way things work, they’ve really come to like it. We’re going to continue with this, but not, by any means, at the pace we’ve moved for the review. We want a bit more time to reflect in-between lessons, and I want them to have time to take their time considering and answering the questions, not rushing their way through them so that they can get on to the next one. In my opinion, this is a process. that should be savored, not gobbled.
Tell me how I can get Philosophy Adventure?
There are quite a few different purchasing choices, depending on whether you’d prefer physical or digital products; here’s a handy chart for sorting out the options.
What else is available from the Home School Adventure Co.?
Three other products were also tried out by Schoolhouse Review Crew members; view their review through the link at the end of this post:
- Mere Christianity Journal – Designed for ages 9 and up as a companion to C.S. Lewis’ classic work for use independently or group study, this journal leads students in cultivating a biblical worldview while strengthening critical thinking.
- Phillipians in 28 Weeks – This title is a guide to memorizing – and understanding – the book of Phillipians in 28 weeks, and includes memory cards, copywork verses, journal questions, weekly reflections, recitation charts, and an optional tracking tool.
- The Wise Woman With Literary Analysis Journal Questions – A companion study to George MacDonald’s the Wise Woman, this study isn’t just for the women in the family, instead, it’s recommended as a family read-aloud, and the parent is warned, “More than one mom has stayed up late to read after her children have gone to bed.” (For me, that’s all the recommendation I need – it is going on my TBR list.)