We were blessed with another great product from the TOS Crew. We received TrustQuest History - Middle Ages (500-1400), written by Michelle Miller to review.
TruthQuest History is a literature based history guide. This guide was a little different then I was used to. I am used to having my lessons planned out, with do this today and that tomorrow. TruthQuest History is not written in this format, but in a manner that gives complete flexability to the homeschool mama.
After first glancing at the Middle Ages manual that we received, I wasn't quite sure I was going to like it, because it wasn't all planned out for me. To my pleasant surprise, it ened up being one of the very things that I liked best about TruthQuest History. With out having a plan layed out before me, I had the freedom to do my own thing. I ended up really liking this. I didn't feel obligated to things we weren't interested in.
Another goody about the TruthQuest History guides are the wonderful booklist lists. What Homeschool Mom doesn't like book lists, right? All I could say is W.O.W!!! The booklists are great! With the book lists in place, all the hard work has already been done for me. FYI: I did not in any way feel like, "Oh, no! I have to read all of these books." It was more like "Oh, boy! Look at all these great books I get to CHOOSE from!" I liked taht this is a pick and choose curriculum.
I appreciated the introduction that the author gives for each new topic and that it is in a conversational tone. The authors style of writing is very engaging and not at all boring. It was nice to have a launching pad to send us off from. It gave us a clue about what we are going to be studying and possibly how in depth we wanted to dig on a particular subject.
The TruthQuest History Guides, in my opinion, are geared towards students in grades K-12. The books listed each have the reader's suggested age listed. I thought there was a pretty good mix of books at each grade level. I am, however, not quite sure that I would purchase this history guide for a child in 2 grade or under but would definilty include them if there was an older sibling. If I only had younger chidlren I would consider the American History Guides for Younger Students.
While there are writing exercises and a few activities included in this guide, I really wish there had been more hands on project suggestions.
If you are looking for a history guide that is God centered and gives you the freedom to run your own show then TruthQuest would be a very good fit for you. If you are used to having everything laid out for you day by day, this might take a little getting used to but I don't think it would disapoint you. It didn't me.
There are several TruthQuest History Guides available for purchase, ranging in price from $18.00 - $34.95 (available in PDF or Spiral Bound Book):
- American History for Younger Students I
- American History for Younger Students II
- American History for Younger Students III
- Ancient Greece
- Ancient Rome
- Middle Ages
- Renesance, Reformation, Exploration
- Age of Revolution I
- Age of Revolution II
- Age of Revolution III
I am sure I am not the only Crew Member that loved TruthQuest History! Check out what other members are saying here.
Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.