Tuesday, April 10, 2012

TOS Crew: TruthQuest History

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
  • Beginnings
  • 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.



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