TruthQuest History {TOS review}

I have been looking at Michelle Miller’s history curriculum for a while even before having the opportunity to review it for the crew. As you may remember, history has been a difficult subject for me to fill with curriculum. I have not been able to find anything that has been the perfect fit where I can use it exclusively.

TruthQuest History is a literature-based history curriculum. Its desire is to show God’s works and triumphs throughout history rather than focusing on uplifting the accomplishments of man. A quote from her website:

“…mankind is not the prime force in the universe…God is. He initiates; we respond. History, therefore, is not first about what people do. It is first about what God does and says, and secondly about what people believe and do in response.”

If that turns you off, then don’t let it. Actually, that is one of the reasons I was attracted to the curriculum; because it is Christ-centered. You are not preached to as you read through the sections, but instead encouraged to think about how God works in all things.

I wanted to study American History this year with my children, but had to put that study off for another year because I had not found the right curriculum. I have some knowledge about how our country came together, but not enough to start from the beginning and not miss a few important points along the way.

We reviewed the American History for Young Students I, which covers the time period of exploration through the 1800’s. The book is the first one of three books in TruthQuest’s level one series that covers American History from exploration through 2000. Level one has been written to include first through fifth graders in study, but refers to resources that can be used by students through the twelfth grade.

TruthQuest History uses living books to walk the student through history. The book list she offers is copyrighted just to give you an idea of how extensive it is. There are a lot of books listed to choose from as you walk through the first period of American History. The curriculum works more as a guide presenting many book options to read through while covering a particular event in history.

The TruthQuest curriculum is a progressive one that is created to start in the elementary grades and continue through highschool. Since many people may not discover TruthQuest until their children are older, there are several reading plans {see plans}to begin at different grade levels so that all of the material, or at least the most important events can be covered..

There is commentary that you read to your child at the beginning of each section and further discuss. After that, you read the books that are listed for the area of study in history you want to cover. Occasionally, there are film, audio, and activity suggestions in sections like when learning about Native Americans or about pirates.

Ms. Miller does suggest a few spine books like the From Sea to Shining Sea series, Light and the Glory for Children, and some others, but they are not necessary for you to have to go through the study.

Since we are still going through our state study, I chose a few books from the list to read out loud and some others for my older two to read independently. Each book has a suggested reading grade which was helpful in determining which books to offer them. The only thing is that although she suggests the books to read, there is no way to know about the slant of the content of every suggested book because there are so many. Despite that, I have found that doing a little online research for reviews on books has been a good way to determine which books to add to our personal reading lists.

There are definitely more books to choose from than we will ever need to read on the subjects presented in the study, but I like having the variety of books to choose from. Many of the titles are ones I have never heard of and also having the large amount of choices gives me, like a lottery, more of a chance to find a few in our libraries.

I will say that this curriculum is not exactly what I thought it would be meaning, I was really hoping I could use it independently. I love having additional hands-on activities (art projects, etc.) to do while studying through history. TruthQuest does have supplemental resources that include notebooking pages {see sample pages}, lapbooking, and timeline activities which are a nice additions for helping record and reinforce what your child is covering in his lessons.

I do think the beauty of TruthQuest History is giving you and your child an opportunity to learn about history while reading through it using quality books and the discussions you will have together. This worked well for our family because we have access to many of the books from the two libraries we use for school. Having the list of books enabled me to enhance the states history study we are already doing.

What I intend to do next school year is walk through this curriculum again covering American History and we will use some of the other books that we were not able to read to cover that study.
See if TruthQuest History is right for your family.

TruthQuest HistoryAmerican History for Young Students I can be purchased for $24.95 as a physical copy or for $19.95 as a digital download.

You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.

Disclaimer: The product featured in this review was provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the manufacturer or representing PR agency as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The opinions expressed are my own.
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