Wednesday, April 4, 2012

TruthQuest History (TOS Review)

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What is TruthQuest History? According to the website….

TruthQuest History is a deep and rich literature-based history study…but with a difference. You will not learn the story of mankind; you will learn the lovestory of mankind. You will not focus on the rise and fall of human civilizations; you will focus on the arrow-straight line of God's unchanging existence, power, love, truth, and plan for civilization. You will not simply 'meet the culture' or 'get the facts;' you will probe the truths of history so deeply that your students will be equipped to change their world!

We reviewed TruthQuest Renaissance and Reformation ($24.95 print/$19.95PDF) and found the program very simple to implement. Each topic opens with a very interesting, conversational commentary that is followed by a list of recommended books. There  are no required spines or other books in this curriculum. Instead, each family chooses whatever books on the topic appeals to and are available to them. This makes it very affordable by using the library. As the website says, “TruthQuest History does not take students through particular books; it takes students through history using any books.”  Scattered throughout the program are “thinkwrite” questions—essay or discussion topics that ensure that the student is mastering the topic.

Is TruthQuest for you?

  • If you want a highly scheduled history program with review questions, hands-on activities, or tests, probably not. If you don’t want to have to locate and purchase or borrow a variety of materials on your own (even with suggested book lists), then TruthQuest might be overwhelming for you.
  • If you want a flexible program that involves lots of reading and discussion with a Christian world-view, then you would probably enjoy Truth Quest. If you want a program that is inexpensive because it doesn’t require the purchase of hundreds of dollars of extra books, then you will definitely appreciate TruthQuest’s flexibility.

We have really enjoyed our introduction to this curriculum and plan to continue using it. The commentaries are very interesting and conversational and provide a nice jumping-off place for delving deeper into each topic. I love reading great books as the core of our history program and find it easy to add in any extra mapping or hands-on activities myself.

To see actual sample lessons of each Truth Quest volume, visit their site.  To read more reviews, please visit the TOS Crew Blog.

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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received a free pdf download from TruthQuest History in order to write this review. All opinions are my own.

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