Vendor Name: TruthQuest History
Vendor Contact: TruthQuest History Contact Page
Name of Product: Middle Ages (A.D. 500-1400)
Price: print: $24.95; PDF: $$19.95
Age Range: grades 5-12 although younger students can participate.
If I told you that history and teaching it could be as simple as a short reading and a great book and a project, would you believe me? Probably not. We are led into thinking that learning and teaching history has to be dry and boring and easily forgotten upon leaving that period of history.
Not so – with TruthQuest History you and your children will begin to enjoy teaching and learning history. This is a history curricula that you can use whether you’re eclectic, Classical, and anywhere in between. It is literature based, which means your child isn’t sitting in front of a text, they are learning from real books – living books that bring history alive and make it meaningful to today’s children. The great thing with this as well is you can add it to other curriculum if you want to use it as a spine – TruthQuest is made to be yours, there is no schedule to follow and you can omit and add to it what you will!
I was given the Middle Ages which covers A.D. 500 to 1400 where the child will be learning about the history of this period but also it’s culture, art, ideas and everything in between! Think of it as a time machine – and you don’t have to spend any money to travel and you can do it from your couch, kitchen table or bed! If you only do school 4 days a week, this will work for you. If you only cover history 2 days a week, this will work for you. However, if your children are like mine they will come to love history as it comes alive through the literature they will be reading.
There are additional resources that are suggested but they are optional so TruthQuest can be used on it’s own. In the Middle Ages some of the areas/people studied are:
- Mighty King Arthur
- Norman Conquest
- Stained Glass Windows
- Bubonic Plague
- The Hundred Years’ War
- and much, much more
There are ThinkWrite exercises scattered throughout which will have your child thinking more in depth about what you and they have just read (suggested answers are given at the back for parents) or they are mapping opportunities or just a place to share their opinions on how a person shaped history. If your child is not a writer or they struggle with, take dictation or let them record themselves speaking their answers. I like how much flexibility there is in using TruthQuest.
Also included is a HUGE list of books and other resources that can be added to your studies. These do not have to be purchased, obtained or even used – they are merely given if you would like to add more depth to your child’s learning. Michelle Miller has done a wonderful in including the grades that the additional resources are suitable for, some may be geared for the older child but I’ve found that even my younger ones will listen to books for older grades if I’m reading them aloud and allow time for them to ask questions.
Overall, this is a great history curriculum if you’re looking for a chronological, literature based that is easy on the wallet but is a comprehensive look at history and how it’s formed and changed the world, and sometimes still has a grip on the hear and now. Whether you use it alone or with the recommended books this will be a fun year of studying history with your child. To read what other homeschooling parents had to say about it visit The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew blog.
**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.