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TOS Crew Review: TruthQuest History Middle Ages


Vendor Name:  TruthQuest History

Vendor ContactTruthQuest History Contact Page

Name of ProductMiddle 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:

  • Beowulf
  • Mighty King Arthur
  • Augustine
  • Islam
  • Norman Conquest
  • Crusades
  • Stained Glass Windows
  • Knights
  • 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.

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Read Aloud Challenge – November 5th

If you’d like to join in visit Footprints in the Butter blog.

I’ve been kind of remiss in reading aloud to my children this week but we are still working our way through these books:

The Bobbsey Twins Book 2:  The Bobbsey Twins’ Adventure in the Country by Laura Lee Hope

American Challenge by Susan Martins Miller, JoAnn A. Grote, Veda Boyd Jones and Norma Jean Lutz

and since I have review due soon I’ll be starting the following book with them:

The Mirror of N’De by L.K. Malone (it’s a YA Fiction/Fantasy)

So that’s my read aloud challenge, stop by Footprints in the Butter and see what others are doing.

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Kregel: Circle C Beginnings – "Andi's Circle C Christmas" by Susa K. Marlow

About the book from Kregel:

In Andi’s Circle C Christmas, Andi’s fun holiday break is spoiled when a grumpy, bossy visitor arrives. No more running. No catching spiders. No wearing overalls. But just when Andi thinks the fun is lost forever, she learns that she can help this unwelcome guest in a way she never imagined.

My Opinion:

This short, 88 page book is great for young children who are either just starting our on their reading adventures or those who have been reading for awhile.  Geared to ages 6 to 8 – all of my children enjoyed this book, including my then 4 year old son who got caught up in the story.  Andi as she is known but whose Aunt wants her to go by her given name, Andrea and sets forth other rules to make her more like a lady.

This is a cute book that instill faith, respect, and love of family – Andi does her best to honor her Aunt even though she doesn’t agree with her but knows that when her Aunt wants her to do something that could endanger them both she must go against what her Aunt wants.  This book has a positive message and is so great at building up character traits that we all want to strive for in our Christian walk.  Along with this book Kregal has come up with supplemental materials that go along with the book, such as coloring pages, dot to dots, vocabulary, maps, math, and more.  Each activity download has 20 pages – I like these for the restless child who listens better while doing something with their hands or to reiterate a lesson after reading the book or chapter.

**I was given a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.

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Reading Aloud Challenge – October 20

Okay, I’ve been meaning to link up to this meme over at Footprints in the Butter (don’t you just love her blog’s name?) for her Read Aloud Challenge that she does each week.  Reading, to me is a wonderful thing and it can open up new worlds and opportunities to ourselves and out children.

A little background on me first though, I love to read – you’ll rarely see me without a book – and since I own a Kindle and have the Kindle app on my iPod touch I’m never without a book, EVER!  I went to public school, I don’t blame my parents for this (in fact in a way it’s made me a better person for what I had to go through), however due to this I didn’t learn to read until I was in the 3rd grade!  This was only after my parents hired several private tutors and worked with me.  In our city the illiteracy rate is VERY high which is sad to me – how can one not read?  Anyway, it’s been my goal to have children who enjoy reading and can do it easily.  My oldest learned when she was five and like me, she can never be found without a book.  My middle learned when she was 6 and also enjoys reading.  My 5 year old, who my husband thinks should be reading already (I’m not stressing over it, he’ll learn when he’s ready) but I do have a great phonics program, reading game on the computer and a reading card game so we’ll be working on it.

All of my children love to read and be read to.  It’s been wonderful teaching my children how to read, even more so than watching them learn math or history (even though I love history too).  I try to have a book or two that we are reading aloud and the two we are currently working on are:

The Bobbsey Twins Book 2:  The Bobbsey Twins’ Adventure in the Country by Laura Lee Hope

American Challenge by Susan Martins Miller, JoAnn A. Grote, Veda Boyd Jones and Norma Jean Lutz (which I will also be posting a review about soon)

I also have two audio dramas from Lamplighter titled The Hedge of Thorns and The Unexpected Return which is on my iPod and we’ll listen to while driving.  My children enjoy audio dramas and books – which to me is even better than T.V. since it provides food for the brain and allows the imagination to  flow.


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Book Review: "Sara Sue Learns to Yell & Tell" by Debi Pearl

As a mom I recognize the dangers of sexual predators and I try to check our sheriff’s website often for updates on those who live close to us.  Amazingly, we have quite a few even though we live close to an early intervention school and I’ve even seen parents allow their children to visit said houses during trick or treat!  I needed a way to teach my children, on a basic level,  about sexual predators and warn them against these evil doers.

I have two precious daughters and a son so when I heard about “Sara Sue Learns to Yell & Tell” by Debi Pearl and have a chance to review the book, I quickly agreed.  This 40 page fully illustrated and colored paper back book begins with a big sister, Sara Sue and little sister, Pearlie going out to make a puppet together as the big sister begins to tell of the warning she was given on sexual predators.  This word is never actually used in the book and in place of specific body parts Debi uses the words “private parts” – so this is good for both younger children as well as slightly older children.

The book is done in rhyming style which I think helps keep the children’s attention as well as the repetitive nature will hopefully help aid in the retention of the facts given in this very important book.  I like how they make pantaloons for their puppets but this also serves a greater purpose in reminding young girls in their dresses that we have to be modest because we never know who may be standing under us.  The story ends with Pearlie practicing her yell and tell – so that she is prepared should anyone try to do anything bad to her.

This book really helps in tearing down the fear that we often encounter when dealing with this issue and our children.  Unfortunately,  if something like this has happened to your child this will serve as a starting point for getting over the guilt and anguish victims sometimes feel.  Thankfully, if this has never happened then this book can help your daughter’s understand how to get help by yelling and telling.  There is a note to moms and dads at the end as well as a link so you can download and print some coloring sheets of the book – perfect if your child is one who needs activity to keep their attention.  There is also a boy’s version titled “Samuel Learns to Yell & Tell”.

**I was given a copy of this book from No Greater Joy Ministries in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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