Our family used TruthQuest History for the past year and we plan to continue using it through high school (Lord willing).
What we enjoy about TruthQuest:
- flexibility of moving at our own pace
- flexibility of spending as much time each day as we deem necessary
- Christian focus of commentary
- Christian worldview of many (but not all) recommended books
- commentary assists with time-flow and the “why” behind historical events
- format encourages narration and discussion
- ThinkWrite prompts are included periodically (could be used as essay assignments)
- estimated grade ranges for recommended books help to match books to our students’ level(s)
- easily used for a range of ages (several children at once)
- suggested books can be read aloud or used for independent reading
- expansive book lists enable us to delve deeper into certain events that especially interest students
- expansive book lists enable us to find relevant books from the library (as opposed to Sonlight’s cores that expect specific books that may not be available to borrow)
- both non-fiction and fiction (a.k.a. living books) are included in TruthQuest; you decide the best blend for your children
- some of the more popular suggested books can be found as audio recordings; great for long-distance trips in the vehicle
- hands-on activity books recommended throughout
- inexpensive guides ($25-$35)
- author, Michelle Miller, designed these guides through years of homeschooling her own children
- yahoo group called HIStoryQuesters for support
- yahoo group called HIStoryQuesters-FS for buying and selling of recommended books
- children beg to “do more history” with TruthQuest!
- must pace carefully if you need to complete the course by a certain date; lack of a schedule makes it easy to spend “too much time” on interesting events
- one suggested book in AHYSI seemed inappropriate for young children (in my conservative opinion); I commonly skim books before using with the children, though, so no harm done in this instance
- if you can’t afford purchasing suggested books, it requires frequent trips to the library (but the library is one of our favorite places anyway)
- requires time to plan (but I find planning enjoyable!)
You may click on Button’s photo to see an earlier blog post referring to TruthQuest.
By the way, TruthQuest does NOT include review questions. The curriculum DOES include essay prompts (specifically called ThinkWrites), scattered through the guide.
The lack of review questions has not inhibited our study. We discuss material as we read it. As we begin each day’s history lesson, I often ask the children to tell me something about the previous lesson. Sometimes I ask specific questions, and sometimes I just like to hear what their brains selected as important.
So far we’ve used the ThinkWrite prompts for narration rather than writing. Our AHYSI (elementary level) guide contains 6 ThinkWrites. In the higher levels, more ThinkWrites are included. On the TruthQuest website you can view Tables of Contents for each guide. For example, I found 13 ThinkWrites listed for the AORI guide. By the way, sample responses for the ThinkWrites are provided at the end of each guide.
And, no, I’m NOT being paid by TruthQuest.