Truthquest History – A Review

I recently shared 3 Reasons Why A Boxed Curriculum Didn’t Work For Our Family with you.  I’m HAPPY to say that we’ve found something that is working for us.

TruthQuest History Review

What is Truthquest History?

We are delighted with our discovery of Truthquest History. For those of you not familiar with Truthquest History, here is an overview:

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! – Truthquest

I only had two criteria when searching for a history curriculum this time around. I wanted it to be literature-based, and I was hoping to find something that incorporated Story of the World.  We were already using Story of the World and my kids enjoy it so I wanted to be able to keep using it.  I also wanted a biblically sound curriculum, but that is a given for us. I did a little digging, found Truthquest, and the rest is history:-)

Why do we like Truthquest History?

  • an extensive, trustworthy booklist. organized by grade level. smart.
  • activity recommendations included (although we add in some of our own).
  • a flexible launching point to study history how we want to. freedom to accelerate, or linger on a topic, if desired.
  • concise commentary that encourages thoughtfulness while reading.
  • optional extras. we use A Journey Through Learning’s binder builder.

How do we use Truthquest History?

Here is what a typical Truthquest week looks like for us:

  • Monday – read the commentary, or sometimes I just read and then introduce/discuss with the kids. Read booklist materials.
  • Tuesday – read, read, read
  • Wednesday – read some more!
  • Thursday – you guessed it. More reading. We also throw in an audiobook for good measure if we can find one.
  • Friday – this is activity day! We work on our binder, cook, craft, watch a documentary….etc.

TruthQuest Review

While we are so thankful to have found TruthQuest, it may not be the right choice for you if….

  • your kids don’t love to read/be read to – there is a lot of reading involved to really get the full benefit of using Truthquest.
  • you want everything pre-planned – if you like to know exactly where you’re going, and when you’ll be there, you may struggle a little. We’re discovering that history is more like a winding journey than a straight path.
  • you want a textbook, test taking approach – Truthquest does not come with tests. The true test for us, especially in these elementary years, is whether or not our children are enjoying learning. Let me assure you….it’s not always rainbows and sunshine:-) But igniting curiosity in my children is much more important to me than having them pass ‘a test’.

Please let me know if you have any questions specific to our experience with Truthquest….I would love to help! Also, don’t forget to check out my American History pinterest board for more resources and activities that pertain to our current studies.

{This post is linked up at Hip Homeschool Moms!}

 

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Comments

  1. Teri says

    I’ve been waiting for this post! This is a curriculum I have never given much thought, and I have homeschooling for 13 years! Do you find your kiddos are retaining what you are reading to them? It looks like there is some lap booking involved, how much prep work goes into that? I’m looking forward to more posts about curriculum:)

    • Becky says

      I know, Teri! I put a rush on this post just for you:-) Regarding retention, how old are your kids? Mine are still elementary age, so retention is not my biggest concern. I am looking for engagement. I figure that the more engaged they are the more they will retain. At this age, I just want them to love history! I don’t care if they remember every last detail….they will be getting all of this again later:-) When they do, I hope they will look back on characters and periods in history with fondness.
      What you are seeing in the photo is the binder builder. I much prefer it to a lapbook for it’s ease of use.There are good samples at the Journey Through Learning website so you can take a better look. The binder builder takes very little prep. It takes me longer to place holds on the books we’ll be using each week…but that is worth it!
      Let me know if I can answer any other questions for you!

      • Teri says

        My son is 7, grade 1. We pulled him from public school and decided to have him repeat because we felt he was being left behind. I loved what you said about just wanting your kiddos to love history, and that they would be getting it all again:) I deal with so much opposition to homeschooling! I just feel so much pressure to “perform”…I’m slowly trying to let go of unrealistic expectations I have on him. To enjoy learning, wow, that is what we need to strive towards!

        • Becky says

          Teri – I’m sorry you’ve had opposition with your decision to homeschool, that can be difficult. Try to find a few other supportive, like-minded people if you can. I have never experienced opposition when it comes to our homeschooling but I think that may be rare! Here are my thoughts: you know your son better than anyone. There is no one more qualified to guide him, academically and otherwise, than you!
          It is easy to slip into comparison mode and want to push our kids to “perform”. So figure out what YOUR goals are and shoot for that….even if they look different that the “norm” 🙂

  2. Jasmine says

    I’m looking into this. Right now we have been using MFW curriculum for several years. My kids are ages 13, 11 and 9. My kids love hands on stuff. Projects and crafts and cooking etc. Does Truthquest include these types of things? I can’t tell if it’s just a reading guide with a lapbook as an extra or if it is a broad curriculum with activities to go along with the subjects. We have tried to get into Exp-1850, but all the jumping around from US to India to China is a little confusing for us. The appeal of TQH is that it is (Vol 1-3 anyway) solely American history, which is what we want to study. I’d love to hear your thoughts as I read a previous post that you also use MFW.

    • Becky says

      Hi Jasmine!
      I would say that Truthquest is more than just a reading guide. However, the awesome scope of book recommendations is most certainly the highlight of this curriculum for me personally. It has a very Charlotte Mason feel. If you’re looking for a variety of regular activities I would say that this may not be right for you. The Truthquest guide recommends resources to help you find your own activities. For example, you will be referred to a number of activity books, not to the activities themselves. Does that make sense? So, I guess it would depend on how much planning you want to do.
      My issue with MFW was that I felt like I was omitting too much from the TM so what was the point? It was TOO structured for us. That said, we used Veritas Press history cards last year and I’m thinking of picking them up again in January to provide a little more structure to Truthquest. I’m not afraid to tweak when needed:-)
      I hope that helps you a little? Please feel free to ask more questions if you’d like!

      • Jasmine says

        Thank you so much for taking time to answer my questions, I really appreciate that! I too am leaving out things from our MFW teacher manual. I don’t mind planning out activities as long as I know where to find them, lol! Thanks again for your honest review. Blessings to you!

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