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Review for Drive Thru History Adventures

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If you are looking for a Homeschool Video Curriculum for American History, Bible History, or Ancient History you are going to want to check out Drive Thru History Adventures.  Our family has a lot of people in it who love history.  But some members get tired of studying the same topics over and over again by just reading a textbook.  They want to get more involved with what they are studying.  So when we received the opportunity to review Drive Thru History Adventures, we were very excited. For this review, we reviewed the Bible History curriculum.  Although we have not finished going through the entire curriculum yet, I have to say our family is loving it.  This curriculum is available online and even has apps you can download for watching on the go.

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The Ancient History curriculum offers 12 weeks on early Greece, Rome and Asia Minor.  The American History curriculum offers 12 weeks on Early American History.  Finally, the Bible History curriculum, which is the one our family is reviewing, offers 18 weeks on the Gospels.  Each curriculum includes videos of course, but so much more is offered as well.  This is an online curriculum, which is a feature I love.  Even if our family travels, we would still be able to watch the videos and do the assignments.

The youngest member in our family is our 15-year-old daughter, but even if your family has younger members this curriculum would be beneficial.  Younger children could simply watch the videos and then do whatever assignments you feel they could handle.

When you log in, you see a dashboard.  From here you can access the videos, additional resources, curriculum, community, your account and even Adventures TV.  What I love about Drive Thru History Adventures most is how you get access to all three history programs for one subscription price.

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The Adventures TV is the app side of this curriculum.  It can be downloaded from the app store for either iTunes or Google Play to allow you to watch the videos on the go on your portable devices such as your smartphone or tablets.  I have to say I like this feature since it means we can watch the videos anywhere we have access to our mobile devices. I love that there is an option to download the videos so they can be watched even if there is no Internet service available or I do not wish to use my data plan from my wireless provider. Although we did not need to utilize this feature during the review period, I definitely can see the advantages of it – especially if you are a family that is constantly on the go.

As we watched the first episode together, I have to say I was impressed with this curriculum.  Even my husband who has been an ordained Primitive Baptist Preacher for over twenty-five years, and has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies found facts he did not know in the videos.  The scenery and locations are breath-taking.  We especially were intrigued by the discussion the Wailing Wall.  I found it astounding that companies offer the option to email prayer requests that will then be printed and place in the cracks on the wall.

The videos include a wealth of knowledge, locations and even amazing art to illustrate the points being made. Dave Stotts does an incredible job of narrating these episodes by including facts and even some humor to keep the viewers engaged.  The first video adventures compare the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and provide the groundwork for the rest of the video adventures.

The episodes chronicle the life of Christ including the announcement of His impending birth, him growing up, the beginning of His ministry, the miracles He performed, arriving in Jerusalem for the last time, the Last Supper, His trial, the Crucifixion, His Resurrection, and concludes with who Jesus is.

The videos are around 30 minutes long and it is recommended to watch one video a week and then do additional assignments including a summary, Bible Scripture reading where different versions are available right on the page, discussion questions, worksheets (with the answer sheets also provided), and even topics for digging deeper.  We decided initially to just do the discussion questions orally as a family.

The artwork included offer beautiful displays that go along with the videos.  Approximately 50 sites in Jerusalem are included.  Since I do not see our family traveling to Jerusalem given the current world situation, these video adventures are the next best thing to being there ourselves.

Right now, Drive Thru History Adventures has a special promotion for a limited time where they are offering a set of The Gospels DVD to those who join with an annual subscription.

Also, if your family subscribes to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, near the front of the Winter Edition, you can find a coupon code to get 20% off the annual subscription.  You can find the digital edition of the magazine here

So check out Drive Thru History Adventures for yourself.  If you would like to read reviews from other members of the Homeschool Review Crew for all three of the curriculum selections, click here or on the image below.

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Review of Presidents of the United States Video-Based Unit Study from Paradise Praises

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I am always on the hunt for great homeschool resources. I  am especially excited when those products come from online friends, so I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review the Presidents of the United States Video-Based Unit Study from Paradise Praises by Katie Hornor.  I received a copy of this product for my fair and unbiased review. So all opinions expressed in this review are my own.  One of the incredible things about this product is that it can be adapted for any age – from kindergarten through high school.  As an adult, I found the videos enjoyable and educational to watch.

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This video-based product is meant to be completed over the course of one 9-week period, meaning one quarter.  The product contains a suggested nine-week schedule.  Each day the students will learn about a different president while completing activities and reading assignments.

The product contains the Presidential Biography Studies in chronological order, a listing of the Presidential videos, a listing of videos regarding the First Ladies, audiobook ideas, as well as other resources that include a field trip or virtual field trip ideas, art resources, vocabulary lists and more.  Book suggestions include picture books, early readers, and chapter books.

Our three students we are still homeschooling are all in high school, and I love the flexibility of this course.  It lends itself to flexibility and fitting the needs of a homeschool family.  The primary video for each president is only 90 seconds long.  So when your family’s time is short, your family can watch that 90-second video, complete a notebooking page for the president along with adding your Presidential figure to the timeline and be done.  On days where time is available, notebooking pages, additional reading assignments, field trips or even virtual field trips, as well as art activities, can be complete.

I have to say I loved the song for learning the names of the presidents.  I believe this would come in handy for learning the order of the presidents.  Although I have only looked over the materials myself and watched the videos, I know this resource is going to be a great asset to our family.  Whether you use it along with an existing history program or use it as a stand-alone unit study, I am sure your family will enjoy this course.  So visit the Paradise Praises Online Shop and check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.  I would love to hear from you.