I feel like I’ve stumbled upon a homeschooling gold mine.
As a relaxed homeschooler with a particular concern about teaching accurate history from a Christian perspective, I labored over how to teach my children history for a long time. We had tried reading some popular history books but frankly, they bored my children (and me). (Disclaimer: we have loved many of the Cornerstones of Freedom books–I highly recommend them for their short, interesting stories of history.)
I was not an interested history student. I made good grades, but I can tell you very little about anything I was “taught” in school about history.
And then, Compass Classroom crossed my path.
Basically it’s a video course with a live teacher (the lessons are streamed) and they are short but meaty. We are doing American History this year, and this is the description of the course:
“History is best understood through the dual lenses of dramatic story and godly wisdom. Veteran history teacher Dave Raymond gives a comprehensive history of the United States by applying a Christian worldview to the characters, events, theology, literature, art, and religious beliefs of the nation. It is an engaging class for Middle School and High School students.”
American History is a one-year class that consists of:
- 26 lessons (5 videos per lesson, 10-15 minutes each)
- 4 projects
- Student Reader, 400p (PDF)
- Teacher’s Guide with Scope & Sequence (PDF)
- Weekly Exams
- Year-long Portfolio.
I love the portfolio, which is basically a scrap book to reinforce their learning, if your children are into that sort of thing. If you have a hands-on learner, they will especially enjoy this part.
I love it because it is
- Simple and short.
- Easy to implement (student-led)
- Taught by someone passionate about the subject
- Visual with a hands-on project
I asked my 14 year old what she thought of the course and this is what she said:
“I love it. I don’t even like history, but I’m enjoying this series because he makes it interesting and I’m learning.”
Translation to me: SUCCESS.
In full disclosure, I became an affiliate seller of Compass Classroom, simply because if you really like something, you feel confident about recommending it to other people. And I do love this curriculum (they have other subjects as well) and would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a solid, Christian history curriculum taught in story form. It was exactly the answer to what I was looking for.
One class is $89. If you operate on a 9-month school year, that’s $9 per month. So worth it.
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Here are a few more testimonials from other moms using it:
My kids learn well from teachers who are passionate about their subjects. Dave Raymond is passionate about American History. Better yet, Dave Raymond is a good storyteller. Isn’t that what history is? Story telling? Names and dates bah! I want to know about the people, not just the battles. How did they think? Why did they do things? History comes alive in this video curriculum.
I have to say, I absolutely LOVE this American History curriculum! I have been telling everyone I know about it. Our family has been searching for something that doesn’t just teach the WHAT, but the WHY and the HOW. History doesn’t need to just be a bunch of useless facts (ones we hardly remember as we grow older and are inundated with other useless facts); instead should be exploring the reasons WHY men did what they did…and HOW we can learn from their mistakes. I love that this is both worldview and history in one curriculum. Thank you so much for following the Lord’s leading in creating this curriculum! Now, I want to know when World History will be released?? 😉
In my opinion, this course offers an excellent balance of interesting DVD lectures, serious reading, and challenging writing coupled with worthwhile portfolio and project work, all presented from within a Christian worldview.
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