Yes, you read that right. There’s a MEGA Giveway headed your way! Before I tell you about that let me fill you in on how we’ve been using Philosophy Adventure – Pre-SocraticsTM this summer.
[note note color=”#FFCC00″]I was chosen among other bloggers to be on the review team for this product. In return, I received free materials in order to do the review. All the opinions expressed herein are my own. I am not an affiliate of this product.[/note]
Because, like, it’s totally summer. OK?
You can read the other reviews and discover that this curriculum holds a mighty punch in a small package. What LJSkool readers want to know is…
“Will my kid sit still long enough between the bouncing and pinging to learn
about the different philosophical views
or even care how that aligns with Scripture?”
How We Used The Program
I had a liberal arts college education and just ate this stuff up because there were so many things I didn’t learn in college in here! Then I looked over at my boys, playing with my new iPhone, and realized I had to think outside of the box laid out before me. My task was to make this fun.
We could worry about the speech making later, you know, say round about November. This topic is very well covered and laid out but I would have liked to have all the addendums together in the teacher’s guide right up front. The boys took one look at it in their student guide and freaked. There are just some things that one needs to ease one’s child into.
The writing really made them think. So much so, that after doing the first exercise they begged to not have to do more and just talk about the ideas orally. Actually, smoke rose out of my laptop as L typed away furiously. The questions really made his brain think hard. I liked that, I liked that a lot. OK, fine, I begged for them to answer the questions orally. My laptop just couldn’t handle it, cap’ain.*
The maps are lovely too. It was fun to look at the gorgeous layouts and then Google them to see what they look like today. We did a few “virtual field trips” this summer. Have you ever done that? That’s one way I’ve gotten the boys interested in geography. Just type in a location, drop down “orange guy” and walk the streets and byways of a town a gazillion miles away from you…without being felt up at the airport by security. We imagined what it would be like to travel to the hometowns of the philosophers, see the sights, eat the food, and meet up with other philosophers of the day.
The Best Part About The Program
The most fun we had was reading the accounts of each philosopher, what they believed and why, how they lived and where, and using the “Memory Cards” in the Teacher’s Resource pdf. The boys loved to print out the cards for the philosopher of the week, each philosopher has a week’s worth of material, before we even began reading that particular section! We play Concentration with them and each boy takes a turn. I don’t know whose idea it was to time how long it took for them to get the right answers, with me as the judge. Sure, I had already pre-read the section so already knew what question card went with what answer card. I’m smart and well read but even I didn’t know all the details on these cards for every single philosopher!
Then we would snuggle up on the couch and read the section…in one swell foop. Even with us taking turns reading it took a good two hours to read through the whole thing. Well, come to think of it, we are pretty good oral readers. You know why it took us so long? Because the boys kept thinking of how these ideas compared to today’s thinking or how another philosopher thought similar things. The best part, oh my heart, the very best part was when they knew the Scripture that was cited to compare and contrast the ideas espoused by the philospher.
What We Didn’t Use
We received the student pdf that can be typed into and printed out. While I am having L type his notes and such we never got around to using the typable pdf after checking it out and playing around with it when we got it. As I said before, we discussed the concepts orally. I did print out the worksheet and as went through the lesson he would mind map on the paper…or even just doodle. Either way, it wasn’t something that we used a lot. The same with the maps. While we did very much enjoy looking at the maps neither boy felt compelled to print them out. Now, if you don’t want to use ink and/or paper that could be a good thing!
We also didn’t use the vocabulary worksheets. The words are all combined and alphabetized with the chapter and page in parentheses. I would much rather give the boys the list of words from just the chapter we are working on right now. I did copy and paste them all into a Word doc, separated by chapter, and will use that during the year.
Yes, your child will learn a lot from this program. As with any other curriculum you will have to tweak it to your bouncy and pingy child. But you knew that already, yes? I love this program and am so blessed to be on the review team. It is one thing to tell your child to put on the armor of God and yet another to show them how. That’s what Philosophy Adventure – Pre-Socratic, written by Stacy Farrell, has given me. Not just the armor for my boys but how to put on each piece! Did I mention I love it?
Let’s Talk About That Mega Giveaway!!!
You won’t just enter to win Homeschool Adventure curriculum but they have teamed up with other homeschool curriculum providers in this giveaway contest. I think at last count this package was up to a worth of $800. Oh, my goo’ness!
So, you can either enter to win OR if you aren’t a patient person (she says as she looks around the room trying to ignore the large mirror directly across from her) you can go to the Homeschool Adventure store and enter two promo codes when your purchase the materials now.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL-10 will get you a 10% discount on any print materials.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL-25 will get you a 25% discount on any digital materials.
Best wishes if you go the raffle route. Either way, if you do use this curriculum please do drop us a line and let us know how it went with your child. Until then, see you on Facebook. We will be back full time come September 1st.
Have a fun and safe summer!