We love history and we just LOVE Drive Thru History so when we had the chance to review Drive Thru History Adventures we were super excited! We received a one year online subscription site to this amazing history curriculum. And it is so much more than just a history program. It is full of exciting stories and adventures that really bring history to life! Dave Stotts is your guide – funny, enthusiastic and clearly passionate about this topic – he is more than just a teacher. He inspires us to learn and to think; he makes us question what we know and what we think we know about long ago. There are three courses available as a part of this homeschool history curriculum: American History and Ancient History which are both contain 12 lessons and then Bible History which includes 18 lessons. All three are included with an annual subscription. This is recommended for ages twelve and up but I have to tell you, my younger ones who are six and eight really enjoyed these too!
My oldest son gets bored very easily. He is always moving around; he is constantly going from one curiosity to the next. It seems impossible some days to find something that will hold his interest for long. Perhaps it is simply a stage he is in that we are struggling so but I recognize the need to find ways to encourage and inspire him. Since he is very much a visual learner, this program was right up his alley.With such a wide variety of resources too, this is a great way to start. It is said that education is the lighting of a fire…Right now we are working very hard to try to relight his fire. An adventure like this definitely helps!
Do you see all of this good stuff? This is just a little bit of what this program has to offer. Where do you begin? I myself could easily spend days just reading the articles and expert papers that are here. There are the Side Roads and Digging Deeper… There is even a list of suggested reading specifically for two of the courses available. There are also worksheets available to work on as you go trough the courses. While my kids are not much for worksheets, these were a fun way to encourage them as we went through the classes. Once we finished watching the videos I would “quiz” my boys on what they learned. And in some cases they would come up with their own thoughts and questions too. When they did, there was always something there that we could use to help answer the questions they asked (there is this handy search box they can type into and wala!).
By popular vote we began with American History Adventures – we should know our country’s history – this is a great way to do so. The videos are about thirty minutes – some days we had to break this up into two parts (like I said we really struggle with attention and focus right now) however after the first couple of videos he really began to get more interested in these. And there were a number of days too that I had to really encourage him to be done for awhile. I think this grew on him. Of course he also has dreams of movie making one day so the premise of this alone inspired him quite a bit.
This adventure begins with Columbus, covers quite a bit in regards to the American Revolution and ends at the Constitution. The worksheets include famous quotes as well as a summary for each lesson and discussion questions to help us think a bit more about what we learned. Some of the questions really required you to get creatively thinking, like one that asked how the Indians were a help to the pilgrims and how history may have been changed had they not helped them. There are also quite a few primary source documents to download and review as you go through this program. I love especially how this really encourages you to understand the reason behind events; we also understand all the more what it means for us today.
One that I was really excited about was Bible History Adventure. We studied the Book of John not long ago for our Bible Quizzing program and I really had wanted to go deeper with my boys but couldn’t find something that really took….This is it. Beginning with the genealogy of Christ we travel through his life as recorded in the Gospels. As we travel to those far away places, we learn the value and meaning (then and today) of the scriptures. Its just like having been there! Following the video there are some side roads to travel (what’s the story with Moses seat?) and assigned scripture readings. There are also discussion questions and worksheets to use should you wish to do so. We did a lot of discussion as we worked through these videos ourselves; mostly the worksheets were a fun way to guide conversation and see what stuck.
We haven’t gotten to the Ancient History Adventure yet (where you can learn about the rise of the Western civilization) but we are definitely planning on doing so soon. Since my husband has never experienced Drive Thru History for himself my boys have decided we need to give him a peek. So we are planning to start these all over again with him.This will also be a good time for us to enjoy more of the Adventures TV section where we can “sit down” with Dave Stotts and hear his take on events occurring today; these are not just full of interesting information but also (as you can see below) these are just plain fun! Whatever the topic, this guy knows exactly how to share it in a way that gets you excited, whether it is about penicillin or the history of President’s Day.
My boys and I have learned so much from Drive Thru History. Without a doubt these are definitely adventures! My boys loved traveling through the tunnels in Cappadocia and exploring the area where some amazing discoveries were made that prove some of those events (like Lazarus being raised from the dead). Thanks to this program I now have one boy with a deep desire to own a land Rover and another who has a budding love for archaeology. Perhaps one day my oldest son could even be a part of something like this (he loves films and recording videos!). There are just so many ways that this has inspired my boy, who doesn’t show interest in much as of late, but as he has been watching this, has found a renewed interest in history and film and maybe even this will be that seed planted that will encourage something great in years to come. He says perhaps he will have his own show one day but instead of being Drive Thru History maybe it could be singing our way through history.
Are you hooked on Drive Thru History too? If so they have some great opportunities you do not want to miss out on right now!
To celebrate the launch of of Drive Thru History Adventures they are giving away a copy of the DVD set of The Gospels to all new subscribers. I wish I wasn’t a subscriber right now so I could get these DVD”s. You can join the adventure here.
And for those who are readers of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine (parent company of the Homeschool Review Crew) you can receive a 20% discount Grab your copy of the Winter edition and head to page 19 for more details! You can access the digital edition here.
This entire program is so very well done! This can be such a great addition to any program and it can also really stand on it’s own too. I have no doubt that you and your family will thoroughly enjoy (and learn) so much from this program!
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