You may not know this, but I’m married to a philosopher. A few years ago, my husband and I kicked around the idea of writing our own philosophy curriculum so we could teach it to our kids when they approached the teenage years. He teaches college students, you see, and he’s often struck by how little those kids know about the history of philosophical thought before they come into his classroom. And by how hard it can be to drag them through a Socratic discussion.
The good news is that I don’t have to write that curriculum…Stacy Farrell has done it for me and she’s given me the opportunity to review it! Philosophy AdventureTM-PreSocratics is a brand spanking new course that will not only teach your middle to high schoolers about the history of western thought, but how to think, speak, and write clearly for themselves.
Stacy knows that homeschoolers are tweakers, which is why she designed this course to be flexible. You can use it as a year-long supplement to your regular history program, or as a more intensive 8- or 16- week course.
- a full-color reader
- student workbook (notebooking pages, quizzes, mapping activities, and more)
- teacher’s resources on cd-rom (keys to assignments/tests/quizzes, timelines, memory cards, and more)
Available as a full-color spiral-bound text with the teacher’s resources on cd-rom for $89.95.
Also available as a digital download for $39.95.
Additional options are available, please check the Homeschool Adventure Co. site for details.
The teacher’s resources digital version of the student workbook are both type-in pdfs, perfect for the student who is a little allergic to his pencil (I have one of those).
The text is written in an engaging way that I know my 13-year-old will enjoy, yet it’s not at all dumbed down…in fact my husband is considering whether it might be suitable for his college students. Click the graphic to read the chapter on Thales.
Each lesson contains:
- The Philosopher’s Story
- Write, Think, and Speak articles and assignments
- Geographical information
- Contrast section which provides original source material from the thinker (or from a secondary source if no original work still exists), and an exploration of how the philosopher’s view compares to a Biblical worldview
In addition to the writing assignments contained within the lessons, there is a creative writing assignment for each philosopher and writing checklists at the back of the reader.
The reader might be the meat of the program, but the student workbook and teacher’s resources round it out nicely. By using the provided notebook pages, maps, and timelines, your child will have a very handsome philosophy notebook when he completes the course.
I can’t wait to get started! I love the looks of this text, there’s so much here to dive into and so much care and research has obviously been put into it.
More importantly, my son can’t wait to get started. He will be using Philosophy AdventureTM –PreSocratics alongside a study of ancient world history. I think we are going to have a wonderful year!
Today I just wanted to give you a preview of this great program. I will be posting a more complete review later this summer.
But, right now, in honor of launching Philosophy AdventureTM I get to give a digital copy away to one of you!
One winner will receive a digital download (pdf) copy of the complete curriculum, which includes:
- the reader
- the student workbook
- the teacher resources
Homeschool Adventures Co. is responsible for fulfillment of this prize.
You must be 18 or older to enter. Members of my family are ineligible.
Deadline to enter: June 8, 2013 12 midnight EST
The Winner will be drawn on or shortly after June 9, 2013 and notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond before an alternative winner will be drawn.
Entries are to be made using the handy dandy Rafflecopter widget. Please follow the directions carefully!
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