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REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: THE STORY OF CIVILIZATION- VOLUME II- THE MEDIEVAL WORLD

As the summer was winding down and our homeschooling year was about to start, I had been thinking a lot about what subjects the kids will take and how I will teach them. We typically sit down on our first day of school (the first Tuesday after Labor Day) and as a family discuss what everyone wants to learn about. Of course there are some things that are non-negotiable… we always have math, reading, science, and history on our list. However, we talk about what else the kids may want to learn.

As eclectic homeschoolers we don’t “school” in a typical fashion. We incorporate many ways of learning into our school year. We embrace school books but we also love to allow the kids the freedom to learn hands on through everyday life experiences as well as through discovery. This may mean they are knee-deep in videos about the ocean, reading books about the ocean, playing with seashells and starfish, or going on a field trip to the aquarium or the ocean when we are lucky enough.

Still, there are times that we love to use text books as well. Typically I have never invested much into a set curriculum. This is for many reasons but one of those reasons has always been the cost. As a large family who lives on a very set (and small) budget, some of the curriculum out there is just out of our means. We tend to accept hand-me-downs on a regular basis and fill our shelves with those textbooks. So when I was asked if I would like to review TAN’s The Story of Civilization (brand new even!) I jumped at the chance. Not only do I love TAN’s books (and I have found them to be pretty reasonably priced), but I also knew that my husband, being my help with history, would love it as well.

Imagine my surprise when my package arrived… not only did I have the textbook for the curriculum but it also included a 7 cd dramatized audio book set, an activity book, a test book, the teacher’s manual, and an amazing timeline we can put up on the wall! Seriously, this curriculum has everything I need to effectively teach about how our civilization began and was transformed through the years. With children who learn in a variety of ways, this set truly could reach each and every one of them in a unique way.

FEATURES

While the first volume, The Ancient World, was reviewed by our site already, I was blessed to review both the second and third volumes- The Medieval World (Vol. II) and The Making of the Modern World (Vol. III). The textbooks are an easy read… not that they are easy in content (they have great content!) but that they are engaging and easy to follow. This isn’t always the case for a history book. If you are like me you may remember those drab, boring history books from our childhood. These are nothing like those! Thankfully so! While they engage the reader as they teach history, they also teach our Catholic faith. Highlighting Saints and their contribution to history as well as showing how the Church has been a force to build society, these texts are an amazing lesson in both secular and Church history. The texts themselves are listed as a 5-8th grade read but they can easily be read aloud and used with younger or older ages as well.

The Teacher’s Manual is awesome as it not only gives questions for review but also includes additional information as well as activities, crafts, and snack ideas. Building on this is the Activity Book. Within the Activity Book you will find print outs of maps, prayers, coloring pages, puzzles, and drawing pages. These activities all go perfectly with the chapters within the texts. While TAN states that the Activities Book is geared more towards 1st-4th grades, I can tell you that my older kids loved helping the younger ones with some of the activities. TAN has found a way to incorporate all grade levels into their curriculum to engage and inspire our students.

The Test Book is geared towards 5-8th graders and includes multiple choice, true-false, and matching questions. There are tests for every chapter and the perforated edges in the book mean you can tear out the pages to photocopy each test so you can not only have enough tests for your children now but you can also save the book for later use if you have younger children you hope to use the book for later.

The package we received came with a video lecture series code that allows you to stream all the video lectures for the series. This gives you permanent access to the lectures! For kids who learn visually or engage better through videos this is a perfect addition to the series.

Finally, the dramatized audio books are great! They are easy to take along with you in the car, pop into a cd player with headphones so a child can listen to them on their own, or so you can listen to them together. The chapters on the audio books follow along with the text but are short and engaging lessons that don’t take much time and that just about any child can listen to without getting too antsy.

I’ll be honest and tell you that while I love history and can read up on just about anything history related, my kids have never been too wild about studying history. When they saw this curriculum arrive they were excited that I got a package but then groaned when I showed them what was inside. However, since using the curriculum (we started before our school year did!) they have since changed their attitudes towards history. They love the hands on activities and listening to the audio. They like reading aloud together from the texts and the older kids don’t mind taking the tests. We have not tried out the videos but I have no doubt that they will be amazing and engage my kids in a completely different manner as well. As TAN says, “Children should not just read about history, they should live it.” This curriculum has allowed my kids to do just that.

PRICE AT THE TIME OF REVIEW

$14.95-$39.95 for individual items

$154.70 for the complete set

DETAILS AT A GLANCE

Intended for: families, anyone using schoolhouse model
Good for grades: elementary and middle school
Parent/teacher involvement level: moderate to high, depending on needs of student
Prep time: medium when used on your own
Teacher’s manual: available for purchase and used with the activity book
Educational philosophy: schoolhouse model
Catholic: yes

You can purchase all of these amazing parts of the curriculum as stand-alone products or you can purchase them as a complete set. While the school year has already begun, we want to bless one of our readers with a complete set of The Story of Civilization: The Medieval World as well as The Story of Civilization: The Making of the Modern World. This includes the textbook, the Teacher’s Manual, the Activity Manual, the Test Book, the 7 cd Dramatized Audio Book, and access to the online streaming Video Lecture Series.

If you would like the chance to win this amazing curriculum- BOTH volumes II and III of the Story of Civilization, please leave us a comment about why you would like the opportunity to win. We will randomly pick a winner on Friday September 28th.

 

DISCLOSURE AND ACCURACY OF REVIEW

Catholic Sistas was not paid to do this review – the publisher offered free materials in exchange for an honest review of this product. All reviews are current as of the publish date. If you notice that a review contains information that is no longer accurate, please email us at Homeschool@CatholicSistas.com and we will be happy to amend this review.


THE GIVEAWAY

To enter,

1) share this contest on any social media outlet, email to friends or family, or your local homeschool groups and tell us where in the comments

AND

2) answer the following question in the comments below:

“Why do you want to win the complete set of The Story of Civilization, Volume II – The Medieval World AND
The Story of Civilization, Volume III- The Making of the Modern World?”

THE LOOT

ONE lucky winner will win an ENTIRE set of The Story of Civilization – Volume II – The Medieval World as well as the ENTIRE set of The Story of Civilization- Volume III- The Making of the Modern World, which includes the textbook, test book, activity book, teacher’s manual, audio drama {CDs}, and the streaming video lecture series, and the timeline map, making this a value of $308! Good luck!

THE CONTEST IS CLOSED.

OUR WINNER IS: SARAH STECHSCHULTE 
Congratulations Sarah Stechschulte!

 

 

 

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REVIEW: The Story of Civilization – Volume I – The Ancient World

 

REVIEW: The Story of Civilization - The Ancient World

PRODUCT

The Story of Civilization – Volume I – The Ancient World

COMPANY

TAN HOMESCHOOL

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OVERVIEW

TAN Homeschool has done it again. If you liked The Story of the Bible, you will instantly recognize the same great format with The Story of Civilization. Slated to be released in four volumes, one each year, with the first being released June 1, 2016, this series is going to be a must-have in your family’s homeschool teaching arsenal. Similar to The Story of the Bible, you will receive a wide range of materials, covering first grade all the way up through eighth grade. 

Look, you know your kids best – and TAN Homeschool recognizes that many families need not just affordability, but versatility and the ability to customize the material for each child, making the experience not just unique, but suited for your child’s specific needs. As a homeschooling mom of six, five of whom are still schooling – 9th, 5th, 2nd, kindergarten and preschool, I can’t tell you how excited I am to have this set for my kiddos. What I loved most about the style of writing is the storybook format. The reader is completely engaged by being placed in the midst of the story. The language used is wonderfully descriptive and pulls students in.

You’ll receive the textbook, test book* and a card with a digital code to access the video lectures online. Take note that the this series will not include DVDs shipped to your house, but instead you will be granted access to the lectures online, making it easy to locate. These three items are targeted for middle schoolers. 

Similar to The Story of the Bible, the activity book and teacher’s manual** are geared toward elementary students – grades 1-4. Note: the activity book contains oral exercises that are not found in the teacher’s manual. At the time of this review, TAN Homeschool is in pre-order mode ONLY. All products will be available at the beginning of June and available for shipment then. 

BONUS: when you order the entire set, you will receive a FREE copy of the Timeline Map. That’s a savings of $14.95!

*textbook and test book are companion pieces

**activity book and teacher’s manual are companion pieces

PRE-ORDER PRICE AT THE TIME OF REVIEW

$12.95-$39.95 for individual items

$154.70** for the complete set*

*When you purchase a complete set, you will receive a free copy of the Timeline Map {$14.95 value}

FEATURES

  • suggested age range is 1st-8th grade, or schoolhouse model
  • textbook & test book
  • test pages are perforated for easy removal, answers are at the back of the test book
  • activity book & teacher’s manual
  • dramatized audio series {CDs}
  • streaming video lecture series
  • timeline map

PROMOTIONAL PRODUCT PHOTOS

 

REASON FOR PRODUCT

TAN Homeschool wanted to create this history series because they saw there was a need for Catholic homeschooling families. So many of them were either using outdated and archaic manuscripts written for children in the 1930’s, or they were using Protestant manuscripts that painted the Catholic Church in a negative light, or at least ignored the Church’s contribution to history.  TAN Homeschool set out to make a fun and exciting book that would be faithful to the Church because they knew there were so many families hoping for such a book.

Pulled from the product description page

Children should not just read about history, they should live it. In The Story of Civilization, the ancient stories that have shaped humanity come alive like never before. Author Phillip Campbell uses his historical expertise and story-telling ability together in tandem to present the content in a fresh and thrilling way.  

The Story of Civilization reflects a new emphasis in presenting the history of the world as a thrilling and compelling narrative. Within each chapter, children will encounter short stories that place them directly in the shoes of historical figures, both famous and ordinary, as they live through legendary battles and invasions, philosophical debates, the construction of architectural wonders, the discovery of new inventions and sciences, and the exploration of the world. 

Volume I, The Ancient World, begins the journey, covering the time periods from the dawn of history and the early nomads, to the conversion of Emperor Constantine.  Children will learn what life was like in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece, Rome, and more, as well as learn the Old Testament stories of the Israelites and the coming of Christ. 

The strength of the content lies not only in the storybook delivery of it, but also in the way it presents history through the faithful prism of the Church. Have you always wanted your children to learn about world history from a Catholic perspective? Here, you’ll have the trusted resource you’ve always wanted.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pulled from the product description page:

Phillip Campbell holds a BA in European history from Ave Maria University and a license in secondary education from Madonna University. He teaches middle school history and Sacred Scripture for the St. Augustine Homeschool Enrichment Program as well as high school history for Homeschool Connections. Mr. Campbell is the editor of The Complete Works of St. Cyprian of Carthage (Arx Publishing) and has self-published several books through his website, Cruachan Hill Press.His writings have also appeared in such publications as the St. Austin Review and The Distributist Review.

Mr. Campbell served as the mayor of his hometown of Howell, Michigan, from 2011 to 2015 (the youngest to ever hold the office). Mr. Campbell and his wife reside in southeast Michigan, where they homeschool their five children. He is a regular speaker at homeschool conferences around the United States.

DECLARATIONS

  • none reported; however, it was reviewed by a PhD. from Christendom, Dr. Brendan McGuire, who verified the historical accuracies for TAN Homeschool.

THE GOOD

  • follows schoolhouse model
  • super interactive with various methods to reach students where they are {CDs, streaming video lectures, textbooks, textbook, activity book}
  • budget friendly

THE BAD

  • none reported

TESTIMONIALS

  • yours could be FIRST
  • share your experience in the comments

DETAILS AT A GLANCE

Intended for: families, anyone using schoolhouse model
Good for grades: elementary and middle school
Parent/teacher involvement level: moderate to high, depending on needs of student
Prep time: medium when used on your own
Teacher’s manual: available for purchase and used with the activity book
Educational philosophy: schoolhouse model
Catholic: yes

OVERALL RATING

::partial rating based on the text and test book only::

 

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DISCLOSURE AND ACCURACY OF REVIEW

Catholic Sistas was not paid to do this review – the publisher offered free materials in exchange for an honest review of this product. All reviews are current as of the publish date. If you notice that a review contains information that is no longer accurate, please email us at Homeschool@CatholicSistas.com and we will be happy to amend this review.


THE GIVEAWAY

To enter,

1) share this contest on any social media outlet, email to friends or family, or your local homeschool groups and tell us where in the comments

AND

2) answer the following question in the comments below:

“Why do you want to win the complete set of The Story of Civilization, Volume 1 – The Ancient World?”

OPTIONAL additional question:

For those who have purchased the audio drama CDs in the previous series – The Story of the Bible – what was the primary its purpose? i.e. Did you use it in the car for long road trips? Do you have a child with a learning disability? or a child who just hates or struggles with reading?

THE LOOT

ONE lucky winner will win an ENTIRE set of The Story of Civilization – Volume I – The Ancient World, which includes the textbook, test book, activity book, teacher’s manual, audio drama {CDs}, and the streaming video lecture series, and the  timeline map, making this a value of $154!

THE RULES

 

CONTEST IS CLOSED AND OUR WINNER IS

Jeanie Deters

Congratulations, Jeanie!