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We’ve done a lot of product reviews for homeschool curriculum in the last 5 years. However, it is not often that I’ve had the chance to start reviewing a product which is just getting launched out into the world. Philosophy AdventureTM – Pre-Socratics from Homeschool Adventure Co. takes a student through the study of philosophy with the goal of cultivating a biblical worldview they can defend through all methods of communication.
What is Philosophy Adventure?
The Reader is a spiral bound, 8.5 x 11″, colorful text filled with relevant images, philosopher stories, writing lessons, critical thinking lessons, public speaking lessons, historical geography, primary sources, and a biblical worldview analysis. It also contains detailed writing checklists and delightful creative writing prompts.
The Student Workbook includes philosopher notebook pages, mapping assignments, quizzes, tests, and more.
The Teacher’s Resources includes keys to the quizzes, tests, and mapping assignments, timelines, and “at-a-glance” instructions designed to simplify your role as instructor.
As stated, the goal of this program is to build a biblical worldview that can be defended by the student through critical thinking, articulate speech, and skillful writing. So, those skills are developed in the program as the student is learning about great philosophers through the ages.
Philosophers you ‘meet’ in this particular resource are Thales, Pythagoras, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Empedocles, Protagoras, and Democritus. Each lesson (one philosopher) can be done in a week or spread out a bit more if desired.
The complete set in print format with the resources on CD retails for $89.95. The digital edition, like we have received, is available on CD for $49.95 or as a download for $39.95.
Initial Thoughts on Philosophy Adventure
First off, I’ll start with my impressions of the layout of materials. The student reader flows beautifully and is organized in such a way that the reader is not overwhelmed or easily distracted. The student workbook pages seek to help them pull key points of information from the student text and could make for a wonderful notebook on philosophy. Notebooking, timelines and quizzes/ tests are all available to create a rather full program of study.
As for the content, I am finding that Stacy does a great job conveying the information in such a manner that most students will be engaged and hopefully provoked into a deeper level of thought on the material. And, that is just what I hope to see when my boys start delving into the materials this summer. I want them to have the historical background, but also be weaving in our Christian faith to make sense of it all. These philosophers from long ago tackled heavy questions that continue to plague people today.
It is the Biblical context that should help them to more fully develop answers to questions such as:
- Where did I come from and why am I here?
- Why is there evil, suffering, and death?
- Is there hope for my future?
Win a Complete Digital Copy of Philosophy Adventure
One lucky blog reader will win their own complete set of Philosophy AdventureTM – Pre-Socratics in digital format. Entries are accepted through the Giveaway Tools form below until
June 8, 2013. Open worldwide as it is a digital product!!
Also, join in on the Twitter party at 9 p.m. EST on June 4th for the chance to win some prizes and help celebrate the launch of Philosophy Adventure. Just look for the hashtag #PhilosophyAdventure!