I am excited to tell you about a new Homeschool Curriculum called Philosophy Adventure by Stacy Farrell at Homeschool Adventure Co. I was asked to be a part of their launch team and I am thrilled to have found this curriculum. So, welcome to our Philosophy Adventure Giveaway and Launch Party! I was given a digital copy of this curriculum, in exchange for my honest opinion and assistance in finding those pesky little typos that sneak through the editing process (as all of us bloggers know oh too well). I do not and will not receive any compensation for my review other than the curriculum mentioned above! Be sure to read to the bottom of the post where you can register to win a free digital copy of the complete curriculum!
So, Let me introduce you to Philosophy Adventure. It was written by Stacy Farrell and is designed for students in the 6th – 12th grades. We will be using this curriculum next year with our 8th, 7th and 4th graders. It will be a little stretch for my youngest, but we will be able to modify it to fit his skill set. Philosophy Adventure™ helps our children cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of philosophy and the impact of ideas.
I know “Philosophy Adventure” sounds like it is all about philosophy, which is overwhelmingly not Biblical at all, but I can assure you it’s much more than just a curriculum about philosophers! The study examines the pre-Socratic philosophers, what they taught, thought, what and who influenced their thinking and who they interacted with. But most importantly, it introduces their teachings from the perspective of how does it fit with a biblical worldview. So, it asks the question and our students answer… how does each of these philosophers’ view match or conflict with a Biblical worldview. Although this material can be used for our children to work independently, I think it is far more valuable as a tool to provoke thoughtful and deep discussion for the entire family!
As most of your know, we have a Montessori slant to our homeschool environment. One of the foundational principles of a Montessori education is that of being life long learners. Ironically, Stacy mentions in the introduction:
We consider ourselves students rather than scholars. Life-long learners.
AND, not only is Stacy’s educational philosophy in-line with our Montessori leanings, but there are also Memory Cards that we fully intend to use to create a board game; a timeline that shows not only the philosophers, but also is color coded to show the Rulers, Prophets, Biblical Heroes, Scientists, Literary Works and Major Events of their time; Map and geography work; a Write, Think and Speak Journal; and more! It meshes so well with the way we homeschool! I know this is so much information to absorb! Download a sample lesson and see what you think for yourself! I will give a full review in the next couple of weeks, but I really wanted to introduce you to the curriculum and tell you I already love it! Here is their promotional video that does a great job at giving you a quick preview of this wonderful curriculum!
Here is what is included in each lesson of Philosophy Adventure:
- Meet the Philosopher where we learn the philosopher’s story
- Sections for in-depth study where the students Write, Think, and Speak about what they are studying
- Geography and Map studies
- The School of Thought associated with the philosopher
- And finally a Contrast section which provides primary source materials (or secondary if primary is unavailable) from the philosopher, and the “Biblical Worldview” where the text discusses if the philosopher’s ideas align with a biblical worldview.
Along with the primary text, a Student Workbook and Teacher Resources are included. The Write, Think and Speak journal is in the Student Workbook, along with Map work, writing and speaking checklists and Vocabulary. In the teacher resources’ section are the memory cards, timelines to print, and the quizzes and answer keys.
Philosophy Adventure is available in several different formats:
Complete Set of Printed Text and Student Workbook with Resources CD – $89.95
Reader with Resources CD (includes digital rather than print edition of Student Workbook) – $69.95
Digital Edition of Reader & All Resources on CD – $49.95
Digital Download Edition – $39.95
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Now for the fun part… we have been given a digital download, including reader, student workbook, and teacher resources to give away to one of our readers! Good luck!!