Philosophy and me? It's not something I would even think about. I am not a philosophy person. It seems way to deep and even before I had kids, I didn't feel that I would ever be able to understand something like this. But that all changed when I was asked to be a part of the special launch group for the Homeschool Adventure's Philosophy Adventure.
I became intrigued when I read the words "Philosophy Adventure™ is a program designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately". I thought this might be a good way to teach Big Kid more about writing and speaking. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be interested in the actual philosophy of this program!
I have to be honest…I have not finished reading all of this yet. I am taking my time and using the teacher resources and the student text to help me out. I never would have thought I would have enjoyed this subject as much as I have. Stacy Farrell really took her time in making sure to have this be something that is understood by kids and adults alike!
The Reader in this program has a very nice laid out plan of action. You learn about the Philosopher first and than you are able to work on your writing, thinking and speaking. After that you have a nice colored map of the area where the important information of the philosopher's life is shown. The lesson ends with a contrast section where you are able to compare and contrast the actual source materials written by the philosopher to that of the biblical worldview. This program is easily worked into a 4 or 5 day school and you are able to earn high school credit!
The teacher resources include memory cards that can be used for any kind of fun game your mind can create. There are timeline resources that not only have the names of the people talked about, but nice little pictures too! I am excited to use this part the most…just being able to post something up on the wall to help with the visual understanding of what we are learning. And of course, like every teacher resource, you have all your answers listed for the sheets that are in the student text.
The student workbook is my second favorite, the reader is my first. Here is where I was able to put what I was learning to the test and it will be fun to use with Big Kid. Each lesson has a question sheet to help you retain your information you are learning. You have maps that you fill out and show where different locations are along with writing the important information of that area from the text. And the fun writing activities. You are given information about the philosopher you are learning about (or something similar to him) and you have all your background information…it is up to you to have fun writing with that information. I have always loved creative writing, so this is my favorite section and I hope Big Kid will enjoy it too!
I haven't had Big Kid start on this yet. I want to fully complete it myself first. But I have already started planning it into our fall lesson plans. I am so excited to see him excel! If you know us, you know that Big Kid has some issues when it comes to school. I was worried about how this writing would go with him, but after asking the wonderful ladies who are reviewing this with me, I found some ways that make him now enjoy writing a little more!
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Now that I have you really interested, here is the fun part! Philosohy Adventure launches today!! Go here to order your own copy!! Also, I have one of the digitial copies to give away! How awesome is that?