Pathway to Liberty's History Curriculum: A Review
Pathway to Liberty's Universal History, Year 1
Pathway to Liberty's The Middle Ages, Year 2
Pathway to Liberty's US History, Year 3
Pathway to Liberty's World History, Year 4
The levels are broken down as follows:
Level 1: K5-3rd grade
Level 2: 4th-6th grade
Level 3: 7th-9th grade
Level 4: 10th-12th grade
Types of assignments include:
- word studies
- writing options
- map work
- copy work
- Bible study
- extra reading
It is available in both digital and physical formats.
The Chain of Liberty text is the basis and explanation for the curriculum itself. It discusses the importance of certain people and events that result in a chain of liberty, working together to purchase this liberty we have. The book also convicts the reader that our liberty could be in danger as we are lulled into a comfort that doesn't fully appreciate what we have been given and at what cost.
|The video explaining the history behind the national anthem was one of our favorite parts of the curriculum!|
How We Used It:
We started in the middle of the curriculum about week 16 because it approximately lined up with our ongoing studies. I had initially considered incorporating my 5 (almost 6) year old daughter into this program as well, but aside from the videos, it was just a lot to ask of her. As a result, it was just my 8 year old son using this program. Every lesson begins with a scripture and principle that usually required filling in the blanks. Most lessons we would begin with that and then move on to the reading portions. I would include the videos at other times when we were not doing school which spread the learning out over the day.
What We Thought:
My son (8) enjoys learning about history, but he prefers more action than not. He enjoyed the videos and didn't mind some of the fill-in-the-blank/copy work, but he complained about all the reading and extra writing.
I have a lot of respect for the way this curriculum is designed and the liberty-mindedness of the author. In the past few years, I have been seeing our liberties be shoved around and in some cases taken away. I know this is an important topic to grasp and look forward to my children developing understanding themselves.
I do not do well with digital products that are more than a page or two long. It seems that it gets jumbled somehow and find it difficult to keep it organized. A digital version is wonderful for using with more than one student, but I think I'm having to face a personal reality that I do a less efficient job without physical books.
For my son's age and activity level, I think he wasn't quite ready to fully digest this program. The layout and design of the text reminds me of a college class, which is something we hadn't really encountered yet. Knowing now what it entails, I will use it sprinkled into our current overview of US History and come back around to the bulk of it in a year or two.
This is a powerful resource and curriculum that would be great for middle school and high school ages. To use it with elementary ages, I would highly recommend getting the physical books and allowing for ample planning time. I would also recommend the book Chain of Liberty as an important read for every parent, whether or not you use the curriculum. It puts our freedoms and our current political climate in perspective in a way I've never really heard before.
There are 60 families reviewing this product, including the other years and levels. I would encourage you to read some of their thoughts to get a broader impression of how this curriculum can work in your home. Check out the reviews through the link below: