Here are some of the most commonly asked questions (and their answers) about the History Revealed curriculum. But if you don't find your questions (and answer), please use the Contact Us form at the bottom of every page to give Diana a shout. She loves connecting with homeschooling families!
First, this curriculum brings a Judeo-Christian perspective to the study of world history.
Second, it is designed with the four-learning styles in mind, bringing an excitement and enthusiasm to the study of history for EVERY learner.
Third, because we approach history studies from many different subject areas (such as geography, literature, music, art, etc.), the student will have a much broader grasp of the events and people of history, as well as a far better retention of the material. This is one form of what is often referred to as “Unit Studies”.
Fourth, this curriculum offers an individualized program which allows for the differences in students’ interests. This is not an “everyone must read these two pages and answer these questions” style of curriculum.
Fifth, since history is best understood from a chronological perspective, we start students at the very beginning, Creation, and bring them step by step over a three year period to the 1950’s.
Sixth, many families have reported to us that using our curriculum brought such joy to learning that it transformed their homeschooling entirely. Can you imagine having fun while learning history??? This is the place to start!
For the teacher: Approximately 3 hours total prep time per chapter. That's 3 hours a month! The amount of time spent with your students will vary with each family.
For the students: Minimum of 3 hours per week.
Yes! The Student Manuals include many references throughout the pages of the books. The Teacher Guides also include a calendar in each unit.
Yes and no. Since every student has gaps in every subject, it is presumable that our students will too. However, because our curriculum encourages understanding of the flow of history, students will be better equipped to fill in the gaps!
Yes, History Revealed provides a 3-part, chronological overview of world history from Creation through the Korean War. The complete curriculum is designed to be studied over the course of 3 years, one period per year.
Yes! Our world history curriculum is "family friendly" — the entire family can study the same era of history together, but all working at their own levels.
The History Revealed curriculum is like a buffet. No one would expect to go to a buffet and eat all of the different types of food ... you would be sick! A buffet is designed to provide you with the option and choices so that you can select what is best for you.
In the same way, our curriculum is not designed for you to do everything we suggest ... if you tried to, you would go crazy! History Revealed is designed to enable you and your students to select the suggestions that work best for you!
The curriculum lists many books so that you have options. ANY book that you want to read or can locate will provide valuable information. The books listed are good options if they are accessible in your area because Diana has previewed them for you.
There are fabulous out-of-print books available ONLY through the library.
• It is cheap to use! (Free is a very good price.)
• It teaches students how to find information, which, in our Information Age, employers list as one of the top qualities they need in an employee.
First, it allows students to learn visually, auditorally, kinesthetically.
Second, it gives an integrated, “Big Picture” approach to learning, rather than isolated “factoids.”
Third, it allows more retention of information.
A Test Booklet is offered for each period of the History Revealed curriculum. The Test Booklets are designed to be used by older students who are using the Student Guide. They only tests the sections that all students would likely encounter — the intro materials from the CDs and the article. An answer key available for each Test Booklet. However, we believe most homes school families do not need the tests.
After the first phase, (in the following three phases) no student will be able to fulfill a "correct" answer for all the varied activities that are available. There are too many and cover too broad a sweep of information. Students will be pursuing a particular topic that they have chosen, and the way in which they pursue it is their personal choice.
We believe in Education That's Relational. So, in the Teacher Guides we teach you how to assess fairly the various sorts of presentations your students will be offering and provide model templates to help in your assessment.
A typical textbook that had no answers would be a sad piece. But a non-typical or non-traditional curriculum like ours requires a a different approach.
History Revealed Approach to Questions
When we write a definitive question, such as in the Test Booklet, we offer the answer. In the Student Manual, however, we do not ask students to recite or rehearse answers to somebody else's questions.
Our DISCUSSION QUESTIONS from Phase One of each unit are meant to involve students more actively in what they have been hearing and reading. This step is normally absent in most curricula!
Asking questions here is NOT for the purpose of identifying how much students memorized from the CD's or articles! This is NOT a test. This is a strategically placed opportunity for students to say, "Wow, I wonder how that works?" (or something to that effect). Questions are designed to energize students to become actively involved in looking things up, asking their own questions, formulating ideas and opinions.
Example of a Discussion Question
Some of the questions draw students into considering what it would have been like to have lived during that time.
For instance, "The fire that destroyed much of Rome during Nero's reign caused Nero to need a scapegoat (an innocent substitute to take the blame). Why do you think he picked on the Christians? Would you want someone like Nero to be the ruler in your country? Why or why not?"
This is an open-ended question. Why do YOU think Nero picked on the Christians? Your thoughts on this question might be different than mine, which might be different than my neighbor's. But if it gets students considering, even passionately defending why they think Nero used Christians as scapegoats, suddenly they have a vested interest in learning MORE about Nero and this time period. THAT is my goal!
Why Not Provide Answers?
If I put answers to these types of questions in the Teacher Guides, it would reduce considerably the "Sherlock Holmes" factor — the desire, the hunger, to discover what they are interested in knowing.
Now, let me hasten to say that students are not supposed to answer EVERY question. The point is not to see how many questions they can answer. The point is to have a rousing discussion time, where even ONE question causes students to want to become excited and eager to learn more. Having the answers in the back of the book would defeat that very purpose!
Helping Teachers Assess Student Answers
Instead of offering answers, we train you to assess their presentations, both in the Teacher Guide and in the How-To DVD. There is a section of explanation, an offering of model templates to choose from. The DVD includes a section on fair evaluations for this kind of approach.
Ancient Civilizations & The Bible
- What in the World? Audio CD, Vol 1
- Ancient Civilizations & The Bible Student Manual
- Ancient Civilizations & The Bible Teacher Guide
OR, get best value and additional helpful tools by selecting the Essentials Pack, which includes all three titles above + Test Booklet and Upgrade Pack (includes Quick-Start Guide, Rubrics Set for grading/assessing creative work, and Basic Lesson Plan)
- True Tales Volume One
- Digging Deeper Volume One
- Ancient Civilizations & the Bible Test Booklet
- Ancient Civilizations & the Bible Binder Builder
- Ancient Civilizations & the Bible Elementary Activity Book (for younger students, approx. grades K-4)
If you don’t have access to a good library, you may want to consider one of the Ancient Civilizations & the Bible Book Packs:
- Ancient Civilizations Economy Pack
- Ancient Civilizations Basic Book Pack
- Ancient Civilizations Deluxe Pack
We do not sell these at dianawaring.com or Diana Waring Presents, but the friends at Rainbow Resources do.
Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries
- What in the World? Audio CD, Vol 2
- Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries Student Manual
- Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries Teacher Guide
- OR, Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries Essentials Pack
- True Tales Audio CD, Vol 2
- Digging Deeper Audio CD, Vol 2
- Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries Test Booklet
- Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries Binder Builder
- Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries Elementary Activity Book (for younger students, approx. grades K-4)
- All Glory, Laud and Honor Audio CD (A Capella hymns — historically arranged)
World Empires, World Missions, World Wars
- What in the World? Audio CD, Vol 3
- World Empires, World Missions, World Wars Student Manual
- World Empires, World Missions, World Wars Teacher Guide
- OR, World Empires, World Missions, World Wars Essentials Pack
- True Tales Audio CD, Vol 3
- Digging Deeper Audio CD, Vol 3
- World Empires, World Missions, World Wars Test Booklet
- World Empires, World Missions, World Wars Elementary Activity Book (for younger students approx. Grades k-4)
Diana Waring's History Audio CDs are rich with a variety of information, stories, and investigatory content to accompany each section of the History Revealed world history curriculum or to enjoy simply as interesting information and stories for history lovers of any age.
What is Covered in the History Audio CDs
- Volume 1 of each set covers the Ancient Civilizations & the Bible (ancient history) period
- Volume 2 of each set covers the Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries (middle ages history) period
- Volume 3 of each set covers the World Empires, World Missions, World Wars (modern history) period
- What in the World CD sets include 4 CDs per volume of foundational material for each period of history. These CD sets are required for study with each period of the History Revealed curriculum.
- True Tales CD sets include 3 CDs per volume. Each set includes captivating stories of events and biographies of key figures from each period of history. These CD sets are not required for study of the history curriculum but provide fascinating supplementary material.
- Digging Deeper CD sets include 3 CDs per volume. Each set includes more in-depth discussion of fascinating facts from each time period. These CD sets are not required for study of the history curriculum but provide fascinating supplementary material.