Universal History, The Middle Ages, US History & World History Curriculum Reviews

This article is in collaboration with Pathwayy to Liberty.

Are you looking for a new history curriculum for your family? Would you like a history curriculum where all your children could be working on the same material at their own level. If so, Pathway to Liberty may be just what you need. Members of the Homeschool Review Crew have been learning history while using products from Pathway to Liberty. The company offers products for four time periods with four different levels. The time periods are:

  • Pathway to Liberty’s Universal History
  • Pathway to Liberty’s Middle Ages
  • Pathway to Liberty’s US History
  • Pathway to Liberty’s World History

The curriculum comes as either a physical product or a digital download. The physical product is meant to be used by one student. Families who purchase the digital download can print as many copies as they need for their family.

Jayme MacCullough founded Pathway to Liberty. She authored The Chain of Liberty, Do Men have a right to think for themselves?, a book for students of all ages. She developed Pathway to Liberty as a comprehensive History curriculum for students of all ages.

Pathway to Liberty provides a Biblical worldview, puts Christian History in terms of world events, and understanding the principles America was founded upon originally. Each year of the curriculum has four levels:

  • Level 1 is for K5 – 3rd grade
  • Level 2 is for 4th – 6th grade
  • Level 3 is for 7th – 9th grade
  • Level 4 is for 10th-12th grade.

Level 1 requires more parental involvement than the other levels and is designed for early elementary students. Students use age-appropriate books and literature studies to learn history. The concepts are taught in a simplified manner. Copy work and simple writing exercises may be adapted to the student’s writing ability.

Level 2 is for older elementary students who are capable of reading and writing fluently. Application of principles is encouraged. Weekly, students will write 1-2 paragraphs and will start learning research skills. Some of the reading assignments will coordinate with level 3, while the reasoning, writing, and literature choices are age-appropriate.

Level 3 is designed for middle school students and requires more in-depth reasoning as well as logic and applying principles. Students write 2-5 paragraphs weekly and apply research skills they are learned to reports.

Level 4 students gain rhetorical mastery of their lessons. This level helps solidify their worldview and assists them in articulating their lessons. Level 4 is for advanced High School Students with most of the textbooks being college-level. This level provides 1 credit of History, 1/2 credit of Bible, 1 – 1 1/2 credit of English. The History and Literature assignments are on an adult reading level. Writing assignments will help prepare students for a college or professional environment.

Each year provides a Student Guide and a Teacher’s Guide.

The Student Guide includes an introduction to the curriculum, step-by-step instructions on How to Use the Curriculum, a course outline, weekly lesson plans, student assignments, daily study guide questions, writing options, and vocabulary words.

The Teacher Guides include an introduction to the curriculum, step-by-step instructions on how to use the curriculum, Lesson plans that integrate the Bible, History, Literature, Geography, and Writing. Teaching objectives and weekly overviews are also included. The Teacher’s Manual is strongly recommended for extra teaching support for all four years of the curriculum. This manual includes Pathway to Liberty’s Vision Statement, the company’s 4-year overview, and Educational Philosophy. Additional writing sources, word study, vocabulary, devotional and research models are included as well. Each week includes multi-level lessons plans, the Weekly Scripture, History (including lesson plans, maps, vocabulary, and writing assignments), word studies, and an Expanded Reading Chart.

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A big thank you to Patti Pierce of Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy for writing this introductory article.

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