Philosophy Adventure by Stacy Farrell.
What is the Philosophy Adventure? Well, it’s a Philosophy curriculum, but it’s so much more than that: English Composition, World History, Geography, Speech/Communications, and Logic/Critical Thinking! There are 8 units, in which you study a different Pre-Socratic philosopher in each. My son worked on the first two units: Thales and Pythagoras. Within each unit he did philosopher study, geography study, worldview study, and writing assignments. It took a couple of weeks to go through these very thorough sections and do the assignments.
For example, here is what he did for the first section. He read about Thales the philosopher, read “Why Should I Write?”, read “Memory Matters”, read “You’ve Got to Have Style”, labeled a map about Miletus Anatolia (Modern-Day Turkey), read about The Milesian School, read about “Direct from the Source: Aristotle”, and read about Biblical Worldview. There is a timeline that could be worked on, flashcards to study, and a test to take at the end of each unit.
Here are pages 2-3 of the first unit. This section is called “Write.”
Up close in this picture you can see the specific assignment for what he was supposed to write. There are Journal pages in the Student Workbook where each question is printed with space for the answer to be written.
Each unit has some geography to learn. Below is a map my son labeled and answered questions about:
Here are what some of the Memory Cards look like:
Below is what a test looks like:
You will find a suggested schedule for what to read or do each day. But it also says to be flexible. Some days took longer or shorter than we expected, so we just adjusted. To make the curriculum (class) even more complete, Stacy suggests using Philippians in 28 Weeks as a Bible Study (where you will memorize the book of Philippians), and the literary analysis guides for The Wise Woman and Mere Christianity. I do have these but haven’t reviewed them yet.
However, here is one of the best endorsements. I told my son who is in middle school that his six weeks of philosophy study were over since my review was complete. He said he wants me to print out the rest of the pages because he wants to keep working on it! Yay Philosophy Adventure!
At the website you can find a sample lesson and a short video about Philosophy Adventure. The price is $89.95 for the Philosophy Adventure Complete Set with Resources CD, $69.95 for just the Reader with Resources CD, $49.95 for the Digital Edition of the Reader and all Resources on CD, or $39.95 to get it all in a digital download.