Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum
The best thing about being part of the Homeschool Review Crew is getting to try out different curriculums I have not heard about yet. Two months ago I was introduced to a “new to me” company called Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum.
My family was given the chance to try out and reviewPathway to Liberty’s History Curriculum, and we chose Pathway to Liberty’s Universal History, Year 1/ Level 1.
We were also sent Chain of Liberty ebook. We however chose not to use that portion as many talks about understand the founding principles of the United States. As Canadian homeschoolers, that is just not what we need. However I did give it a flip through, and I think it would be a great book for US Citizens “who desire to understand the history of liberty and play a role in preserving and advancing liberty in their lives, business, community and nation.”
Who Created This Program?
I’m always interested to know who created the curriculum I’m looking to use with my children. I think its important to know what angle everything is being presented at.
Pathway to Liberty was created by Jayme MacCullough. She is a Christian homeschooling mom of 5 boys. Jayme is also a speaker, she has written and leads Bible studies, educational seminars, and conferences. This curriculum was created using her 20+ years of homeschooling experience, to help simplify the homeschool day.
What Does The Week Look Like Using This Program?
Multi-level lesson plans: Each week contains 4 lessons, each taking about 20-60mins to complete. Each week also contains a link to a Youtube video about the topic.
Scripture: Students will write the scripture, principle and leading idea throughout the week.
History with lesson plans, maps and vocabulary Writing Assignments: Everything is laid out for the teacher to present to the student, but it is all designed to be adaptable to each student.
Word Studies: Jayme explains that when a student masters the language, by doing word studies, it opens up so much more to the student. They begin to understand the information at a new level. Word studies help illuminate understanding & increases reading comprehension just to name a few benefits.
What Materials Are Required?
We were sent the digital teachers guide, and digital student guide. If you would like, you can instead purchase the physical guide. Do know that the physical guides are intended to only be used with one student, where as the digital copies can used for your whole family.
Some other books that are required for Year 1 Level 1 include:
- Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary
- NIV Bible-study Bible is recommended.
- Genesis: Finding Our Roots by Ruth Beechick
- In the Days of Noah by Gloria Clanin
- Usborne World History: Ancient World by Fiona Chandler
- In the Days of Noah by Gloria Clanin
- The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky
What Will We Be Covering with Pathway to Liberty’s Universal History, Year 1/ Level 1?
During the 26 weeks in Pathway to Liberty’s Universal History, Year 1/ Level 1, you will be covering Creation to Ancient Greece. This program is created to help teach your child to think and engage biblically.
How Did We Adapt This Program To Work For Our Special Needs Child?
When working with a child who is extremely bright, but has limited communication and fine motor skill issues, I am always adapting programs.
I used the Doman Method approach to present the materials in this curriculum. Using Google Drive, I created word cards for my son using the vocabulary works for each lesson. I also created homemade books using the course content. Because asking him to answer detailed questions is like asking a penguin to fly, its not fair to go about his education this way.
Carefully I made sure I had not dumbed down the program at all. However I present it to him and trust that he understands what we are talking about and them move on to the next thing.
As for the YouTube videos, we skipped them. The ones we tried did not hold my son’s interest at this time. Honestly I felt like they were created for much older children then the K5-Grade 3 crowd this program was created for.
Warning for Sensitive Children
While I don’t often sugar coat things for my children, and I’m pretty straight forward with them, I did find some of the images used in the program on the scary side.
My Overall Thoughts
In my opinion this program is designed for a more studious child. I’m not sure I agree that this program is designed for K5 to Grade 3 age range. As a mother of 3, who also runs a home daycare working with children on a daily bases. None of my children or the ones I have cared for would be ready for this program at 5 years old. Even at nearly 7 years old, this program is still very heavy for my almost 2nd grader. We have had to pare it down greatly.
However if you have a precocious child, and want to teach them a heavily biblical based history curriculum, Pathway To Liberty might be the way to go for your family.
What To Hear More?
50+ other Homeschool Review Crew members were given the chance to review several different levels of Pathway to Liberty Homeschool Curriculum. Click the link below to read about how other families used the program!