The Pilgrim Story is the creation of Mary Stauffer, a 3rd grade teacher at Dayspring Christian Academy. It was created to teach the real story, the true history of the Pilgrims through original sources. This is an important period of history - one which created the foundation of America. The Pilgrim Story is an online course which is self-guided and interactive through an online slide presentation.
You pay $99 for a 6 month subscription that begins within 2 days of purchase and you can progress through the course at your leisure within those 6 months. The course is created for grades 3 through 6 and teaches them lessons which are combined into units. There are 5 total units all containing 3-6 sections/lessons. Each lesson will take between a half an hour to three-quarters of an hour depending on the child/children. If you do any additional activities or crafts they will take some additional time to complete as well.
The lessons were created by Mary Stauffer, but are spoken by a man who has a very engaging and clear voice. The lessons are very thorough, historically accurate and are based in Scripture while emphasizing character education. There is minimum teacher preparation on your part because it has all been done for you. All you have to do is to print out the resources (vocabulary sheet, worksheets, quotes, principles, etc.)
At the end of each lesson there is a review 'quiz' which is multiple choice and allows them to show off what they learned in that lesson. Each new lesson begins with review from the previous lesson. These lessons are taught using the Principle Approach. For those of you who may not know much about the Principle Approach it is where the Bible is your central resource to teach. All the while history is presented from the perspective of God (not man) while you identify causes and effects of issues.
I was just as excited to use this program as the girls were. I love history and this is one of my favorite time periods of history. So we planned to use the program during nap time so that we could listen without being disturbed too much. I would generally be doing some light cleaning in the kitchen or dining room so that I could hear the lessons while the girls sat and watched and worked.
As you progress through the lessons some topics have multiple points and one of the girls would click on the slide to reveal sub-topics that would be then taught. It would bring up great eye catching screens some looking like a virtual world while others looked like an interactive timeline. There are also short reviews which are similar to a pop quiz.
Even though this has been a bit slow going the girls have really enjoyed The Pilgrim Story I suspect that when we get to the hands-on projects they will LOVE doing them also. Each day while they were doing their lesson they would remember who had odds or evens the last time that way they would switch and each would get a chance to be the 'first' one to click the slides (they would click only odd slides or only even slides so that both had the opportunity to 'be in charge') and pause when and if necessary.
One thing I did not like as much was that there wasn't a central location to be able to get all the resources that needed to be printed. You have to enter each lesson and then on the first slide there was a tab that you could click on and download the resources. I also didn't like that each resource (vocabulary sheet, note sheet, quote sheet, etc.) had to be downloaded individually. I think it would be better if there was a "Download All" for this lesson if they can't make a central place for the downloads to be. It would also be nice to have knowledge of ALL the books that will be used so that you wouldn't have to go lesson by lesson to figure them out.
Other then that I think this is a great program full of accurate history based on the Bible. That is one thing I have really enjoyed more then anything in this program - it's emphasis on the Bible. I am happy that my girls are hearing about the reliance on God that the Pilgrims had and that is how this country was created - with a reliance on God.
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