Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TOS Review: The Pilgrim Story

Who needs another Pilgrim study? We do! Amy is truly enjoying this. I think it's been one of her favorite review products. 

"The Pilgrim Story teaches children about one of the most important times in our nation’s history. It is America’s foundation. This self-guided, interactive history course teaches students the true history of the Pilgrims from original sources. The Principle Approach method of education is used, which holds a providential view of history. Students are taught the importance of Christian character and other biblical principles, such as self governance, hard work, and perseverance. Students also learn the biblical principles of Christian liberty.

Lessons include: King Henry, Geneva Bible, Liberty of Conscience, Leaving Leiden, Conditions on the Mayflower, Building Christian Character, the Mayflower Compact, and much more. Students witness the providence of God in the lives of the Pilgrims and the founding of America. This interactive, self-paced course consists of five units totaling 17 lessons complete with assessments and ideas for further study. Appropriate for grades 3-6.

Activities in the course include crafts, application, live action, map-making, and much more—all designed to get students involved in the learning process. Principle Approach students are taught to think and reason from biblical principles and apply them to every area of life, so reasoning questions are also included.

Each lesson takes between 30 and 45 minutes to complete. Enrichment activities will take additional time. Students learn to manage the notebook, an important element of a Principle Approach education. Each lesson also comes with student note sheets and a vocabulary list.

This engaging online course culminates with a virtual field study to Plymouth, MA."

This is a self-paced study for 3rd through 6th graders.
$99.00 for six months' access to the program

Our Experience:
We were given plenty of time to finish the course.  The access is for 6 months from the registration date.  No need to hurry; but, we definitely want to finish before Thanksgiving.  Amy is doing about two lessons a week.  Each lesson takes Amy close to an hour to complete.  Right now, we are not doing the enrichment activities, but we may add some of them as we continue the study.  She has enjoyed The Pilgrim Story so much, she does much of it on her own. 

There is much more background information about the Pilgrims than in other resources that I have utilized with Amy.  The study begins with King Henry and moves through the timeline of their lives  including reasons for leaving England, their time in Leiden,  their eventual journey to the New World, and the Mayflower Compact.  We really enjoy history in our home, so all the background information is terrific.

Amy likes the video presentations, but she really likes the printable worksheets that help her to take notes, learn vocabulary, and study.  She is making a notebook that she can feel proud of.  I think that using the computer to study on her own is a plus for Amy.  She's learning to work independently this year.  The Pilgrim Story is helping with that.  I really like the emphasis on God's providence.  The Principle Approach is perfect for this study.  I also like that Amy is not only gaining greater understanding of God's hand in history, she's also learning to study.
Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.
May I suggest?
 King Alfred's English:  A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do


  1. We use the Pilgrim studies in our home schooling,sometimes it can be very difficult-- but we all in the end find a great lesson learned--thanks for the review

  2. We have really enjoyed The Pilgrim Story at our house, too. The notebooks have turned out to be a great resource.


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