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A Young Historian's Introduction to World View
A Young Historian's Introduction to World View

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Worldview for Kids
You absolutely need to teach your children how to evaluate life with respect to world views. It is critical for social relationships and for the understanding of current events, and it is absolutely mandatory for grasping history. Your history program may or may not occasionally reference world views, but unless you purposefully make it your goal that your children understand what a world view is, they just may graduate with a disturbingly weak understanding of why wars are fought, how rulers obtain power, and how certain cultures are debased while others are glorified.

Engaging Discussions and Hands-on Activities
A Young Historian's Introduction to Worldview is the most complete, most accessible, most child-friendly program we have ever encountered. Through engaging discussions and hands-on activities, your children will use deductive reasoning to recognize that the same set of observations can be interpreted differently based on the world view of the interpreter.

Looks at Twelve of the Most Well-Known Religions and Philosophies
Four fundamental world views are presented: naturalism, pantheism, monotheism, and polytheism. Contained within each of these are a variety of specific religions and philosophies; the course will be looking at twelve of the most well-known. Because each of the world views is presented matter-of-factly, it is up to you, the parent, to discuss and solidify your own family's values through the numerous Table Talk sections.

Provides Answers to Questions Many Adults Have Yet to Resolve
A Young Historian's Introduction to Worldview uses stories and hands-on activities to graphically illustrate the differences in world views and to further simplify this complex topic. By the end of the course, your young children should be able to answer these questions: Who is man and what is his purpose? Who or what is God? Why is there evil and suffering in the world? What is truth and how is it acquired? Amazing! These are questions most adults have yet to resolve!

Your Child Can Learn to Discuss World Views
A Young Historian's Introduction to Worldview includes a ninety-page workbook and virtually everything you will need to complete the course. Technically, this course can be completed in four lessons, but I think most families would find it more doable to divide each lesson into two to four sessions. It is hard for me to gauge ages for this one. Ten and older should readily grasp the ideas, but I would think that with a slower pace and a bit more repetition and explanation, even a six-year-old could follow the concepts and begin a routine of discerning the world view behind the motivation of all he encounters. Highly, highly recommended.

Publisher's Information
Author: Marcia Harris Brim
Pages: 90
Binding: Spiral
Consumable: Yes **
Reproducible: Yes **
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Brimwood
Made In: USA
Faith-Based: Yes

** While the publisher gives permission to reproduce the notebook for use within your family, the kit contains additional materials such as a small box and 3D glasses. To use this kit with multiple children, you will need to either find a way to share these resources or locate comparable materials locally.

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Glad this resource is available on Timberdoodle! September 16, 2014
Reviewer: Jim E.  
My family and I are not strong Christians, yet we appreciate Timberdoodle's resources as being very good. I much prefer to have my kids exposed to a variety of world religions, and this book did an excellent job of providing a balanced and accurate view. I will definitely keep this one on the shelf to pull out again from time to time.

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Good info, needs editing October 10, 2011
Reviewer: Virginia Morgan from Greenville, IL United States  
I love the information in this book. I want my kids to have an understanding of world view, and this book provides a solid grounding in precisely that. The activities are interesting, and the concepts easy to grasp. However, the book is not organized well. There are mistakes and typos both in the book and on the review cards that come with it.

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  6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Stands out to me as the best of all August 23, 2010
Reviewer: Catherine from Perkasie, PA  
Over my many years of homeschooling, Timberdoodle has become one of my favorite catalogs, mainly because they have lead me to so many unique, quality materials. But the one that stands out to me as the best of all is this Young Historian's Introduction to World View. In my over 20 years of homeschooling this is the first curriculum that I have been inspired to recommend whole-heartily. It is a clear presentation of ideas, simple enough for middle school students to grasp with ease, but not 'simple' in its content. I learned much doing this with my 12 year-old son, and I have studied world view on an adult level. This curriculum would work well as a first introduction at the middle school level, but it would also be a great start to a world view course on the high school level. The hands on projects are not just a 'add-on craft,' but an important part of making the topics clear. The stories are engaging and helpful in explaining the concepts clearly. All in all, I found this to be a vary valuable addition to our homeschool. I recommend it to anyone interested in adding a world view class into their curriculum at any middle school or high school age. I also recommend the history curriculum produced by the same author, An Overview of Western Civilization, as continuing the great work started in A Young Historians Introduction to World View.

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Our family's perspective December 4, 2008
Reviewer: Lori H. from Washington  
As parents, many of us will spend our children’s growing up years instructing them in the Christian faith, which is good and right.  But, how about inoculating them with an understanding of how Christianity compares and contrasts with other worldviews?  

In our family, we have strived to teach our children sound Christian doctrine.  We also planned for each of our children to take worldview courses in high school because the subject of worldview seemed too lofty for us to approach until then. Well, that’s not the case anymore.  With this curriculum, parents and children can engage in a concrete and understandable worldview study together--and do it well before the high school years.  

This immensely rewarding curriculum has many facets.  First, it’s a worldview primer, but the content is not juvenile in the least.  Parents will be pleasantly surprised by how much they will learn right along with their children. Second, this course is a tool for helping students of history get beyond the questions of who, what, when and where to discern the whys behind historical events.  Understanding and contemplating the whys makes the study of history much more meaningful.  For example, “Why did so and so’s worldview drive him to conquer a neighboring country?”  Third, this curriculum is a stimulant for dialog.  It has taught our family to ask thoughtful questions of friends and relatives in order to discover and discuss world views.  Along the same lines, this study has challenged me personally to get beyond those “pat” Christian answers, and practice articulating my faith in a deeper, more descriptive way.

If I may, I would like to make a gentle appeal here to parents who feel apprehensive about exposing their children to other worldviews.  Please let me encourage you… God is very BIG, and God makes a lot of sense!  While our children are with us, there is no better venue than the home for wrestling with hard questions about faith, and seeking deeper answers about life in this crazy, mixed-up world.  


The course is broken into four long lessons, but there are plenty of good stopping places for pausing each day.  Our family took either seven or eight days to complete the course and spent an average of about 45 minutes per day for lessons, which included me reading the literature activities aloud to my children.  Once you start this study, it’s important to keep the momentum going.  We accomplished this by doing the lessons on a Monday through Saturday. Then, we picked right up again the following Monday.

This course would be great for both parents to do along with the children.  However, if Mom and kids are doing the course during school hours without Dad, plan to do each of the four Table Talk discussions with Dad in the evenings.  Table Talk is the built-in review, and took our family about 15 – 30 minutes each evening, depending on the lesson.  One preparation suggestion:  During the second Table Talk, parents are asked to communicate to their children the evidence they have for their beliefs, and how they believe this evidence for their worldview is true and reliable.  If you haven’t had to “…give the reason for the hope that you have…” for some time (1 Peter 3:13-17), consider spending personal time in prayer and jotting down important thoughts in advance.  This way, you’ll make the most of the opportunity to share from your heart in the context of this study.

In regard to age appropriateness, the course is slated for ages 10 and up, which is ideal. I agree with Timberdoodle's review that younger children (ages 6 –9) could grasp many of the concepts with a slower pace, repetition and explanation (and with a parent or older child assembling the hands-on activities).  However, I personally would recommend you hold off using this curriculum until you have a few children who are ages 10 & older.  The result will be more thought-provoking discussion, more effective interaction for the activities, and better retention because the information will be more meaningful to children this age.  Additionally, I would recommend keeping a steady pace with your older children through the lessons, and reinforcing or reviewing with younger ones at a separate time during the day.

I do have one caution for families who are including children younger than 10 during a run of this course:  Some of the literature activities (stories) contain material that is written for a more mature audience, both in terms of comprehension ability and subject matter (thus, the recommendation for ages 10 & up). Before embarking on read-aloud time with younger ones, it would be wise for parents to preview the stories for age suitability.

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