Drive Thru History Adventures REVIEW

Drive Thru History Adventures
Y'all, we love history in this house. History has been a passion of mine since I was knee high to a grasshopper, seriously. Mr. B also really enjoys history, specifically Ancient History. That's why we were both ecstatic to get this review for Drive Thru History Adventures!

Drive Thru History Adventures is a subscription based service where you have online streaming access to the wonders of Drive Thru History, and an amazing curriculum to go with it.  For this review, we received a 1-year membership. 
Drive Thru History Adventures
Ok, so a lot of you have heard of Drive Thru History, so what makes this so much different? You have family access to a lot of content! There's Ancient History, which is what we focused on. Then you have American History, and Bible. In addition to that, there's also Drive Thru History Adventures TV! This streams across multiple devices, including both Android and iOS based devices. You can even stream with your TV using Chromecast. This way, your whole family can watch together, providing educational and family appropriate content with ease on your television. (This was our preferred mode of watching....)

Adventures TV is also great on the go. Mr. B can stream over his iPad or iPhone in the car, at the doctor, or even in the hospital. Even though to him, he's just watch TV, he's actually completing schoolwork, even when the situation wouldn't normally allow for it. He can watch the programming, and I have him work on the extra curriculum things later.

Which brings me to how we used this. You can choose to just watch the videos, or you can watch the videos and do some worksheets, or you can choose to dive right in to all of the curriculum activities. We chose a middle of the road approach between watching them and doing printed worksheets and diving right in. I didn't always have Mr. B read all of the additional readings. Sometimes I would read them before he got started, and I'd summarize for him. If you are doing this with a high school student, the additional readings would be fantastic! Going at this pace, we are almost a 3rd of the way through Ancient History Adventures, which covers ancient Rome, Greece, and Asia Minor.

The videos are an average length for a family program, so Mr. B occasionally needs a break here or there. So a 45 mins video might takes up 90 minutes to complete. The 1st lesson took us a bit of time. We spent 2 or 3 days going over the video, mainly because Mr. B wanted to keep watching over and over. Then we spent a couple of days working on the worksheets. After that, a few days are spent on the additional activities like Digging Deeper, or the additional reading. Usually, Mr. B would want to spend a day drawing pictures or relaying back to me everything he had learned in that lesson. 

An Inside Look
This is a screen snip of the video on my PC. I did reduce screen size to capture more. You can watch this in full screen mode, which is what we do, usually. 

I like how the photos and other resources are organized together, under the video. I'm glad there's no additional tabs to go to, or anything like that. It makes for an easy to follow course. 

The suggested reading is also included on the same page as the video, and this one has an included PDF, too. 

The discussion questions are great! We used them for mainly oral discussion, but you could do them as written essay questions, too. 

I love the worksheets!!!!!! I print these out the night before, and we work through them together. 

The worksheets have some really good questions that are both concrete and straight forward, like this one, and others that are more abstract that focus on critical thinking. 

I like how the sections are separated by photos of the same topic. 


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This is a great subscription! There's so much to do with it, and you can take it anywhere. It's great for special needs learners. It's great for families, and anyone else who just likes to watch factual, Bible based history programs. The curriculum resources are a great addition. David Stotts does an amazing job of bringing history to life by visiting the places we are learning about in the videos, and he does so with a sense of humor. My son was ugly laughing over David Stotts "getting lost" in Rome, only to find out the attraction was closed anyway! It's that sort of down to earth, fun, and lively experience that makes this curriculum work! 

Does Bytes of Learning Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

You watch at your leisure, within  the confines of your subscription, and you also have access to Adventures TV so that you can take it with you on a number of device platforms. You can choose your episodes independently, and you can choose to use, or not use, the additional curriculum resources.    

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

There are no hidden fees, but you are bound to the time restraints of your subscription. This is good for all ages, and perfect for families! 

3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long? 

It's not boring. Mr. B has a hard time sitting still sometimes, so I do allow him to pause and take breaks as needed. The videos are very much like other documentaries in length. 

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

This includes a lot of history components! There's also additional reading and comprehension style questions so you could also include that. In addition to history and reading, you could use the discussion questions as writing prompts to get in a bit of Language Arts! 

Please see what my fellow Crew mates had to say over at The Homeschool Review Crew! 
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