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.
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.
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.
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.