I printed each week, a week at a time. I printed the text book pages (in color) as well as the worksheet that goes with it. Now, for a high school student, this is intended to be used as a full year long curriculum. For younger grades, you can modify this in such a way to make it great to use as a supplemental course to go with whatever history they are studying at the time. We are getting in to Ancient History at the moment, so I thought this would be fantastic to use.
Mr. B, at his age (12, turning 13) did very well with an oral discussion of these questions more so than writing out his own answers. A little prompting and he was good to go.
We also expanded on each weekly lesson, so a weekly lesson actually took us a little longer than a week sometimes. For example, here we included a Bible study on Nebuchadnessar and the burning furnace.
The text is good for older students, and I would say it's right on par for the high school age range. I worked with Mr. B on the text reading, answering questions or explaining as needed. He would read the lesson (sometimes a shorter lesson) and then we'd go over the questions together and I would go back to the text to show him where the answer could be found. These are not all regurgitated concrete answers, and he has a lot of difficulty with that. So this was perfect for him to help build that skill.
Overall, this is a fantastic program. I could see this easily being used to fulfill history components, especially for portfolios. It's very convenient to just print as you need, and work a week at a time. There's enough material here to really dive in and integrate a whole year of history. It's great for as a long lasting supplement for younger students until they're older, then perhaps redo it at that time as the whole program in a year. We're definitely going to keep using this in our homeschool.
Does The Master and His Apprentices 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?
It's set up as weekly lessons, but this is a physical product (even as a PDF) so you can work at your own pace as needed for your child. You can work on what you want and need to for younger children, or work the whole course as intended for the target age.
There are no hidden fees. It's intended for high school aged children, but my middle schooler is working through as a supplement to his world history lessons.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
Mr. B does really well with it. The art work included is very colorful, and he loves reading about history. We time the lessons on his ability to maintain attention. Since this is a physical product, it's easier to take breaks as he needs.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.