The Master and His Apprentices REVIEW

The Master and His Apprentices
I saw this art history curriculum from The Master and His Apprentices and thought it would be really nice to add in as a supplement to our history studies. Even though it is geared to the high school crowd as a full year curriculum, I thought it would be great for a middle schooler to use intermittently for now as an add on, then full on later. I under estimated the amount of history (and not all art related) that is within the pages! The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective is full of history goodness! 

What we did:

We received PDF downloads of the Teacher Guide and Student Textbook. When I received my download links, I printed off the first two months of material that I thought we would need to supplement our new ancient history studies. I was blown away by all of the content. I really can't say what I was expecting, but I can say I wasn't expecting full lessons on Mesopotamia and Bible history. I mean, this is full of history, and history as it relates to art during different time periods.

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.
 The questions are more complicated, lending to the age bracket this is geared for. I did have to help Mr. B some with the questions, and we skipped some all together, having oral discussions about them instead. Here's a screen shot sample of some of the more critical thinking based questions. 

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

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.  

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. 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.

This is a GREAT tie in for history! 

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