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Drive Thru History Adventures Review

Is your History curriculum boring?  Do you need to spice it up and get your kids excited about History?  Would your kids like to go on a fun adventure?  Would you like to see your kids (or the whole family) learn something new while they take a field trip through History right from their living room?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I encourage you to check out Drive Thru History Adventures from Dave Stotts and his terrific History Curriculum.

Drive Thru History Adventures

Drive Thru History Adventures

Online Subscription (Yearly or Monthly)

3 History Courses

Ancient History, American History, Biblical History

Adventures TV

Easy Accessible

24 hours a day 7 days  a week.

Courses:

Drive Through History Adventures has 3 History courses to choose from that cover American History Adventures, Ancient History Adventures, and Bible History Adventures.  These courses are based on the Drive Through History TV series and are presented from a Christian Worldview.  Your subscription gives you unlimited access around the clock 24/7 to all three courses to use at your convenience.  You can choose to do one course, or do all three.

Ancient History Adventures (12 weeks)

Covers Empires of Greece, Rome and Asia Minor

American History Adventures (12 weeks)

Covers Early American History From Columbus to the Constitution

Bible History Adventures (18 weeks)

Covers the Life of Jesus

Visit 50+ locations in Israel

Here is a short video by Dave Stotts explaining his mission with Drive Thru History Adventures.

For the purpose of this review, I will focus on the Bible History Adventures.

Bible History Adventures

Lessons:

There are 18 lessons in the Bible History Adventures curriculum so far with plans to add more.  The lessons focus on the Life Of Jesus of Nazareth written in The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) of the Bible and include:

Episode 1: The Historical Landscape

Episode 2: The Announcements

Episode 3: Jesus is Born

Episode 4: Jesus Grows Up

Episode 5: Jesus Starts His Ministry

Episode 6: Jesus Returns to Galilee

Episode 7: Jesus Begins His Miracles

Episode 8: Jesus Teaches with Authority

Episode 9: The Sermon on the Mount

Episode 10: Jesus Travels the Sea of Galilee

Episode 11: Jesus Travels North

Episode 12: A Final Trip to Jerusalem

Episode 13: Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem

Episode 14: The Last Supper

Episode 15: The Trial of Jesus

Episode 16: The Crucifixion of Jesus

Episode 17: The Resurrection of Jesus

Episode 18: Who is Jesus?

Each lesson is a combination of videos, readings, photographs of historical places, historical people, architecture, art, illustrations, famous quotes, discussion questions, optional downloadable worksheets, and a dig deeper section that helps expand the subject material for older or upper level students.

Dave Stotts takes you on location to learn the history of Jesus of Nazareth’s life, the events that took place, and a close look at why over 1/3 of the world’s population believes he is who he said he was, the Son of God and Savior of the world, and why they follow’s his teachings.  He proves why Jesus is the most important person in history for over 2000+ years.

Here is a shortened example of the kinds of videos and information you will find in this curriculum.

In addition to access to all three History curriculums for the entire year, the Drive Thru History Adventures subscription also gives us access to the Adventures TV program extras.

Adventures TV:

Dave is a TV star.  He has had his own TV series called Drive Thru History for many years.   His program appeals to both Christians and non-Christians, because of all the travel adventures, architecture, culture, and unique exploration of history in each episode.   For subscribers of the Drive Thru History Adventures curriculum, he has given free access to many of his other videos available on Adventures TV.  You can view Adventures TV from your computer and mobile devices.

Our Experience

For the purpose of this review, we are focusing on the Bible History Adventures curriculum.

We have both older kids and younger kids in our family.  We used the curriculum differently depending on their age.  The older kids used the full curriculum on the computer.  For our younger children, we connected the TV to the computer so they could view the videos together in the living room.  The younger children only used the videos and discussion questions of the curriculum.

The Bible History Adventures curriculum covers the life of Jesus written in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John of the New Testament in the Bible.  These are called The Gospels.  The kids go on an adventure to discover who Jesus is, what his life was like and what was going on in the world at that time and since, and why Jesus is so important in the history of the world even today after 2000 years since his birth.  The kids get to go on a virtual field trip and visit 50+ locations in Israel.

I thought it might help to show our readers some examples from the Bible History Adventures lessons.  So below are screen shots from Lesson 1.

Examples from Lesson 1: The Historical Landscape

We started out with a 27+/- minute video to watch.

Dave Stotts is adventurous, serious at times, engaging and funny and he has a special way of making the process of learning History interesting.

It is wonderful to see all these amazing places he visits as he explains what took place.

After the video, there is a famous quote that relates to the learning. 

Next is a photo on location.

Next is a summary of the learning.

There is a bible scripture (s) study.  The lesson gives the Scripture Reading and what verses to focus on.  It offers an in-bedded bible or “bible box” for reading the verses within the program as you do the lesson. You can select what version of the bible you want to use and adjust the font size for ease of reading.  Having the verses listed right in the lesson is helpful.

There are examples of famous art and additional historical information.

Next is more historical information.

Next are discussion questions.  The questions can be answered individually or discussed as a group with the family.

The discussion questions as well as the lesson summary and other info is listed in PDF format for printing if desired.

Printing out the downlable PDF’s are a great way to keep a record of the learning adventure.  It is also a great way for older students to practice writing their thoughts out in paragraph or essay format.

Finally, each lesson has a Dig Deeper section for additional reading and research for older students.

We love using this curriculum.  For our needs we opted to use our bible and favorite online bible, rather than the provided scriptures within the “bible box” offered in the lessons.   Sometimes you just need the bible in your hands while you read, and at other times, the online bible works great too.  The online bible we use is free, and we can choose any version to read from in any language, and even compare scriptures in different versions to improve our understanding, and search related key words etc.

Another reason we like the online bible is that it puts the verses up on a whole page and we can adjust the font size and it is easier to read. Another advantage to the online bible we normally use, is that it has an option to “read the verses out loud”.  Over the years, the read aloud option has helped the children read along and get a better understanding.  Another free bible resource we use also looks various words or subjects up in Hebrew or Greek and defines the true meaning of those words and shows how they are used through out the entire bible so you get an incredible deep understanding of the message Father God wants you to know.  I love these extra features when using the online study bible.

After starting this review, my kids were sent some suveniers.  Dave Stotts sent them Drive Thru History Adventures patches and stickers and an autograph signed picture of Dave on location in front of his Jeep. The older boys took possession of the patches right away to put on their outdoor adventure back packs.  The younger kids put the stickers on their folders.   I just wanted to mention this to show that Dave goes the extra mile to reach out to people and encourage them.  My kids were encouraged by his outreach.

Dave makes himself available to families through the use of social media.  One way he does this is through a Facebook group for families using the curriculum.  He also reaches out in other ways and you can leave a question for him through his contact form on the website.  I am very grateful that Dave is so personable and interested in real relationships with people.  You can see that he has remained humble and approachable even through he is so popular.

Final thoughts about using this program:

We really love the work Dave Stotts has done in both the Drive Thru History TV series (which we have been a fan for several years) and the new Drive Thru History Adventures curiculum.   Dave has a way of presenting historical facts in a fun memorable way.

In Bible History Adventures, Dave drives from place to place to over 50+ locations and takes you along for the ride.  The amount of historical sites and information covered is incredible!  The lessons are as short or as long as you want them to be and they are flexible.   Whether you use the bible provided in the popup box in the lesson to study the scriptures, or use another bible study resource is up to you.  Whether you verbally answer the discussion questions or print out the worksheets and write the answers in essay form is up to you.  You can access the curriculum 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as it is convenient for you to do so.

Most of my kids are audio visual learners and this curriculum fits their learning style.  My younger kids are able to enjoy the videos about historical places, people, and events, while my oldest son who likes to read on, is able to dig deeper and do the additional research he enjoys.   And with the annual subscription, we get to enjoy all of this wonderful history curriculum (Ancient, America, and Bible) for a full year.

Dave Stotts and Drive Thru History Adventures is a great way to spice up the learning and a sure cure for boredom.  There is something for everyone with this curriculum.

Discount Specials

There are several discount specials going on right now.  There is a free 7 day trial offer, and for new annual subscriptions Dave Stotts is offering a free set of DVD’s from Drive Thru History Adventures called The Gospels.

There is also a 20% off discount offer available for readers of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

Check out both resources to see the current offers and find one that fits best for your family.

Social Media

Dave Stotts is very active on Social Media.  Be sure to check out Dave and Drive Thru History on their social media for all the latest special offers, products, and updates.

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Drive Thru History Review

I have a terrific DVD set of exciting, riveting, hold on to your seat adventures to tell you about!

Drive Thru History® has a new captivating series called Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” that my family has enjoyed reviewing, and I am certain you will learn more about real events that took place when you see history come to life this way. 

Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels”

3 DVD’s

18 Episodes

1 Study Guide

Who is the most significant person who ever lived?  Why is he or she significant?  People around the world agree that Jesus is the most significant. This series takes you on a historical and geographical journey of the life of Jesus.  It points to Jesus as the most significant person who ever lived because he changed the world in ways no one else has ever done.

18 Episodes on 3 DVD’s:

Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels” contains 18 episodes on 3 DVD’s.  Each episode is about 1/2 hour in length and can be watched on any DVD player device.   These videos cover history, archaeology, geography, and art surrounding the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  The list of episodes includes:

Episode 1: The Historical Landscape
Episode 2: The Announcements
Episode 3: Jesus is Born
Episode 4: Jesus Grows Up
Episode 5: Jesus Starts His Ministry
Episode 6: Jesus Returns to Galilee
Episode 7: Jesus Begins His Miracles
Episode 8: Jesus Teaches with Authority
Episode 9: The Sermon on the Mount
Episode 10: Jesus Travels the Sea of Galilee
Episode 11: Jesus Travels North
Episode 12: A Final Trip to Jerusalem
Episode 13: Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem
Episode 14: The Last Supper
Episode 15: The Trial of Jesus
Episode 16: The Crucifixion of Jesus
Episode 17: The Resurrection of Jesus
Episode 18: Who is Jesus?

Dave Stotts takes you on a journey like you have never experienced before.   He is a most interesting and funny tour guide.  Grab your snack, I mean “backpack”, put these DVD’s into your DVD player, imagine you are joining him and hop into his jeep and go exploring!   He makes you feel like you are right there with him and he is talking to you!  

Hang on for the ride!  These episodes go by fast and are jam packed with fascinating information.  Dave takes you with him to 50 locations in ancient Israel to explore the truth about the life of Jesus and see history come to life first hand.

Through out these videos, Dave helps you and your family explore specific locations recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  The bible comes to life right before your eyes.  People of all ages will become excited to dig into their personal bible study because they can “SEE AND HEAR” the truth and it will resonate with them.  No one can deny the truth in the scriptures when they experience it first hand and see for themselves what was written down about Jesus two thousand years ago.  These videos are a fresh way to open the eyes and ears of people to see the truth in the scriptures.

Study Guide

After watching each episode, we spend a few minutes going over the short summary and questions for that specific video in the 118 page study guide. The guide has full color photography, a summary of the video, and 5 questions for each video.   This step is not required but will help your understanding and deepen the learning experience.

Who Needs This?

  • Homeschool Families
  • All Families
  • Grandparents
  • Movie Night
  • Church
  • Clubs
  • Schools
  • Nursing Facilities
  • Do you need a gift for any occasion?  Would you like to see ancient Israel with fresh eyes?
  • Would you like to teach your kids, friends, neighbors, and even strangers about Jesus in a real way that connects their life to his when he walked the earth and the message he taught those with eyes and ears to listen and see the truth?
  • Would you like to have a natural witnessing tool about who Jesus is that doesn’t feel like you are hitting folks in the head with a bible?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then YOU NEED THIS!

Ready To Ride?  Then Drive Thru History® is ready to take you there!

We have enjoyed the videos from Drive Thru History® so much.  Dave has a great sense of humor when he is out roaming around the world and it helps you relate to him as a regular normal guy.  He gets your attention.  These videos have helped deepen our understanding of who Jesus is and the life he lived on this earth.

Hopefully when you take “this ride” into history, you will see the truth in the bible.  The only way to heaven and eternal life with God our Father is thru JESUS!  He is the door.  We must believe in him and accept him as our savior and Lord of our life.  Nothing else in this life matters more than that step of faith.

Drive Thru History® is an exciting way to deepen your experience studying the bible and points you toward Jesus.  It is a visual and audio method on the “big screen” that is the dominant way most people experience learning in our modern world.  In the past we have also visited Bible museums that “recreate” locations to give you a hands on experience and this has encouraged our faith too.  But to see and hear Dave Stotts share the bible on the real locations in Israel, and tie specific scriptures and events and places together is an invaluable piece in deepening our understanding of who Jesus was and is and is to come…the king of all kings…and the Lord of all Lords…

One day soon every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus the only begotten son of God is the savior of mankind and Lord of all.

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