What does the program cover?
Texas history, geography, and government.
What is the age level of the program?
The program is age integrated to allow you to enjoy discovering Texas as a family, but it targets grades 4-9.
Is it a full-year course or a semester course?
There are 10 chronological time periods presented as separate volumes with a total of 31 chapters, so it’s very convenient to teach Discover Texas in a year. BUT by varying your selection of activities, you can easily adapt it for longer or shorter courses, since each volume is self-contained. Click the “Ways to Use Discover Texas” tab for detailed suggestions.
Is everything done on computer?
The chapter articles are read on computer so students can enjoy the graphics and browse the web links. A master file with print-out texts, vocabulary, maps, and test suggestions is also provided on the CD.
The activity guides, library lists, and field trip suggestions coordinated with each volume are described on the CD but completed offline.
The program is self-contained on the disk. Nothing actually loads onto your computer unless you want it to.
What sorts of activities are included in the program?
- Web links coordinated with each topic
- Unit studies (a variety to appeal to all kinds of student interests)
- Related topical studies
- Discussion questions for critical thinking and application of knowledge. These often emphasize character qualities and provide an opportunity to apply scripture and biblical worldview.
- Book lists for library visits
- Field trip suggestions for each volume
Is there a teacher’s guide?
Each volume has a Teacher Tips section included. This is where you will find the book lists and field trip suggestions, as well as a summary of the main ideas for the period, vocabulary lists, and other helpful websites.
Are tests included?
Suggested test questions with answer key are included in the Teacher Tips. By saving the questions to a Word document, you can adapt the tests to your students’ needs. Some parents use the Thinking More questions for oral or essay tests to help them gauge their students’ comprehension.
What are the system requirements?
Discover Texas runs best on a computer with 30 MB free HDD space and at least 64 MB RAM. You will also need an SVGA Monitor capable of at least 600 x 800 and Internet Explorer. Most modern computers easily meet these requirements.
Can I use the program on a MAC computer?
Yes. If you have Microsoft Office for MAC, the program will autoload and function just as it does on a Windows PC. Each disk also contains a PDF version of the program. If you do not have Microsoft Office for MAC, simply pull up the disk content list and load the PDF version onto your computer.
This feature is also helpful if you would like to load Discover Texas onto an iPad or tablet. Simply email the PDF version to a dropbox then download it via email to your tablet.