Pandia Press FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about our products and home school curriculum.

If you don’t find the answer to your question here don’t hesitate to contact us.

What is the difference between History Quest and History Odyssey?

History Quest is our history series for students for grades 1st though 7th. It consists of a read aloud (or independent read for older students) chapter book for children. The accompanying study guide, when paired with the book, creates a complete one year history curriculum. The History Quest study guide is a multiple resource approach that combines history with geography, activities, and writing.  There is a history Travel Log activity with a timeline/geography exercise that pairs with the imaginary time travel in the History Hops from the chapter books along with activity ideas, literature readings, writing and comprehension exercise, map work.  At this time there is History Quest Early Times, History Quest Middle Times, and History Quest United States (recommended for grades 3rd through 7th).  The last book/study guide to be written/released will be History Quest Modern Times, which will pick up in world history where History Quest Middle Times left off for a total of 3 year long book/study guides of world history. 

History Quest has gradually replaced our original History Odyssey Level 1 series for elementary students over the past few years. In September, 2019 we retired History Odyssey Ancients Level 1 and replaced it with History Quest: Early Times Study Guide. History Quest: Middle Times Study Guide replaced History Odyssey Middle Ages Level 1 in August, 2020. In August 2021, History Odyssey Early Modern Level 1 and History Odyssey Modern Level 1 were replaced with an updated and combined version in the form of Modern History Bridge.  Modern History Bridge is a one-year study guide that completes the three year cycle of world history of History Quest. It will eventually be retired when History Quest Modern Times is released. 


History Odyssey (previously known as History Odyssey Level 2) is our history study guide series for middle school and high school. History Odyssey study guides will transition your student to independent learning with minimal assistance from a parent or teacher. Students learn information organization, literary analysis, research skills, and writing skills through reading some of the the greatest literature for each time period.  They learn outlining, timeline analysis, geography, and critical thinking through daily lessons with worksheets and backline maps included.  The History Odyssey series consists of 4 years of world history study including Ancients, Middle Ages, Early Modern, and Modern. 

What is Modern History Bridge?

Modern History Bridge is a compilation and update of parts of two History Odyssey study guides which were previously offered by Pandia Press: Early Modern Level 1 and Modern Level 1.  The History Quest series, first published in 2019, replaces the Level 1 History Odyssey series for elementary grades.  Early Times, Middle Times, and United States are the first three books in the History Quest series. Together they cover human history from pre-history through the start of the early modern period as well as a history of the United States including civics. Modern History Bridge serves to complete the three-year world history cycle covering events from the end of Middle Times through modern history.

Modern History Bridge is a complete one-year curriculum guide that combines history with activities, world geography, great books, and writing covering Colonization to the Modern Age. 

After completing Modern History Bridge, your student can move on to the History Odyssey series (a series for students in grades 6 and up) or can complete History Quest United States.  Modern History Bridge will eventually be replaced by History Quest Modern Times when it is available. 

Can I use Pandia Press books and study guides with my co-op, class, or group?

Yes!  Parents and teachers use History Quest, History Odyssey, and REAL Science Odyssey with great success in group settings. 

There are two ways to use the books/study guides with your group.  Each family can purchase their own copy of the book/study guide that will be used.  If each family has purchased their own copy, no further license is needed for your class. Another option that is  available for most of our titles is a License to Copy (LTC) which allows you to print copies of the student pages for a specific number of students.  We do not have a license that allows for any sharing of digital productions between families via email or other means. LTCs are not available for the History Quest chapter books, Biology 2 Textbook, teacher’s guides, timelines, and stickers.  If you would like more information or have any questions about our LTC or using our products with your group email 

When are more REAL Science Odyssey, History Quest books, or History Odyssey Study Guides going to be available?

New Policy on the Discussion of New Releases

In the past, we’ve discussed tentative publication release dates based on the best information we have from our content authors, copy and technical editors, artists and designers, and printers. More often than not, there are unforeseen setbacks that cause a slip in the schedule, affect the whole publishing process, and move release dates further out than our earlier projections. Therefore, we have started a new policy of no longer talking about new product release dates until we are within a month of publication. 

REAL Science Odyssey

We are committed to completing the R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey series of courses. At this time, no courses are within a month of release. 

History Quest

At this time, no History Quest publications are within a month of release. The next History Quest to be released will be History Quest Modern Times.

History Odyssey

At this time, no History Odyssey publications are within a month of release.


May I print copies of the digital curriculum that I purchase from Pandia Press?

Yes, you have permission to print copies of the digital items you purchase from Pandia Press for use with your own family. You can print on a personal printer or have items printed by a professional printing company as long as it is for personal use.

We recommend Hard Copy HQ for your printing needs as they have all Pandia Press books on file and offer a discount of 10% to print individual books or 15% for bundles. (In order to have your item printed with Hard Copy HQ you need to first purchase the digital product from Pandia Press. Printed copies of digital items are not able to be resold.) 


Where can I meet other people who are using History Quest, History Odyssey, and REAL Science Odyssey?

In addition to our website, the best place to learn about our products is on our Facebook page: Pandia Press Facebook.

Also, there are three Facebook groups run by Pandia Press writers and customers: History Quest Teacher’s Lounge,  History Odyssey and REAL Science Odyssey


What is new about RSO Biology 2 Second Edition?

The second edition of RSO Biology 2 was released in August of 2020.  The changes from the first edition are mostly cosmetic with just a few minor changes in content.  The first edition student book was a combination of both the student text and the work pages all in one very large book that was a little difficult to manage. In the second edition, the student book has been separated into two parts There is the perfect-bound, softcover student text book that is in full color and non-consumable. There is also a separate coil-bound, consumable student workbook. You will need both parts to complete the course. If you have more than one student, you can easily use one copy of the student text book and  have as many workbooks as needed. Both parts are available as print copies or as PDF files. 

A Teacher’s guide is also available and recommended, especially for the parent/teacher who is a science novice.  The second edition of the teacher guide has been edited to correspond with the new format and page numbers of the second edition student textbook and workbook. 

What is the status of American History Odyssey?
After many months of research and listening to customer wants and needs, we made the decision to pull American History Odyssey from distribution so we could revamp the course. The revised edition will include expanded Native American and African American history and will offer additional resources from a range of American voices. These changes will add more diversity and more coverage of marginalized groups throughout US history. We are being diligent with this update and expansion and we don’t have a release date as of yet. 
What's the difference between a duplex and a simplex eBook file?
For the courses that contain blank sheets on the back sides of many pages, we offer simplex and duplex eBook file options. (If no option is indicated, it is because there are little to no blank pages in the course.) In a duplex file, all blank pages are included in the eBook. Duplex files are intended for printers that will automatically flip a page to print on the back side of the paper. If you have a simplex printer (one that prints on only one side of the paper), then you might prefer the simplex version of an eBook . In simplex files, all of the blank pages have been removed.


What are the Extra Student Pages?
We offer convenient, cost-saving student pages for most RSO courses. The Student Pages provide an additional copy of all of the pages from the course that are consumable. For RSO Level 1 this includes all of the lab worksheets and all of the “For My Notebook” reading pages found in the main textbook or eBook. For RSO Level 2 this includes all of the consumable pages from the main textbook or eBook: lab sheets, research worksheets, coloring lesson pages, and tests & quizzes. The Student Pages are intended for those using the course with more than one student, or for those who do not want to “mark up” the pages found in the main text. They do not provide anything “extra” to the course.



Are your courses written from a Christian viewpoint, or are they secular? Is evolution, climate change, or biblical creation discussed in your courses? Is Pandia Press aligned with Common Core Standards?
If you are looking for solid secular curricula and resources that encourage critical thinking, inquisition, and investigation, you have come to the right place! Our publications are not written from any political or religious point of view and do not posit religious beliefs as factual.

A scientist whose only agenda is to teach real science and present science facts and theories that are accepted as core by the science community writes each REAL Science Odyssey course. Therefore, RSO is not from a creationist’s viewpoint and does not politicize science issues. Scientific inquiry and theory based on empirical and measurable evidence are understood to be valid and standard science in all our courses. RSO Biology 2 has an entire unit on evolution. RSO Astronomy 1 and 2 address universe origins including big bang theory. RSO Earth & Environment courses include material that teach the science behind climate change.

History Odyssey and History Quest are secular-based. Various religions and their belief systems are discussed in detail in History Quest and in all of our History Study Guides as they had influence on the history of humankind. However, we do not assign any readings from books, such as Story of the World, that may appear to have a faith bias, or that overtly or subtly present historical events as divinely influenced.

Common Core Standards (CCS) are language arts and mathematics national standards created for public school. The “Next Generation Science Standards” are the public school standards for science. Pandia Press is independent of public education. However, REAL Science Odyssey, History Odyssey, and History Quest exceed public school standards.

Why is History Odyssey so different? Why is it not written like a textbook?

You may have noticed, History Odyssey is different; different even than the textbook-style of our science courses. Our unique approach to history has to do with the subjective nature of history studies. History Odyssey courses are study guides that organize and carefully lead students through multiple resources that encourage critical thinking including literature, geography, encyclopedias, the classics, hands-on activities, artwork, poetry, music, primary source excerpts, etc. History Odyssey is anti-textbook by design and we’re happy you noticed! 

What is happening to History Odyssey Ancients and Middle Ages Level 3 courses?

The revised edition of Ancients 3 is complete! Also, we now offer an Answer Key for Ancients 3.

The current History Odyssey Level 3 Middle Ages course is being phased out to be replaced by a new updated edition at some point in the future. The print version of this course are no longer available. The eBook edition is available from Pandia Press at a much reduced price for a limited time. A new edition of the main spine for Level 3 History Odyssey was released in 2015, and it does not match the sequence of Level 3 Middle Ages. We could not in good conscience continue to offer courses that require our customers to work to match the sequence to the main spine.

Are you planning to write more History Odyssey Level 2 Teacher Guides?
Modern Times 2 Teacher Guide, available as an eBook, is a test product to determine if more teacher guides are warranted. History Odyssey was written with the intention of NOT requiring teacher guides due to the subjectivity of the assignments that encourage critical thinking (i.e. there is rarely any one correct answer). Answer keys to map work are found in the main spine (The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia). If MT2 Teacher Guide proves to be popular, we will consider creating more. Please do not email requesting a release date as there are no more Level 2 Teacher Guides in the works at this time.
Can I use Level 2 courses for high school?
Yes! Many high school students are using Biology 2 and Astronomy 2 successfully. We recommend high school students pair The Stargazer’s Notebook with Astronomy 2. And for Biology 2, if you complete the entire course including all microscope labs, it is entry high school level. Blair Lee explains exactly how to make Bio 2 a more advanced high school level in a blog article: Using RSO Biology 2 for High School Biology.

Also, many high school students are using History Odyssey Level 2 courses for high school with little to no modification. The current History Odyssey Level 3 courses (Ancients and Middle Ages) should be considered advanced high school level. American History Odyssey is standard high school level.

How many high school credits can I award for History Odyssey Level 3 guides?
Pandia Press is not an accrediting agency and does not offer high school credits. However, an accrediting institution has informed us that each level three course would count for at least one full history (social studies) credit, one full literature/writing (English) credit (if a formal writing course is added), and possibly a half credit for geography. Many customers have told us that their high school accredited institutions have approved HO courses.
What writing courses do you recommend to complement History Odyssey?
We recommend courses that teach thesis writing, research papers, and how to write essays–literary, expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive.

Specifically, we recommend the following:

Where can I purchase the supplies needed for REAL Science Odyssey? or, Can I make my own rock kit for Earth & Environment 1?

Home Science Tools now sells supply kits for most RSO courses!

Select a course from the Pandia Store to view specific supplies needed.

A Rock and Mineral made specially for RSO Earth & Environment 1 can be purchased from Rainbow Resource Center. If you want to put together your own kit, you will need samples of: Talc, Magnetite, Mica, Pyrite, Feldspar, Quartz Crystal, Granite, Basalt, Snowflake Obsidian, Conglomerate, Sandstone, Shale, Marble, Slate, and Schist. Plus, you need a streak plate or unglazed kitchen tile.


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