Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Mystery of History Review

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When we first started homeschooling 3 years ago I was first introduced to The Mystery of History.  It was exactly what I was looking for in a Christian History Curriculum.  In that time we've worked our way through the first 3 volumes (almost done volume 3).  This school year Volume 4 was introduced and I'm so excited to start using it this coming year.



About The Mystery of History:

It is a Classical approach to history.  There is writing, reading, research and hand-on activities for each level.

It is Chronological.  If you start with book I - you literally start at the beginning.

It is Christian based.  Author Linda Lacour Hobar shares faith throughout all of the text.

It is for Multi-level teaching.  The book breaks down activities for younger students, middle school aged and high school level.

How We Used It:

When we started I had a 5th grader and a 7th grader.  Now they are just finishing up 7th and 9th.  The way that works best for us is to have Mom (me) read the text.  While they kids use the notebooking pages (sold at BrightIdeapress.com) to take notes.  They do a few activities lined out in the text each week depending on our time schedule - the idea is to have a solid activity each week, and that usually means a writing assignment of some sorts.  (When they were littler we did more hands-on things like building pyramids or making volcanos!)

At the end of the week we use the Pretest provided as a quiz and do any additional worksheets that go with that week's lessons.  This has worked well for us and the kids retain a lot of the information.  For volume I we kept a timeline which was a load of fun too - and can be done for other volumes. 


My Thoughts:

I love that this is a complete course.  They have thought of everything you need to make the course a wonderful experience.  The kids love it because it is written to them in a conversational style. We have found it opened our minds to learning more about history as we did additional research on different topics.  We have taken a little longer with each book than one traditional school year because we sometimes branch out.  For example when we studied the Egyptians we did a few extra activities which took a few weeks longer.



78 comments:

  1. Volume I, because that is what I plan to use this year.

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  2. I have not used MOH, yet, but am going to be using it this coming year.

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  3. I would love the Middle Ages volume! :)

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  4. I would pick probably 3, because it's the next one in the set, but I might do 4 instead because of some of the other things we've covered and what I feel my kids are lacking.

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  5. No but I have heard a lot about it!

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  6. We have used Volume 1 and have enjoyed it. - Lori

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  7. If chosen as the winner, we would love to get volume 2 for when we finish up with volume 1. - Lori H

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  8. I'd pick volume 4 since thst will best suit our plan for the year.

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  9. We used Mystery of History volume 1 a couple of years ago and loved it.

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  10. I would choose Volume 3 or maybe volume 4. I need to double check our objectives for the year to make a better choice if I won.

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  11. I used Mystery of the History volume 1 with my daughter. We used the lower elementary grade activities in addition to the resource CD.

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  12. Yes we have loved volume 1 we are finishing it next week!

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  13. We have used MOH Volume 3 with one of our girls. Would love to use Volume 4 with out boys as we begin to embark on Modern History this year.

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  14. I have volume 3. I love them. What a great history program.

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  15. we love mystery of history!! we are using volume 2 this coming year, so we would love to get volume 3!~

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  16. Volume 2 because we're in Volume 1 this year!

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  17. we have used volume 1 and the first half of volume two.... we took a year off and now we are starting over with volume two!!

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  18. I would choose volume 4 because we have done 1 & 2. We are doing volume 3 this year!! :)

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  19. I'd love volume 4!

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  20. We enjoyed using volume 2 and are now getting ready to use volume 3.

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  21. We are currently using volume 1 and we love it!!!

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  22. We are currently using Volume 1 and love how easy it is to read and use. We're making our first timeline, too. I love the variety of activities she has to choose from.

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  23. Jennifer FreemanJuly 21, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Volume 3, we hope to start it after the Christmas.

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  24. Jennifer FreemanJuly 21, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    We have completed Volume 1 and we're on lesson 25 in Volume 2.

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  25. Volume 3, we are in need of that one next. Loved our time in MOH so far!! I can highly recommend it to everyone!

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  26. I have never used MOH but am so excited to start in a few weeks!

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  27. We have completed Volumes 1,2, and currently working through Volume 3

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  28. I would like to win Volume 4!!

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  29. We have worked through half of Vol 1.

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  30. Volume 2 would be such a blessing to my family! Thank you for having a giveway!

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  31. We just finished Vol 1 and LOVED it!

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  32. Thanks so much for the give-away! Love MOH for so many reasons. We would love to get Volume 4 if we won. We finished up Volume 1, and starting Volume 2 this year. We already have Volume 3 for use in a future year ;)

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  33. We have never used MOH, but would love to try it! Heard lots of good things about it, and it looks great!

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  34. I have the first 2 volumes and would love to win #3 !!

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  35. I haven't used them much yet, but the children love to read them! I've used the first volume a little so far...

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  36. We have used Volumes 1 and 2.

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  37. I really need volume 4....hope I win!

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  38. Thank you for sharing this wonderful giveaway, Lisa! We have used volumes I-III and are looking forward to volume IV this year. We would love a copy of volume IV! ;-)

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  39. I will be using volume 2 this year.

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  40. We are finishing vol 2 and starting 3 this year. We did vol 1 / 2 last year so we would love to win volume 4 since it's the only one we don't have :)

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  41. I love Mystery of History audio cd too.

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  42. I like to get volume 3

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  43. Volume 4. We have gone though Volumes 1 & 2 and are part way through Volume 3. Love this curriculum!!!!

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  44. Thanks for doing this giveaway! We have done volumes 1-3 and look forward to volume 4!

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  45. I would choose #4! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  46. We would love volume 2, as that is the only one we still need. Thank you!

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  47. We love Mystery of History. We are about to start on Vol. 2 so I would like to win Vol. 3. Thanks so much for the giveaway !

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  48. We would love volume 2, as that is the only one we still need. Thanks! BR Miller

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  49. We start with Vol 4 this year, Love MOH!

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  50. I love the wide scope this History provides.

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  51. This looks amazing! I'm excited to start using it!

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  52. We haven't used MOH yet, but we will.

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  53. Volume 2. We have really enjoyed volume 1.

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  54. We are using Volume 1 right now and love it

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  55. I would love to win volume 3 or 4. Neither were out when we went through the books the first time years ago.

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  56. We have only used volumes 1 and 2 because those were the books that were out at the time we first went through them. We are now going through them with my youngest who is entering 9th grade.

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  57. No we have never used this but looks awesome and something my daughter would love.

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  58. We have used the first 3volumes with our daughter and she has loved them! She is excited to read Vol. 4 this year. I love the timeline that she has added to every year.

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  59. We have also used these for years. I'd love to win volume 4.

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  60. I would love to win Volume 2.

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