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The Mystery of History is a Chronological, Biblical, Complete History Curriculum geared toward 4th – 8th grade, but can be adapted for grades K-12. We had the privilege of reviewing each of the current volumes, 1-3 and will give an overview of each individual volume below.
What I enjoyed most when I first flipped through the books was that the author has made it super easy for the teacher, by breaking down each main area of teaching. This will definitely aid the teacher in getting the most out of this fabulous curriculum. In the beginning of the books it explains how to use the curriculum with younger students (K-2nd), middle students (3rd-5th), and older students (6th-8th & up). It provides details for the teacher regarding the layout of the curriculum, pretests, lessons, activities, memory cards, reviews, and exercises, as well as quizzes, quarterly worksheets, and tests. Suggestions for student notebooks and timelines are also included. The author has listed several sample schedules to show you how many different ways the curriculum can be adapted to fit your family’s schedule and different ages of your children. MOH can be taught using a 3, 4, or 5 day schedule.
Each lesson has a pretest, which will allow you to figure out if your student(s) are familiar with the upcoming material, as well as giving them a curiosity and a preview about what they are going to be learning. Each volume is a little different in regards to the length of the reading for the lessons, and I will provide details in the review of each volume below. MOH uses a cumulative review system to make sure that the material is being retained, which I like very much. Included in the lessons are historical photos, engaging projects, mapping and timeline activities, a great memory card method used for review, quizzes and tests.
The Appendix in the back of the books is very useful, containing pronunciation bookmarks, outline maps, activity supplements, and suggested books and videos to accompany each lesson. Also in the appendix are the answer keys.
It is no wonder that Mystery of History is a favorite among homeschoolers. I have come to realize what a jewel this curriculum really is. I love how you can make it fit your family by using it how it works best for you. I can’t wait to do history next year. Since it can be used for grades K-12, even though it is geared to 4th – 8th, I don’t feel like I am getting a late start with a 5th and 7th grader. I recommend this curriculum over Story of the World for a Chronological History Curriculum. The fact it weaves Biblical History through it rates it an A+ in my gradebook!
To read the rest of the review, including an extensive breakdown of EACH volume continue reading, click here!
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Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!