When I first researched The Mystery of History, I was blown away by how many components there are to the program. What I love so much about it, is that you can really pick and choose how you use this curriculum. There is no right or wrong way. You can use as much or as little as you like of these free printables for the Mystery of History to really make it your own!
The Mystery of History Curriculum
The Mystery of History curriculum is a four-volume world history series created for homeschoolers that is written with a Biblical worldview. It also supports the classical approach of studying world history chronologically.
Plus, it was created to be used by large families with children spanning from 1st grade through high school. This means that you’ll find extra research activities for older siblings and plenty of hands-on projects for younger kids.
The Mystery of History Volume 1 covers from Creation through the Resurrection, or from the beginning to 33AD.
The Mystery of History Volume 2 focuses on the Early Church and the Middle Ages, or the years 30 – 1456 AD.
The Mystery of History Volume 3 discusses the Renaissance and the Reformation. It also covers the Growth of Nations. The years covered in volume 3 are 1455 – 1701 AD.
The final volume of The Mystery of History Volume 4 covers the time period of the Wars of Independence to Modern Times or 1708 – 2014 AD.
Family Use of Mystery of History
The Mystery of History is written in a conversational style with fascinating stories. Because it’s written with different age groups in mind, it’s an easy curriculum to use with your entire family. High school students are given research projects, while younger grades can enjoy age-appropriate activities.
Using Supplemental Resources
For some people that are on a budget, they may purchase the text or audio books used, and then want to come up with their own extra supplements and resources to make a full, well-rounded curriculum. I know there have been times in our homeschool life where I had to piece-meal many things together to save money. There are other times when I have been super busy, it was a great blessing to spend a little extra on the components so that all the work was done for me.
If you like to save money and put things together yourself, or are on a tight budget, you may be searching for some free printables to go along with your history spine. If that is you, you have come to the right place.
Check out all these awesome free printables and resources to go with The Mystery of History books.
The Mystery of History Planning & Portfolio Pages
If you’re worried about how to use and plan The Mystery of History, don’t be! Here’s a link to some amazing planning and portfolio pages that you can use with the curriculum. The planning and portfolio pages are at the bottom of the post, so be sure to scroll down.
However, there’s a wonderfully detailed discussion of each volume of The Mystery of History as well.
The planning pages include places for planning videos to watch, books to read, notebooking pages, map practice, quizzes and tests, and so much more. So, if you’re interested in using The Mystery of History with your kids, be sure to check out The Mystery of History Planning & Portfolio Pages.
The Mystery of History Notebooking Pages and Timeline Printables
Notebooking pages and timeline printables are a great way to supplement the study of historical events. Kids can record what they’ve learned on the notebooking pages and create a personal history book of everything they’ve learned.
The timeline printables are the perfect way to help children keep the timeline in their heads. It’s too easy to become confused and mix events in history. The timeline helps to keep things straight, especially when you’re working with younger children.
Ancient History Notebooking Pages and Activities. These packet has over 100 pages and is absolutely perfect for Volume 1. It’s also free!
Bible Story Printables has some great resources that line up perfectly with Volume 1: such as mini-books about different events in the Bible. There’s also a free Bible timeline that you can use with your kids to keep track of important events.
Bible Timeline Cards – The timeline cards are perfect for younger children to use to write down what happened at various times. You have the option of timeline cards which include pictures or blank timeline cards. You can also mix and match.
Bible Notebooking Pages – These Bible Notebooking Pages are great for older children to record what they’ve learned about various history figures and events.
The Mystery of History Timeline Figures
My Homeschool Printables has some really adorable Timeline Figures for each volume. These timeline figures are great for different age groups. And they’re a great way to keep track of your study of history. The figures come from different parts of the world and are perfect for helping your kids follow the events of the time. Note: These timeline figures used to be free, but are now a paid resource.
- Volume 1 Timeline Figures – These timeline figures are perfect for studying ancient and Biblical history. They will help all kids, especially younger students, to understand how Bible history connects with events during ancient times.
- Volume 2 Timeline Figures – You’ll find historical figures such as Saint Paul, Charles Martel, and Genghis Khan that coordinate with the second volume of The Mystery of History series.
- Volume 3 Timeline Figures – You will continue to find a Christian perspective with the third volume. These timeline figures include Columbus, Da Vinci, and Cortez.
- Volume 4 Timeline Figures –, Karl Marx, and George Washington are just some of the figures that you’ll find in this set of timeline figures. The timeline figures cover both world history and American history.
Free Coloring pages for Each Volume
These coloring pages are a lovely addition to your study of world history. Kids will be able to color pages that include Biblical History, the Early Church, American History, The Growth of Nations, and Modern Times.
- Volume 1 Coloring Pages – You’ll find a beautiful selection of coloring pages for young children.
- Volume 2 Coloring Pages – The coloring pages include pages that correspond to Pentecost, Robin Hood, and the Samurai.
- Volume 3 Coloring Pages – If you’re studying volume iii with different age groups, then you’ll want to pick up some coloring pages.
- Volume 4 Coloring Pages – Younger grades find it much easier to sit quietly and listen to volume iv when they have coloring pages to keep their hands busy.
The Mystery of History Book Lists
One of the best reasons to use The Mystery of History curriculum is that you can supplement the volumes with other great books for your children to read. You’ll find some great book lists for putting together your own reading resources for each volume:
Preschoolers and Peace has some great lists for each volume that are broken down by read-alouds and independent reading:
- Volume 1 Book List – This list includes wonderful books about ancient times. These books correspond to what you’re learning about in volume i.
- Volume 2 Book List – These books cover the Early Church and the Middle Ages. The reading level of the books ranges from books an average first grader can read to books appropriate for high school.
- Volume 3 Book List – The books which correspond to volume iii include I, Juan de Pareja, The Courage of Sarah Noble, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
- Volume 4 Book List – This list is in chronological order and covers modern times.
The Mystery of History is one of my favorite history curricula, and I love that I can use it with multiple ages! You can grab all of the volumes published by Bright Ideas Press from The Mystery of History website. There are audio cds, mp3 downloads, and print books. I love the flexibility to choose what will work best for your family.
Publisher Created Add-On Resources
If you are looking for resources that were created specifically to use with The Mystery of History, you will love these printables. They are not free, but well-worth the price in my honest opinion.
The Mystery of History Publisher Printables
Challenge Cards for each Volume of The Mystery of History:
These are great for working on memorizing facts, reviewing for quizzes (if you do the quizzes, they are totally optional!), games, and more.
Coloring Pages for each Volume of The Mystery of History
There are 36 weeks of coloring pages included in each volume. There is one coloring page per week that captures all the details from the lessons learned in each particular week. There’s even an answer key to help students “find” the three integrated stories of the week.
Notebooking Pages for each Volume of The Mystery of History
The notebooking pages are my favorite feature of their supplemental resources. They offer three different styles: ruled and un-ruled blank pages (great for written narration and summarizing the events in each lesson), fillable pages that can be typed in using Adobe on a computer, and a notebook page that has open-ended questions that require research and writing (an answer key is included!).
- Volume 1 Notebooking Pages
- Volume 2 Notebooking Pages
- Volume 3 Notebooking Pages
- Volume 4 Notebooking Pages
Folderbooks (Lapbooks™) for each Volume of The Mystery of History
Have you ever made a lapbook? When my children were in elementary we used lapbooks and they loved making them. Lapbooks are perfect for the hands-on, creative kid who has a mom that is not into crafts (that’s me!). The finished product makes a great keepsake. Students will cut, color, fold, and assemble for a folderbook for each quarter, by volume.
You can enjoy The Mystery of History as a family, and you can truly use it in so many different ways – so be sure to explore all the extra publisher add-ons to find what works best for your family. When we used it, we simply read the text and used the notebooking pages. My youngest enjoyed coloring the weekly pages as well. Have fun with it; you may even discover that you love learning about history like we did!
Sara Dennis is a veteran homeschool mom of six who’s still homeschooling her two youngest kids after the older four have graduated, entered college, and moved on to adult life. She blogs at Classically Homeschooling.