I have homeschooled for a long time. We graduated our first homeschooler in 2018 and are homeschooling our last daughter now. Throughout the years in our homeschool I have tried a lot of curriculum. I MEAN A LOT. I have a room full of bookcases of such materials, even though I have gotten rid of a ton of it.
Much of it didn’t work out very well for us, but there were times I found a gem and cried when the curriculum was completed – all available volumes were used up. The Mystery of History is one of them. I didn’t really cry, but I wanted to. You can read my history curriculum review here.
I am going to talk more about how we use The Mystery of History in our homeschool as well as offer you the The Mystery of History Planning & Portfolio Pages for FREE!
I was never much of a history fan when I was
learning in the public school system. My history class was dry and boring. I only recall timelines and a lot of date memorization of events I couldn’t even name today. When it came to teaching my children history, I was a student learning from scratch just as they were.
After we used various curriculum with our first daughter (we have two girls) I was able to formulate a much better plan for our youngest. I have had a few things planned for specific grades since she was BORN and The Mystery of History is one of them. It has been difficult to wait until she started fifth grade to cycle through it again, but the excitement has been building and we begin in the fall.
I started planning out fifth grade in January. Yes, January! With excitement I made curriculum shopping lists and scoured my bookcases to see what I already had. I grabbed my copy of the first volume of The Mystery of History and noticed it had seen better days. I have 3 friends who have used it and returned it.
But guess what? The Mystery of History Volume I third edition is coming out this summer and is ready for pre-sale now! It’s a beautiful, hardcover, full-color book just like the newer volumes of The Mystery of History III and The Mystery of History IV.
I have in mind all that I want to do as we cycle through The Mystery of History again and started making notes and lists in my notebook, but if you saw my stacks of spiral notebooks, you would think it was a crazy idea too. How in the world would I keep track of that?
Instead I decided to create a printable planning page I could save on my computer for easy access. Then my planning page turned into quite a project and suddenly I had a beautiful layout of planning pages that I could use to plan our journey through The Mystery of History.
I would have bought these had they existed to make my planning easier, along with the fact that you can use these pages to document history as a subject in your portfolio. I have decided that I would prefer them to be a blessing to other homeschooling families though, so I am sharing them with you for FREE.
Beginning with the Creation of the world, The Mystery of History four-volume series teaches world history in chronological order. It is written from a Christian worldview in a conversational tone that makes it much more enjoyable than a dry history textbook.
Volume I covers Creation to the Resurrection (c. 4004 B.C. – c. A.D. 33) in 108 total lessons with 3 lessons each week plus a review, exercise, quiz or test at the end of each week. We used the folderbooks to create a MOH lapbook available from the publisher as well as the notebooking and coloring pages for this volume.
You can get access to the FREE Planning and Portfolio Pages for The Mystery of History Volume I at the end of this post.
The Mystery of History Volume II spans the Early Church and the Middle Ages (c. A.D. 33 – 1456). It’s broken down into 4 quarters/2 semesters, and 28 weeks. The text is longer in this volume and includes 84 total lessons with 3 lessons each week with a review, exercise, quiz or test at the end of each week. Remember, you can do as much or as little as you want when using The Mystery of History.
This volume starts lesson one at Pentecost. By then end of the first semester you have traveled through Paul’s Missionary journeys, learned about the martyrs of the early church, studied about Nero, Constantine, the Mayans, Attila the Hun, and so much more.
You can get access to the FREE Planning and Portfolio Pages for The Mystery of History Volume II at the end of this post.
The Mystery of History Volume III was my favorite volume. I think I am just a lover of knights and castles and reading books about the Medieval Times. This volume covers history from The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations (1455 –1707) in 84 total lessons (3 lessons a week). This volume starts at The Age of Rebirth (1455-1521).
The lessons in Volume III are longer than both Volumes I & II. The amount of reading in this volume ranges from about 3-6 pages per lesson. Woven throughout the lessons are full color pictures, sketches, and artwork from this era.
We discovered early on that we preferred notebooking as written narration with many of our subjects, so we enjoy reading the text aloud and then we use the notebooking pages to summarize what was learned. My daughter was already in 7th grade when using this volume, so she was capable of reading it on her own, but there was no way I was going to be left out!
There are a lot of books that we enjoyed while using MOH Volume III, and I am glad I can get organized with our reading list ahead of time using the planning pages. Thankfully I saved them and they are on our bookshelf!
You can get access to the FREE Planning and Portfolio Pages for The Mystery of History Volume III at the end of this post.
By the time my daughter finished Volume III, she was starting ninth grade and we switched to American History. I think it was mid-year when I heard that The Mystery of History Volume IV was releasing before the next school year (her tenth grade year). Yes, I did the happy dance.
She was glad to move on from American History and back to The Mystery of History to finish up her cycle of world history. Since she was now using MOH in high school, I did require her to take the quizzes and tests and she also used the notebooking pages for written narration. They came in handy when it was time to study, as did the challenge cards.
You can get access to the FREE Planning and Portfolio Pages for The Mystery of History Volume IV at the end of this post.
MORE Free Mystery of History Printables and Resources
If you are gearing up to use The Mystery of History in your homeschool or you are currently using it, these FREE Planning and Portfolio Pages will come in handy.
The FREE Mystery of History Planning & Portfolio Pages can be used to effortlessly plan out your history lessons for the entire year! At the end of the year you can use this for your portfolio records.
There are two lessons per page and each lesson includes the following details:
- Lesson number and title along with date or approximate date (this helps when planning your extra books and supplement additions)
- A place for notes about each lesson
- Supplement & Activity Checklists
- Notebooking Page
- Coloring Page
- Challenge Cards
- Map Practice
- Questions/Activity Sheet
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Carrie is the owner & operator of Homeschool Giveaways. She has been homeschooling for over a decade and has successfully graduated her first homeschooler. She has two girls and works side by side at home with her awesome husband. She has been saved by grace, fails daily, but continues to strive toward the prize of the high calling of being a daughter of the Most High God.
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