The Mystery of History High School Years

A glimpse at how The Mystery of History high school years worked at my house and questions to ask yourself as you plan your high school history credits.

The Mystery of History High School Years

Homeschool High School

*Please note that different states have different requirements for establishing high school credits. Please check with your state requirements when planning. If your student is college bound then check requirements from colleges they are interested in attending.

The Mystery of History is a world history curriculum. Some states require 2 or 3 credits of world history, and 1 or 2 credits of American history. The big question becomes how do you take a 4 volume series add in the need for an American history credit and create a high school transcript. Combine that with the vastly different ways to document history credits and that leaves homeschool moms wondering the best way to construct their students’ transcripts.

I have another post on how I keep track of assignments for The Mystery of History High School.

Mystery of History High School

Linda Hobar has a scope and sequence PDF for possibilities of order of high school credits.

I firmly believe that high school transcripts should reflect the strengths and interests of the students. I don’t think there is a one size fits all to planning high school history credits. You will notice that I also do not believe that every student needs an AP level course load for every subject.

For this blog post I have 4 students, who might happen to reflect my 4 children. I will describe their interests and goals and how they completed or will complete their history credits. I should also note that each child by the time they entered highschool was on their second rotation with MOH.

The Mystery of History High School Years: Student A

  • Student A is a science guy. He likes history but his goal is to graduate college and become a meteorologist. Since his course load requires classes like pre-calculus and physics, his time is limited for other classes.
  • Yes some families do MOH vol 1 and vol 2 in one year spending a semester on each volume. This works since the lessons are shorter. The Mystery of History vol 4 was not published while he was in high school but could be completed in the Senior year. In our state the requirements are 2 World History and 1 American history credit. Since his senior year was heavy in science he did not take another history credit.

The Mystery of History High School Years: Student B

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Early Childhood Education for High School

Early Childhood Education

Since my daughter has taken Human Development from a Christian Worldview; I was excited to add Early Childhood Education to her last semester of highschool.

I am always on the lookout for highschool classes that allow my kids to explore career opportunities. I have even put my own together based on my kids interests.

Early Childhood Education: Extras

I created a notebook page for her to record her answers to the questions from each chapter.

Early Childhood Education

I am using these timeline pages to document the people mentioned in each chapter.

My daughter has the bonus of babysitting each week where she can observe and use the lesson plans she creates for this class. I often keep a lookout on social media for fun preschool crafts. We share a Pinterest board for ideas.

The e-book does include blank page for writing lesson plans but I wanted to include a few more examples. Lesson plans can be very personal and I know my daughter knows her best style. [Read more…]

North Star Geography Online

North Star Geography Online

Have you been curious about North Star Geography online?

I have taken a few phone calls at the office on the topic and thought I should better explain what exactly the online course is all about.

North Star Geography Online: What is included?

  • Digital Copy of the book.
  • Audio files for each lesson
  • Online test grading, a passing of 70% is required to continue.
  • Communication with the author, Tyler Hogan

It does not include:

  • Videos to watch
  • Since this is self-paced and self-directed it does not include deadlines for completion.

Once you have purchased North Star Geography Online:

You will need to Login to your account. I have found the easiest way is to return to the product description and click the Login tab.

North Star Geography Online 3

The Welcome Page gives details on downloading, things you will need all year, and general ideas of how the program works. In the welcome lesson you can download and/or read files you will need all year. My son has a 3 ring binder that stores all of his completed pages. You can read my other blog posts linked at the bottom on how we have completed North Star Geography.

North Star Geography Online 1

Each lesson will have all the necessary links needed for that lesson. You can download the lesson, note taking page, map work, and activity directions.  If your teen is computer savvy they can probably put the lesson on a Kindle or iPad.

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Flexibility of North Star Geography Online:

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Vision Boards for Dreaming, Goals, and Planning

Since I am a highly visual person…Vision Boards sparked my interest this year. Except I kind of skipped the feelings part of looking at things that make you happy. I needed visuals to keep me focused.

PicMonkey Collage

Honestly I have struggled with writing goals, making plans…having dreams. I have spent many years letting the circumstances of life direct my planning. Which is not a bad thing but does not provide any thoughts to doing anything beside surviving.

I am not even sure I have grasped the full understanding….but here is what I have done this year at my house.

Vision Boards for 2016

Most of the directions I read had you gathering magazines to cut out pictures that inspired you. Since I don’t have magazines and honestly didn’t expect to find what visuals I wanted, I switched to a plan B.

I gave my boys a sheet of paper divided into sections labeled:

  • learn
  • money
  • school
  • fun
  • spiritual
  • books

I had them think of 2 to 4 things for each section. I felt like I was combining goals and dreams on one board. I tried to help them keep some items measurable like save $200 and exercise 2 hours a week. When they write their school plans each week they can remember to add the time for their goals. [Read more…]

Clean Slate for 2016!

For all the people who choose words for their years.

Well the title of the blog post…

Clean Slate Happy New Year

“Clean Slate” for 2016

really gives away the punch line for the word(s) I have choosen for 2016. I know you probably do not remember that 2015 my word was “stones” and 2014 my word was “squirrel.” It seems I do not like those flowery abstract words like grace, faith, or courageous.

I need a visual reminder…I need to see what my goal is for choosing the word. My pile of stones still decorates my shelf in my living room. I failed often in 2015 with getting those most important items at the top of my list. I almost think my stones were tied to a pendulum and I swung between extremes. Might be why I have not blogged lately.

Why I choose Clean Slate:

  1. Holy cow…it has been a struggle to keep past fears and failures from affecting my decisions. I spent way too much time in 2015 beating myself up for not being a better homeschool mom, or not getting enough hours in at the office, forgetting to read my devotions or ever getting my clothes put away.  I want to start my mornings with a clean slate…not allow yesterday’s issues to overshadow today. 
  2. My husband’s health has really rocked my world this year. I never know if my day will include a husband who can not breath and needs extra rest, a husband who is confused and not thinking clearly or a husband who you would never know had any health issues. I want each morning with him to start with a clean slate, and not expectations. I want to write on my slate for him that no matter how sick he gets he is worthy to be loved…his identity is in Christ.
  3. I really want to be the parent who offers a clean slate to her children. I want them to see that even if they break something, have a meltdown, or fail…that it does not have to follow them around forever. A certain child at my house has a reputation of being irresponsible…my other children have taken to being really strict with things…I have to remind them that opportunities still need to be offered for the child to learn responsibility…this is not 3 strikes at you are out. Cover that slate with grace! 
  4. Enter the hallelujah chorus…Jesus paid it all…all my sins are forgiven. My clean slate is washed white as snow…or wait…then it would be a white board. No worries…I bought a doubled sided slate. Now to focus on renewing my mind every morning…visualizing my clean slate.

Clean Slate

Clean Slate…fresh start…even if the last 20 years of writing goals has ended in failures…I can still try again. There has always been lessons learned in the journey.

The biggest lesson I learned this past year…that the trials have a way of pushing me off track but taking a moment to talk with friends about the situations helps me to refocus my thoughts. Because sometimes I feel like I can not see the track but I just need to turn my eyes slightly to see it.

Happy New Year…Clean Slate Here I Come!

 

 

Bright Ideas Press, Black Friday Sale

 

I wanted to take a moment and highlight some items in the upcoming Black Friday Sale at Bright Ideas Press.

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Three Things To Consider for the Black Friday Sale:

Number 1:I think the biggest deal is on Illuminations. Actually it is the only time the program goes on sale.

With the 20% off you can purchase Illuminations for $125.00 $100.00.

If you are not sure if Illuminations is right for you, I have gathered some blog posts on the topic.

There is an Illuminations group on Facebook for extra support and encouragement.

Find a sample on the Bright Ideas Press website!

Number 2: The Mystery of History Volume IV Folderbooks are complete!

Finally, The Mystery of History Volume IV folderbooks are complete! I have been spending every working moment on completing volume 4 folderbooks.

Mystery of History vol 4 Folderbook

Now that the folderbooks are complete, the Super Supplemental for The Mystery of History volume IV is complete. I might just be a tad sad that the series is done.

Number 3: Literature Study Guides are now available

The Bright Ideas Press office has been busy creating the literature guides for sale.

Prices will range from $5 to $10…but 20% off during the Black Friday Sale!

Titles include:

More guides will be added in the next few weeks!

If you have any questions on the sale or products, please leave a comment or find me on Facebook!

Why I cancelled Christmas

I recently typed a post on Facebook where I was sharing that I had cancelled Christmas at my house. After the comment posted…I was bothered by the magnitude of the comment.

Cancelled Christmas

No, I had not just cancelled Christmas but instead we were not exchanging gifts on Christmas day. Was I going to allow that one aspect of the holiday to overshadow the whole season?

Nope. I have all intentions of putting up our tree, baking Christmas cookies and making our advent wreath…and a list of other activities my kids have not yet informed me about.

My happiness with the holiday comes from my family celebrating the day with me…I will be thankful they have the health to be laughing and eating goodies.

Yes, this year with my husband being on disability, our septic getting replaced, and medical bills…well we have had to make some serious choices with finances.

How many Christmas traditions are wrapped around activities not linked to gift giving? [Read more…]

Geography Themed Christmas

Geography Themed Christmas…because when a homeschool mom focuses on one subject she finds a million ways to incorporate it into daily life.

Geography Themed Christmas

We have experienced a good start to our North Star Geography lessons. For Christmas we are going to take a break from normal lessons and study different countries from around the world.

Geography Themed Christmas Lesson Plans:

Our main focus will be on the countries covered in the Advent Calendar – Christmas Around the World. I will gather some books from the library and use the internet for facts about each country. We will end our time watching a few videos on Youtube. Once a week will spend a morning doing some fun activities that I am sure will center around food.

Youtube videos:

  1. South Africa: Switch on the Lights, Operation Christmas Child S. Africa
  2. Canada: Christmas Lights Across Canada, Christmas in Quebec City
  3. Argentina: Christmas in Argentina, La Navidad in Argentina
  4. Australia: Christmas in Australia, PBS Australia Christmas
  5. Philippines: Christmas in Philippines, Samaritan’s Purse Comes to Philippines
  6. Poland: Christmas in Poland, Veggi Tales Christmas Party, Christmas in 1939
  7. India: Operation Christmas Child India, Christmas 2013 in India
  8. Mexico: Finding Meaning with a Shoebox, Christmas in Mexico
  9. Costa Rica: Costa Rica Traditions, Making the Tamale
  10. Denmark: Danish Traditions, Christmas in Copenhagen
  11. Bolivia: Christmas in Bolivia, Operation Christmas in Bolivia,
  12. Japan: 5 Facts about Christmas in Japan, Customs and Traditions
  13. Brazil: Christmas in Brazil, Lights up Largest Floating Tree
  14. Ethiopia: Celebrating Christmas in Ethiopia, The Christmas Market
  15. Russia: How Christmas is Celebrated, Russian Orthodox Christmas
  16. Netherlands: Holland Christmas, BBC Christmas in Holland 
  17. Italy: La Befana in Rome, Christmas in Italy 7 Tips
  18. United States: 12 Days of Christmas, Tree Lighting at U.S. Capitol
  19. Scotland: Christmas in Scotland, Christmas Day Ukulele
  20. Germany: Christmas in Germany Words to Learn, Rothenburg, Germany Trees
  21. China: Chinese Culture, Operation Christmas Child in China
  22. Norway: Christmas in Norway (Lego Trooper), Norwegian Christmas Song
  23. Liberia: Operation Christmas Child in Liberia, Christmas in Liberia
  24. Outer Space: Christmas Music from Outer Space, Space Station Crew

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Mystery of History volume 1, Activity 1B

When we begin something new, especially something with significant depth, we can anticipate an initial learning curve. New curriculum definitely falls under this category.

When the first activity of the new curriculum finds you overwhelmed…well it is important to find reinforcements.

Mystery of History volume 1 Activity 1B Defining Terms

I have had a few moms over a 6 month time period ask for help in completing the first activity and honestly after attempting a search on the Answer in Genesis website…I get the struggle. The AIG website is loaded with so much information it takes time to find what you are looking for.

If you are teaching the middle grades you might be looking for just the definitions. If you are teaching high school you are looking for more depth to the answers.

I would suggest starting with online sites for definitions. If your student is older or looking for more depth than read one of the articles in the list.

Instead of defining all the terms a student could do an article summary on a few of the terms.

While I do not approve of Wikipedia being a source for documenting in a paper it can be a good place to start your research.

Defining Terms Online:

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Unexpected Side of Homeschooling

Unexpected Side of Homeschooling…have you ever experienced it?

*Warning…Reading this could cause you to second-guess unit studies…Continue at your own risk.

One of the great benefits of homeschooling is the mixing of everyday life with school lessons.

Unexpected Side of Homeschooling

When you are on vacation and your mom mentions in a casual conversation that the near-by lake at one time was the largest man made lake. The homeschool mom in you jumps at the chance to tie in your current geography lesson. In 20 minutes you and the kids begin exploring the lake and discussing your World Fact File with North Star Geography.

Oh the amazing way working allows your son to form a relationship with the Postmaster at the local post office.  My son often accompanies me when I need to mail packages for work. When Batman stamps came out she made special arrangements to get him a sheet. Of course he had to write a thank you letter for his first writing assignment for the new school year.

But there can be an unexpected side of homeschooling; an eerie side to the unit studies.

Circumstances that make you nervous about what subject to teach next. Might even cause your husband to ask that you strongly consider how the next study will affect life at your house.

When you study electricity and your washing machine has an electrical short and catches on fire. Then you try to move the washer outside and water from the drum dumps on the floor. Now you can discuss how water conducts electricity.  Once the machine is outside you have a great opportunity to show a burned circuit board and a chance to take apart the washing machine. [Read more…]