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.

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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Mystery of History and Grapevine Timeline


Timelines with Grapevine Studies to review The Mystery of History volume I.

(From January 28th to February 3 2015 everything at Grapevine Studies is 50% off)

I am timeline challenged. After 15 years of homeschooling we just completed our first time line. While I do think time lines are great learning chances, you can send your child to college without ever completing one. Since I have 9 more years of homeschooling, I am pacing myself.

My struggles with timelines:

  • Deciding where to put people on the line. Do you do it by birth date, death date or another date
  • Deciding which events to add.
  • Keeping track of the project for the whole school year.
  • Which method do you use; sewing board, poster board, notebook, or on the wall?

I knew if I was going to help my kids complete a timeline I had to:

  • Keep it simple
  • Complete it in a day
  • Allow it to be sloppy
  • Have some structured directions

After completing the first semester test for Mystery of History volume 1, I ordered the Grapevine bible study timeline of the Old Testament.

Now Grapevine Studies come in the notebook format. Personally I like to see the actual timeline all at once. I copied the odd number pages since the timeline was double sided. Then I had my boys cut out each scroll, complete the drawings, and tape them together to form one long timeline. [Read more…]

DIY Christmas Ornaments with The Mystery of History

Here are simple DIY Christmas Ornaments that would go great with The Mystery of History, Volume I.

Since volume 1 covers creation to Christ it includes lessons on the kings and prophets of the Old Testament. Just like the Israelites in Joshua 4 built a monument to remember how The Lord helped them cross the Jordan River, these ornaments can help students remember Old Testament lessons.

To keep this simple, focus on the lessons you have read. If you need to keep it simpler I suggest taking a bag of whistles or trumpets and writing the name of each prophet you have read about.

If you want to really get involved then create one for each prophet or lesson and keep a small tree up all school year.

DIY Christmas Ornaments Supplies:

Various items for inside DIY Christmas Ornaments:

Brainstorming Time:

  • Ask your kids which Prophets they remember from their history lessons.
  • Make a list of the ones they remember
  • Refer to the book for help
  • If your list is quite long, select your favorite 5-7 to place in your bag.

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The Mystery of History E-book Form

MOH ebook

I know I have been quiet the past few weeks but I have an amazing July planned. I have a 5 Day Series on Illuminations planned for next week. It includes Youtube videos on creating schedules. Plus I have a give-away…$50 gift certificate to spend in the Bright Ideas Press Store. My way of saying “Thank you” for stopping by.

But I could not keep this news to myself and had to share.

Did you hear? You can now buy The Mystery of History in e-book form on Amazon!

Yes each quarter is sold separately and the first quarter is only $3.99

Quarters 2,3 and 4 retail for $9.99 each. [Read more…]