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
*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.
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.
- Freshman Year-The Mystery of History vol 1 was completed in 8th grade and The Mystery of History vol 2 in 9th grade…combined together for 1 World History credit.
- Sophomore Year-The Mystery of History vol 3 for 1 World History credit
- Junior Year-All American History vol 1 and vol 2 for 1 American history credit. This was a survey of American history, he spent 1 semester on each volume.
- Senior Year-no history
- 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
- Student B is a creative average student. She likes to read and plans on attending a 2 year college to earn her certificate to become a pastry chef.
- Since All American history vol 1 covers the explorers up to the Civil War, I often recommend students complete All American history vol 2 if only 1 credit is needed and the student doesn’t want to do both volumes in a year. The time period of Civil War to present day is often not taught in the earlier grades due to the graphic details of World War I and II, The Korean War and Vietnam. Since student B wants to become a pastry chef, finding a History of Food course was a perfect fit. She choose to complete The Mystery of History vol 4 as an extra credit in history since she already met state requirements. Since The Mystery of History vol 1 has shorter lessons it was fine to add other curriculums based on her interest to meet the 120 hours on a subject.
The Mystery of History High School Years: Student C
- Student C loves the outdoors. He does not plan on attending college but is looking at a trade school to learn how to be a plumber.
- I often say if your state only requires 2 credits, pick the 2 time periods that interest your students the most. Student C loves the middle ages and Renaissance so he chose to complete MOH vol 2 and 3.
The Mystery of History High School Years Student D
- Student D loves history and wants to join the Navy. He has Aspergers and has delays in some subjects and is gifted in others. History is a passion for this student. Since he has already mastered most of the details in The Mystery of History and All American History I know I will need to find advanced supplements to challenge him in highschool. Thankfully he is my last student and I will have fun finding supplements for him. This is his tentative schedule.
- Dual credits is not for every student but for my first son it was helpful and I think it will be helpful for my last son. My middle kids did not take dual credits.
The Mystery of History High School Years: Questions to Ask
- How many credits does my child need for history?
- Do I want them to complete all 4 volumes in high school?
- Is my child going to college? What does their college of choice require?
- Do I want to follow the standard history schedule or find specialized history classes? For example do I just want to complete The Mystery of History books or look for something like the History of Food.
If you wanted to complete all four volumes and American history here is a sample:
- Freshman-MOH 1 and MOH 2 for 1 credit Ancient World History
- Sophomore-MOH 3 for 1 credit of World History
- Junior-All American History for 1 credit of American History
- Senior-MOH 4 for 1 credit of Modern World History
There are still many other ways you can schedule The Mystery of History for high school and I hope this blog post has given you some examples and ideas to help you on your homeschool high school journey.
What about Government, Civics and Economics?
I have always taught government at the same time I teach American history. I think those classes overlap with each other. I like to teach economics and personal finance in their senior year. My state does not require a civics class so I have not needed to add that credit to our transcripts.
Can the Mystery of History volume 4 be used for an American history credit?
The author and publisher do not support The Mystery of History being an American history credit. Does that mean you can not do it? No, it means you will have to supplement with literature, movies, source documents, and reports. For example in MOH 4 there is one lesson on the 13 colonies in contrast to All American History which spends a marking period on the 13 colonies.
Do you still feel like you are not doing enough?
Then I suggest taking a look at the Embark Conference. It is a 3-Day conference on homeschooling your high school student.