School has started for most homeschool families and those who love Mystery of History are waiting with eager anticipation for The Mystery of History volume 4.
Since it is my fault that notebooking pages have not been completed, I decided to brainstorm ideas on how to start school without all my favorite supplemental products for Mystery of History volume 4. Please pray for me while I work to complete them.
After a quick look in the school cabinet and behind my piano, I am sure everyone stores their poster board behind their pianos.
I made a list of what supplies I do have.
Mystery of History volume 4:
- MOH Quarter 1 lessons and companion guide
- MOH timeline figures
- Coloring pages
- Poster sized timeline
- Poster sized world map
- Smart Trifold Presentation Board
- Blank notebooks
- Old zap board from co-op years ago
- Breakfast board from our American History
I decided I didn’t have time to revamp the breakfast board so I tabled that idea for later. I then decided on a “Go Big Theme” for quarter one. Instead of notebook sized work I was going to use poster sized items.
I taped a blank outline map of the world to a small trifold board. We will be using this for most map assignments. I even found a pack of Expo Vis-A-Vis Wet Erase Markers, 8 Colored Markers. These keep from bleeding through the plastic and staining the outline map.
The Timeline of History was a great fit for the larger trifold board. I loved that it still closes, I think this will help keep the figures from falling off. Hooray for Amy Pak having completed the figures for Mystery of History volume 4! This will be my first year completing a timeline but I am just going to follow the directions in the book.
My boys no longer like to color, so the coloring pages will not be hanging creatively around our home. Well maybe I will do the coloring, I still enjoy doing it.
Mystery of History volume 4 Zap board:
Have you heard of a Zap board or Zing Ding board? Basically it’s mini pockets taped to a trifold board. I used this years ago in a co-op for reviewing the material. My kids loved it. I think they enjoyed earning a skittle for correct answers. I do not follow the class rules on this, I just let the kids take turns selecting a number and reading the question from the pocket. Normally I would put challenge cards in the pockets but since that product is not completed yet, I needed something else.
- I decided to use the coloring pages, pretest, and weekly quiz for content for the Zap Board.
- First I cut apart the coloring page into the three panels. I folded them and placed them in separate pockets on the Zap Board. These will be worth double the points or candy but the student must summarize the lesson in 5 to 7 main ideas.
- Then I cut the pretest and quiz questions into strips. I had enough for about two questions for each pocket.
Now on Friday my kids will have a chance to review what they have read and learned for the week by answering questions from the Zap Board.
We are going notebook free for quarter one! Do not worry, I am still working hard to complete the notebook pages, I will soon miss completing them. But changing things up for a quarter might bring some fun to our routine.
I plan on photographing our work in case I need to provide documentation for school records. Since we will not be writing for history that should give us sone extra time for other writing assignments.
What creative ideas are you using with Mystery of History volume 4?