I have never been a fan of combining curriculum, mainly because I get overwhelmed teaching one. I can’t imagine taking parts from 2 or 3 to complete, but my kids fell in love last year with stick drawing their bible study.
How to organize Mystery of History Vol. 1 and GrapeVine Old Testament Overview to flow together.
• GrapeVine Old Testament bible study has 46 lessons divided over 4 separate books. That’s not counting Lesson 1 of each book that covers the timelines.
• Mystery of History has 36 weeks of 3 lessons a week.
First choice, I am organizing Mystery of History into a 34-week schedule. I am going to combine the first 2 weeks and the last two weeks. If I get crunched for time toward the end of the year, I may also combine weeks 33 and 34.
Instead of trying to get all the GrapeVine lessons to mesh with the Mystery of History lessons I am just going to do them both in the order they were written. After matching up the lessons and going back and forth with the decision, this is what I decided. Grapevine will serve as review to the bible portion of Mystery of History.
I have blocked out Friday morning for GrapeVine bible study. We will do the timeline and both pages of the lesson. I will also do the 2 scheduled reviews after their corresponding lessons. This brings each book down to about 10 weeks. Now I have a 40-week bible study planned. Still not ideal to my 32 week schedule, but I may do some extra bible lessons over Christmas and Spring break.
Mystery of History’s (affiliate link) first lesson on creation is an activity on drawing out the days of creation. I will be skipping that activity and focusing on the stick drawing of creation in our GrapeVine Bible study. (Affiliate link)
If you really want to see how the lessons mesh together, here is my table of the Mystery of History with Grapevine Old Testament Beginners Level. Each color represents a different book of the Old Testament Overview, since they can be purchased separately. Mystery of History and GrapeVine Bible study for Beginners
Here is my table of the Mystery of History with Grapevine Old Testament Level 1 and 2. Mystery of History and GrapeVine Bible Study Level 1 and 2
Since I have never completed a timeline in my 14 years of homeschooling, my first baby step to that goal will be completing the timeline in GrapeVine bible study.
I am going to have my boys cut out each scroll and tape them together. We will store the timelines in the pocket of their notebooks.
After printing out 2 copies for the GrapeVine bible study, I designed a notebook cover page for our notebooks.