Mystery of History and GrapeVine Bible Study

Mystery of History and Grapevine Bible Study

Finishing up my final school plans. Last on the list, deciding how to combine Mystery of History (Affiliate link) with GrapeVine Bible study. (Affiliate link)

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.

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The Greco Roman Book, A Product Review

*Warning: If you give a boy a book on how to build  weapons it will lead to building a helmet, a shield, a tunic, a cape…

Greco Roman

Really I should title this post, “Boys, Duct-Tape and Weapons.” I usually write my product reviews on items I find and love but this time I was contacted by Gloria Erickson from Warfare by Duct Tape and asked if I would be interested in doing one on The Greco Roman Book. As soon as I clicked on the website to look at the book I knew instantly my boys would love this. Then my next thought…how much money will this set me back?

The biggest cost in these projects is the duck-tape. I found that the dark gray was cheaper at Target for $2.29 a roll. For the silver and colored duck-tape AcMoore price was $3.97. But you can always wait for sales or use 40% coupons. We used about 5 rolls of duck-tape to make 6 swords, 2 helmets, 1 shield, 2 capes and 2 tunics. [Read more…]

Organizing Our Mystery of History Notebook

Mystery of History Notebooks

This year will be my third cycle through the Mystery of History volume 1. For the first time my children will be able to use some of the extra material I have created.

When homeschooling parents stop by the Bright Ideas Press booth at conventions I often tell them the Mystery of History book is all you need to teach history…the extra supplements are for different learning styles. Being a momma of boys…coloring pages never really get a lot of excitement at my house, this would be an easy purchase to skip. The audio cds don’t work for my visual learners but my one audio learner loves them. If you need hands-on with little writing go with the folder books.

Linda Hobar explains in the introduction how to do notecards, set up time lines, and how to organize a notebook. I have taken these guidelines and tweaked them to work at my house. [Read more…]