Mystery of History has always made my list each year for possible history curriculums, and this year it made the cut. So far we are really enjoying it. We are moving through it slowly with my 4 oldest children (ages 3 – 10); there is so much to read and do with each lesson, I don’t want to miss out on anything. But… I do know that I need to pick and choose, or else we will never get through Volume One.
There are so many great products and projects to go along with Mystery of History. Mapwork, Memory Cards, project ideas and Timeline (although you will need to make your own; I will show ours when we are a little further along) are all included in the book. We are also using the Coloring Pages and the Notebooking pages that you can purchase to go along with the curriculum.
Here are some of the things we did and read for Lessons 1 – 3.
Lesson 1: Creation
Lesson 2: Adam and Eve
Lesson 3: Jubal and Tubal-Cain
- Besides the readings from the book, we also read the corresponding chapters in the Bible. We are using the Hands-On Bible (NLT) and are really enjoying it. And we also read the book, When Dragons’ Hearts Were Good by Buddy Davis. A cute, short story about when our world was perfect; great for the younger and middle students.
- Each of the kids made a Days of Creation poster. I was inspired by this craft that I saw on Pinterest at Gentle Revolution Homeschooling.
|Yes, I know my one daughter’s 3 is backwards and I totally blame myself! When I was helping her, her poster was upside down to me, and I wasn’t even thinking when I helped her stick it on. I’ll just blame it on pregnancy brain!|
- I had my two older kids do copywork from the Bible for each day of creation that I found at Bible Story Printables. They have lots of other great printables too!
- Since we are all made in the image of God, each of the kids drew a self-portrait of themselves.
- God created everything! The kids each tried to create a new animal out of playdoh and then had to give it a name, just as Adam had to name all the animals. Not an easy task.
|Rachel’s creation; and yes, that is Diego stamped into her playdoh|
- Lastly, we put our figures on the timeline, made a memory card for each lesson to use as review later on, and did our mapwork. I wanted to do an activity (especially for the little ones) that I came across several years ago to help teach the continents. You make a giant earth out of masking tape on the floor and then tape an outline of all the continents. Then you have the kids, walk, hop, skip, etc. to the continent you call out. But, we just didn’t have time. A few days ago, I happen to come across something very similar at Spell Out Loud called Continent Hop. It may be easier to use, since you can just print out the continents.