When I am planning and organizing my year after I create basic outline for my year done and I’ve plugged in the “suggested resources” by the publisher then I like to go back and add in what I call additional Mystery of History resources. Finally, we live on a budget and I do not have an unlimited homeschool budget so most of these additional resources are freebies or high quality well priced extras that I can use repeatedly throughout the year. So here are a few of the additional resources that we utilize to add depth and spark that fire of learning in our homeschool. I mean seriously it’s got to get old watching Mom read every day so why not spice it up a little (if it doesn’t kill you!) .
Mystery of History Notebooking Pages & Coloring Sheets
We have really enjoyed using the Mystery of History Coloring sheets with our little ones it has enabled them to really focus on the lesson while doing something hands on. They also come up with some great questions after looking closely at their coloring sheets!
Our older children use the Notebooking Pages to capture the main point(s) of each lesson and to discuss the material after we have finished!
Audiobooks are wonderful Mystery of History
Mystery of History Volume 2 covers AD 29-1456 We love read alouds but we are super busy so listening to audio books has enabled us to keep “reading aloud”. GA Henty is one of our favorite authors, but his audios cost upwards of $40 each and our library only carries a couple. So we have started utilizing Librivox which has thousands of free public domain recordings. Here is a partial list GA Henty of books libriovox has recorded :
- Beric the Briton AD 61
- The Temple AD 70 (we listened to the Black audio I borrowed from a friend)
- Wulf of Saxon 1066
- St George For England AD 134
When we are on our game I can usually uncover lots of opportunities to listen such as at lunch time, in the car, during family quiet times. No matter when you listen your study of history will be enriched by these stories of valor. Just a warning they usually start out a bit slow but trust me they pick up! And just in case you are not in MOH 2 here is a list of GA Henty books in Chronological Order so you can find the book(s) which you’d like to read or listen to on Libriovx.
I always check the library for Jim Weiss audio stories and this time we listened to Arabiaan nights. His website Greathall Storytelling also has a Timeline or Recording with many recordings that fall within MOH Vol 2’s timeline.
Mystery of History Resources-YouTube
Another thing we use to infuse a bit more excitement this then looking at Mama’s face while reading is YouTube. I noticed when poking around on YouTube is that a couple of resourceful Mama’s have put together some really useful video collections on YouTube. Here are 26 Videos from Jennifer Hanks. First I’d like to say I have not watched every single video but we are watching them as they align with the curriculum. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNyl-IQYXekSXtXtCwFCCeN7Lu7mkT9md My personal favorite is Home School in the Woods we have been using their Project Passport Series, specifically, The Middle Ages. This is an activity based world History Study. You can use it as a standalone but I integrate the projects and the Audios into our Mystery of History Study. The passport does not have lessons instead it has “stops”. All I do is line up the “stops” & Audios for Homeschool in the Woods with the MOH lessons. We do not make lapbooks instead we do what I call Spiral Notebooking and keep all of our notebooking/lapbooking activities in a spiral. Finally I plan each year of MOH once. So I add all the information to my lesson plans and print out extra sheets and put them into my History folder. By planning it once I think in the future I’ll be able to more easily add and implement the lesson plans!
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