When I purchased Mystery of History a couple of years ago I had several questions but he main questions was what do I really NEED to have to complete this curriculum successfully. So I’m just going to give you a quick run through on my thoughts on what you need for MOH 1 & 2.
Using Mystery of History suggested Atlas
For Volume I & II if you are going to do the Maps you need to purchase the Map Books they suggest. Are they the best in the world? I have no idea! But I do know we had several other maps and it was more difficult for the unlucky kid who got a random map to use. The random map user needed lots of help from Mom and what I generally ended up doing was taking the suggested map, from one of the other kids. Finding the location and then showing the poor kiddo with the random map where it was or where it was supposed to be. Often on our random maps even our random Bible Times type maps the locations we were looking for were not present. Do you get the picture?? The Book is keyed to the maps she suggests so if you are going to do the mapping exercises make your life easy and get the suggested maps. So my answer is yes you need the Atlas that is a suggested resource for Mystery of History.
Using the Mystery of History Audio
You do not NEED the audio of Mystery of History. But I own it and we listen to it in the car, at lunch, during the weekends. But you do not need the Audio to successfully complete The Mystery of History? NO
Mystery of History CD
“For your convenience, Bright Ideas Press has created a CD (or Digital Downloadable file) of Printable Reproducibles. With this product, you can select and print items from The Mystery of History Volume II that otherwise you would be photocopying from the book for several students.” from MOH website.
For me this is a yes! I print out all of our reproducibles at the beginning of the year. I can use it repeatedly with all 5 of our students. But if your budget is tight you may want to just copy from the book and save some money. Is it a needful thing ? NO you can take your book to the copy store or your computer scan and copy the pages.
Are you going to do a timeline if not then you do not need them. We do a timeline and we use the Homeschool in the Woods pieces (y’all know I love Homeschool in the Woods). In fact I own the complete CD that has all the images because I just wanted to be done with it. Additionally the books are keyed to these pieces which makes it a lot easier for the children to find them (much like the maps). So the time line pieces are a No.
Mystery of History Challenge Cards
Are you going to use the Challenge Cards? At this point we don’t though I’d like to start adding them in next year. The Challenge Cards just provide a review. We review & memorize the 12 pivotal dates and events so right now we do not need the Challenge Cares. So my answer would be NO/MAYBE.
Do you have young students and you are going to use the coloring pages if so then you should consider it. But do you need it to complete MOH well?They are really fun and I think they are going to be a great benefit to me next year when the twins join us at the table for a longer period of time. Plus the whole family can use them. But are they absolutely necessary ?My answer is NO.
Does your family notebook,if so then you should consider the notebook pages. One benefit is that the whole whole family can use them. But are they absolutely necessary ?My answer is NO.
So in my humble opinion all you really need is the book and Atlas (if you are doing the maps). You only need the Atlas if you are going to do the mapping exercises.
Now aren’t you glad you asked? <smile>
That said even though you do not NEED the extra products they will add depth to your study of History and you may want to consider purchasing some of Bright Ideas Great products which is why I am an affiliate! Anyhow I’m off to plan …
Need more information on Mystery of History:
- 5 Great Mystery of History Posts to help you plan
- Additional Resources for Mystery of History to add depth
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