When you have a large brood in order to cover some subjects it is much easier to do them as a group instead of individually. History is one such subject that can be taught to a large group of children.
Mystery of History
We are currently using Mystery of History Vol. 3 as we have completed the other 2 volumes. We use MOH Vol. 3 in what may seem to be a rather unusual way. We only listen to the audio recordings. We own the book and periodically children grab it and review what they have been listening to or they wish to see pictures of this or that. We have already listened to the entire book 3 times, we have discussed the various people of the book and have enjoyed the book like any other audio book in our collection. We will most likely listen to it 2 or 3 more times. As a Mom of many MOH’s Christian worldview and the audio CD’s have been a huge blessing in our homeschool. If you want to cover history but find you do not have time this is the way to do it. We listen while we do chores or eat lunch or during some such mundane task.
Mystery of History has a set of Coloring Sheets that goes along with their history program. This is the first year that we purchased them and we have been very pleased with them. The kids like to color the images as they listen to the audios and the littles feel like they are really a part of the “big” school. This is a great resources well worth the money since you can make as many copies as you like for your children.
Homeschool in the Woods Project Passport Renaissance & Reformation – This is a super fun drive through history program that has “Stops” where you explore different periods of history, such as the reformation. It is full of projects & fun activities as well as having a very entertaining audio component that we especially enjoy. This is our second year using the Project Passport Series alongside of Mystery of History. I highly recommend it if you are unfamiliar with HITW you should pop over there and check them out!
We use the Homeschool in the Woods Timeline pieces to complete our MOH Timelines. I print out the entire time period at the beginning of the year and we work on our timeline througout the year. This was money well spent.
We also listen to historian GA Henty on Librivox to add some more depth to our studies. This year we will listen to the following Henty novels:
Finally we have a great many novels and picture book biographies of this time period for their reading enjoyment. These aren’t so much assigned to the children but they are available for the children to read. My kiddos love to read so most of these books will be read by the end of the year. One of my favorites is Lady Jane Grey (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)
Here are the additional resources we use with Mystery of History Vol 3. We have truly enjoyed our study of history using Mystery of History as the spine of our history study. Our kiddos have enjoyed learning history.
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