We have been using Mystery of History for 4 years and we are currently in the middle of the 4th Volume. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching history using this series with my children who range in age from 5-17. We have all learned a lot and I am really looking forward to starting over again in the Fall with Volume 1.
Over the years we have tried a lot of different things to keep our wide range of children actively learning and engaged but nothing has worked as well as our current method. We have been doing this for about 2 1/2 years and I am still really pleased with the results.
So each morning during what we call Family Gathering (you may call this Circle Time) we read our history lesson, together aloud.
Teaching Mystery of History Engaging the Littles
While I read the history lesson the younger children do a Mystery of History coloring sheet on the subject. The Mystery of History Coloring Sheets are divided into three sections so one sheet covers 1 week of reading. We have the kids carefully color in only that days reading assignment. They often have very good questions about the lesson which I believe is often generated from their simple coloring sheet. These coloring sheets keep our kids happy and busy during the entire lesson. They then take their coloring sheets and put it into their homeschool binder and at the end of the year they have record of the history studies for the year. Additionally, I usually take a sheet or two and add it to their homeschool portfolio for the year. It’s really neat to see how they were coloring at the beginning of the year in comparison to how much “better” they color by the end of the year. So if you have kiddos that are either pre-writers or slow
writers I highly recommend using the coloring sheets to add some depth to their study of history.
Teaching Mystery of History to the Middle & Bigs
My older children use Mystery of History’s Notebooking pages. So during the reading the children take notes and write them down on the notebook pages. I prefer to use the Older Writer notebook pages but they do have the following 3 choices:
- Younger Writers
- Older Writer
- Fillable Pages
- Informational Pages
You can choose the sort of notebook pages that are appropriate for your children. Toward the middle of next year my current 5 year olds will occasionally use the Younger Notebook pages. This will slowly enable them to learn how to take notes. We currently use the fillable pages which provide the children with some guidance. After we read they discuss their answers for each question which is usually led by Parker our 12 year old. They go over each question and that way we know ‘theoretically’ everyone has understood the material presented.
You only have to purchase the Notebook pages once and then you can make as many copies as necessary for your family members. This makes it very cost effective in comparison to buying several time period specific Notebooking packages. And you know how I love to save a penny!
Bright Idea Press has done a great job providing a myriad of extras to go along with MOH which takes this wonderful History program and just makes it better!
So the key to teaching Mystery of History to Multiple Ages, is to engage each child where they are at, by using creative but easy to implement resources. After you purchase your coloring pages or notebooking pages please let me know what you think!
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