Have you solved the Mystery of His-Story?
We’re knee deep in our new History curriculum,
and loving every minute of it.
It’s The Mystery of History!
And it’s one of my favorite purchases this year,
and it was really worth every penny.
Before I got this curriculum I was a bit skeptical,
the price is what really stopped me,
but I found a great deal on ebay and decided to give
it a try.
Boy am I ever thankful I did.
If you’re not familiar with MOH, just looking at the program can be a bit daunting.
Initially I was pretty confused as to what programs I actually NEEDED, and what
parts were complimentary to the program.
(Thanks loyal FB followers for all the guidance!)
Since we’ve been using the program for a little over a month now,
I thought I’d post about what parts we are actually “Using”
and what parts aren’t getting used as much.
I purchased my set on ebay, and it included quite a bit of materials in the package.
You can get these (and more) individually from Bright Idea Press as well
I listed what we ended up with, below;
The products that we use the most have a little **star **
**MOH Curriculum Book**
(We use this book the most of course)
MOH Audio Curriculum
(I really thought we’d use this more, but not so much)
MOH Craft Pack CD
(Don’t use at all)
MOH A Crash Course from Creation to Christ by Linda Lacour Hobar on CD
(Don’t use at all)
MOH Printables & Reproducibles CD
(Semi-helpful, but I’ve got a copier at home)
**MOH Timeline Pieces**
(LOVE this set. Worth it)
**MOH Timeline Suggested Placement**
(This is quite helpful, not necessary but helpful)
MOH Coloring Pages
(Used for first couple of weeks, but kids weren’t interested
I also picked up a
**Blank Timeline from Miller Pads and Paper**
We are also using the Illustrated Children’s Bible when the lesson
coresponds with something that was recorded in the bible.
And here’s how we’re using the program:
Each week holds three lessons. So we are using
this program three days a week,one lesson for each day.
However because it’s VERY adaptable
we can expand a lesson to cover an entire week if needed.
Also for each lesson there are suggestions for follow up activities
that are age realated. We do these activities about 25% of the time.
For each lesson we are building up a timeline
(during which my children *graciously* take turns applying the glue stick
to the image and placing it on our timeline.)
As I mentioned before, I opted to pick up a cheaper brand of a blank timeline,
I’m not sure that it’s exactly the same size so we might run into problems later,
but so far we’re loving this aspect of the program, and with a $30 price difference
I’m sure we can figure out a way to make it work.
For the rest of the time we are using our own craft/activities
and our own notebooking visuals:
The notebooking visuals are just pages that help remind my children
some key facts that we learned. I’m big on visual memory techniques,
and we use these images during our lessons, review, and our oral quizzes.
I’m amazed at how much more information is retained when my little students
have something visually stimulating alongside the lesson.
If you want to follow along or print our MOH activities I’ve posted the first
three weeks here on our main site.
Again these are more like Visuals as opposed to notebooking pages, but they do
have small spaces throughout for children to customize the information.
(Note: There is actually a MOH notebook and lapbook for purchase too,
I didn’t pick one up myself, but the sample pages look great!)
Anyway, We are really excited about this program
I’m working on the next three weeks right now
and I”ll post them as soon as I finish!
Stay Tuned :)