Since beginning our homeschooling journey nine years ago, I have developed a genuine love of history. All those facts and dates that were such a jumble during my own high school years are now being replaced by the fascinating stories and people that make up history.
In order to help my children love and learn from history, I began seeking a “living” approach to history. I knew I needed a program with some structure, but I also wanted the freedom to add in plenty of extra reading: biographies, historical fiction, and classic literature from the time period.
After researching and looking at samples from various programs, I settled on Mystery of History.
Overview of Mystery of History
Mystery of History is a complete chronological study of history from a Christian perspective. While many programs cover historical events by continent or by country, Mystery of History begins with Creation and presents people and events from all over the world in chronological order.
The author, Linda Lacour Hobar, clearly shows God’s hand in history and presents the Gospel as the true “mystery of history.” Biblical and secular history are intertwined, helping students to see how well-known people and events in the Bible fit into the big picture of history.
The complete Mystery of History program in contained in four volumes:
- Volume I: Creation to the Resurrection
- Volume II: The Early Church and the Middle Ages (A.D. 30-1460)
- Volume III: The Renaissance, Reformation, and the Growth of Nations (1455-1707)
- Volume IV: Revolutions to Rising Times (1708-the present) *available 2014
Using Mystery of History
Each volume of Mystery of History contains everything needed for a full year of study; there are no separate manuals or keys to juggle. The books are softcover and include reproducible maps and activity pages. A special section in the appendix contains an extensive list of books and videos for further learning, listed by lesson and divided into three learning levels.
Each volume is divided into semesters, quarters, and weeks. Each semester covers one major time period and closes with a semester test. Each quarter begins with an “Around the World” section, which contains information about the time period being studied. Worksheets at the end of each quarter review the material that has been covered.
Each week incorporates the following:
- Pretest–an ungraded learning activity designed to spark the student’s interest in the next few lessons
- Three lessons–each lesson covers one person or event with a reading selection and activities for three different levels
- Memory cards–small summaries for each lesson are written on index cards for weekly review
- Review activities–people and events from the week’s lessons are added to the timeline, and related mapwork is completed
- Cumulative review–either a quiz or a worksheet that covers all material studied from the beginning of the course
Interested in how we use Mystery of History in our homeschool? Watch for a post next week with all the details!