Mystery of History Volume 1 is a complete. chronological history of the world that covers world history from Creation to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the first of four volumes that take you through history from 1708 to 2014.
Whether you study history chronologically or, like we do, in whatever order that strikes our fancy, The Mystery of History is a curriculum worth considering.
The Mystery of History Volume 1
Mystery of History is a complete, chronological history of the world, which combines secular and Biblical history. The hardback textbook is written in a conversational style that holds the reader’s attention.
Inside you’ll find chronologically based stories from all around the world, including Asia, North America, and the Holy Lands. Beginning with the Garden of Eden, stories spread from Sumer and Babel to Troy, Phoenicia, and Assyria. The study of early civilizations includes King Wu of China and Asoka of India as well as King David, Julius Caesar, and Xerxes of Persia. Above all, a favorite feature of Volume I is the weaving of Bible history with world history.
The Companion Guide, which is used in conjunction with the hardback reader, contains:
- 28 weeks worth of learning activities for younger, middle, and older students
- Memory cards
- Hands-on projects
- Field trip suggestions
- Review games
- Informative articles for the teacher
- Form for recording grades
- Outline maps
- Geography activities
- Supplemental book list
- Pretests, quizzes, and answer keys
- Timeline helps
The curriculum can be used with grades K-8th, but the author states in her letter to teachers that she has provided “tracks to run on that best match Middle Students, those from about 4th to 8th grades”. The activities can be adapted to fit the needs of younger and older students as well.
- God is placed at the center of the world’s history. The reader can see how His hand has shaped human events.
- Mrs. Hobar’s writing style is much more interesting than that of most dry, traditional textbooks.
- The Student Reader is a beautiful, colorful, hardback volume.
- The activities and helps in the Companion Guide are fun and hands-on, helping to make the history lesson come alive.
- The curriculum is written in a way that simplifies multi-level teaching, especially if you use the Companion Guide.
- Students are encouraged to keep a history notebook in which they place their completed activities. I think it’s nice to have a keepsake like this for reviewing material.
- Even if you don’t teach history chronologically, this is a wonderful resource for studying a specific time period.
- Traces world events chronologically, lining them up with Biblical history. (For example, the reader learns what was going on in the rest of the world when King David was on the throne of Israel.) Obviously, the events of Volume 3 take place after Bible times.
- Encourages the use of and gives instructions for making a timeline, which is a wonderful tool for helping students to visualize the unfolding of historical events.
The only drawback I could find to The Mystery of History Volume 1 was the fact that the textbook did not hold the attention of my 5 and 7 year old. My 9 year old, however, listened and enjoyed it as a read aloud. My youngers could easily be included in many of the Companion Guide activities though.
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MORE MOH REVIEWS HERE AT TCC
- The Mystery of History – Christian World History by Kerri
- The Mystery of History Vol. III by Richele
- Review of Mystery of History Vol. 4 by Kyle McVay
Originally posted November 2010, written by Shannon
I agree with all your pros and cons. Great and thorough review. I am using this text this year along with the student companion. I do think 4th-8th as the author stated is best. I have a Kindergartner and while she enjoys the art projects and has learned…some is lost on her. But oh well…when you teach multiple ages you have to find a way to adjust. Besides, the younger crowd will learn this material again so just using map work and projects is just fine.
Anyway, great review!
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I really enjoyed your review. I found this and am very tempted to use it – but I was planning to use MFW – next year would be using Creation to the Greeks. Clearly – I would be adding too much in, but the samples I have read online of MOH still make this look like a very clear, easy to follow history curriculum. I keep trying to decide if I want to break off on my own put my curriculum together myself, or continue with MFW for history, science & bible. Of all that I have looked at – I keep coming back to this one. I really love that it includes separate activities for multi age groups (younger, middle & older) since I am teaching my 6 yr old & 10 yr old together. That would help me give them age appropriate activities while studying the same resource. Teaching them together spurs some really wonderful conversation at dinnertime – so this really draws me to this as well.