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The Mystery of History, Volume 1: Creation to the Resurrection [Paperback]

Linda Lacour Hobar
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Integrated History June 20 2011
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Before The Mystery of History it was hard for homeschoolers to piece together history resources that would help them to deeply integrate 'secular' history with 'biblical' history. Author Linda Lacour Hobar (a homeschooling mother herself) set out to show her own children how all of history was His Story ' that the events of the human past all point to His glory and His plans, ultimately to His Son ' the centerpiece of His Story.

Honestly, I don't think it gets any easier to do this than The Mystery of History. In Volume One Creation to Resurrection Hobar takes readers from a literal, seven-day creation, and a literal Adam and Eve through highly developed humans from the start, dinosaurs, the ice age, and on through to the coming of Christ. However, not only the events that you find in your Bible are included though in this volume of ancient history, biblical history does receive the lion's share of the text (just as it should!) The ancient cultures of China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome are also introduced along with the smaller, but fascinating Phoenicia, India, and even North America (not small geographically, but smaller in terms of mention ' only one lesson). This is all done in a sweeping 108 lessons, designed to be completed over 36 weeks (at 3 lessons per week).

These lessons are written in a conversational tone ' not exactly narrative, but similar to Jeannie Fullbright's Young Explorers science series, as though she is speaking directly to your children. The text is written somewhat simply, an average fourth grader should definitely be able to read and understand it. My oldest daughter (currently 8) really enjoys the chatty style.

Hobar provides much more than lessons, making this a rich, versatile curriculum.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source Dec 1 2005
By Mac Pro - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is excellent for homeschooling - designed so that it can be used for three different grade school age groups - full of world history information paralleling it with the Bible - there are instructions for making maps, a time line, etc - lots of photos, especially of artifacts from museum which can help the student understand ancient times - bought this for my grandchildren who are being homeschooled but we are seriously considering using it to write curriculum for our church's Bible school - impressed with the easy-to-understand but carefully researched material -
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting history book Jan. 16 2006
By Jack D. Pound - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a 16 year old homeschooled student who has never been satisfied with any of my other history books. I love this book! It is so informative and chronilogically complete. It has a wonderful Biblical worldview, and reveals Christ as the mystery of history at the end of the book. What a exciting new homeschooling tool to get students excited about HIS Story! I wish I had this earlier!
61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Affordable Alternative March 28 2008
By Avid reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just received my copy of Mystery of History Vol. I. I am excited to start this with my daughter in the fall (5th grade). I looked for a long time at the Tapestry of Grace curriculum, but I couldn't justify spending the money with our small family. I was so glad to find MOH! It is an affordable alternative to Tapestry with a similar scope and sequence, and seems to be a little more user-friendly. It's definitely more kid-friendly. It is written so that kids can read the lessons for themselves. It seems that it is not as labor-intensive for the parent.

I especially love the 'What do you know?' pretests that encourage them to see what they already know and makes them curious, and the 'take another look' or 'what did you miss' reviews & activities - then there are quizes every 2 weeks, too, which test their knowledge. All of this is in small bites so the information isn't overwhelming. There are many activities to do. Each lesson lists assignments for 'younger', 'middle' and 'older' students. There are 36 weeks of lessons in this volume. The author lists several examples of how organize your week.

You will need to inlcude real books from a library (or you can buy some) to flesh out the lessons - but the same goes for TOG. I plan on making a time line as well.

The only negative I can find so far is that the 5th (last) volume will not be published in time (planned for release in 2014 or 2015 ?), but we can find a substitute curriculum for that last little bit of history - no problem. The 3rd and 4th volumes should be released in time for us. (3rd this spring and 4th in 2011.) For more info you can go to the MOH website, but don't buy there. The prices are better elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes The Mystery Out of Homeschooling Feb. 2 2009
By CD - Published on Amazon.com
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I just have one complaint about this curriculum - I didn't write it! As a two-decade home educator, I've been trying to write a needed missing link in home education. This book is it!!

There seems to be two basic types of history books out there:

1. Textbooks that give trite summaries that fail to inspire our kids to interact with historical periods and that tend to instill a sense of boredom.

2. Exciting "idea book" type hands-on programs that give timelines, maps, ideas, crafts, etc. that you are told to integrate with historical instruction. The problem is, most of us don't have the time, knowledge, or money to buy or research these historical periods to teach the "meat" of information we don't know ourselves. Plus, there are those days as a homeschooler where we need the kids to be more autonomous than others. If the curriculum depends on us 100% of the time, we're going to fail. If the curriculum depends on handing a kid a big book or computer and hoping they discern what the key points to isolate, they will often become distracted and fail. With this self-directed approach, assessment becomes a big issue - either by neglecting to test or by exhausting the home educator who is required to create these constant assessments.

Mystery of History gives the beginner to advanced home educator the best of both worlds. A great, easy-to-read segment of history is covered each day. The student is able to read it themselves and then, is asked to write a summary card of the key point and dates. A timeline is recommended with the choice of format. The teacher can be as involved or uninvolved in the process as life dictates that day and then, can assess student comprehension based on the cards and regular testing provided in the manual. Additional ideas, crafts, reading etc. are given for varying grade levels that allow the teacher to amplify and expand the info given when desired.

It's chronological (very helpful with learning challenged kids) and a perfect balance between self-directed and teacher supervised. Ample opportunities for creativity abound, but consistent no-frills flow is also insured. It works well with multi-grade teaching since the text is supplemented with advanced work suggestions.

I love this and will just have to file away my efforts at writing the same concept.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great History program for Christians! April 22 2008
By CollegeMom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We are using this along with Story of the World Volume 1. It's been a great history program for our family. It gives our 5th grade just a bit more to chew own. If you google Paula's Archives you will get a list that correlates the two programs together. We use the Story of the World Activity pages and suggestions.
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