The Mystery of History Volume 1, 3rd Edition

The Mystery of History Volume 1, 3rd Edition

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About the 3rd Edition Student Reader
The Mystery of History: Volume I, 3rd Edition: everything you need for teaching Ancient Civilizations through the time of Christ in one book. Written by home-school mom Linda Hobar, The Mystery of History is one spectacular masterpiece. Includes a download code for a free digital copy of the new Companion Guide with pretests; hands-on activities and research projects for younger, middle, and older students; memory card ideas; bi-weekly quizzes and exercises; timeline helps; maps; supplemental book lists; and more.

All You Need to Teach History from Ancient Civilizations through the Time of Christ
The Mystery of History is all your family will need to teach history from ancient civilizations through to the time of Christ. Written in a conversational style for elementary through high school students, The Mystery of History can also be used as a read-aloud with younger children.

Multi-Age Activities
Not just a textbook, Volume I includes a Companion Guide that is brimming with multi-age activities, book and video lists, memory helps, and timeline suggestions. A digital version of the Companion Guide is included with the Student Reader as a download code. For your family’s convenience, a print Companion Guide is also available separately. This option is particularly beneficial for families with younger students in elementary and middle grades.

Teaches History from Creation to the Resurrection
What appeals to us most about this program is its worldwide approach to history. Did you know that less than ten years after Jonah's trial in a fish, Rome was being established? Or that the last book of the Old Testament was written at about the time of Alexander the Great and that the Great Wall of China was built 200 years before the birth of Christ?

Combines Biblical & Secular History
As they read the Bible, Christians tend to forget that there were other civilizations warring, struggling, and searching for truth. Therefore, this history program is written with both Biblical and secular history combined. While decidedly Christian in bent, other cultures and faiths are presented with deference.

108 Lessons
The Mystery of History was designed with a thirty-six-week school year in mind. Each week includes a pre-test, three lessons, a review, and an exercise or quiz. If your family is ready to study history in an in-depth, Bible-centered, chronological fashion, The Mystery of History is for you.

Written for 4th- to 5th-grade reading level for independent reading. However, as a read-aloud, family study, or classroom program, The Mystery of History can accommodate grades 1-12.

From the Publisher:
Volume I, in the words of the author:

In Volume I of The Mystery of History, I cover world history from Creation to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The text spans the incredible stories of ancient times, ancient lands, and ancient peoples. Where most ancient studies encompass only Egypt, Greece, and Rome, The Mystery of History goes much farther.

In Volume I, I include chronologically based stories from all around the world, including Asia, North America, and the Holy Lands. Beginning with the Garden of Eden, stories will spread from Sumer and Babel to Troy, Phoenicia, and Assyria. The study of early civilizations will include 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. In reality, it is all world history. But for most of us, history has not been taught this way. It has not been integrated.

In The Mystery of History, I have retold major stories from the Bible in the order that they happened alongside significant world history events and figures. As an example, Bible characters and world history figures living just decades apart include:

  • Joshua and King Tut
  • Daniel and Aesop
  • Ezekiel and Buddha
  • Nehemiah and Socrates
  • and Cleopatra and Herod the Great.

  • Imagine lining up such amazing figures on one master timeline! Imagine learning their stories back to back in the order they happened! For most of us, it’s an illuminating experience.

    Upgraded to a colorful hardback Student Reader, the Third Edition comes with a digital version of the Companion Guide through a one-time download code. (It’s inside the front cover. For those that prefer paper, a printed version of the Companion Guide is available as a separate purchase.) The Companion Guide is loaded with pretests, multi-age activities, timeline directions, mapping exercises, quizzes, reading lists, and more for an adjustable and enriching experience – no matter your method of education.
    Download Student Reader Weeks 1-4 pdf
    Download Companion Guide Weeks 1-4 pdf
    Download Map Activity Answer Key pdf

  • 108 Lessons
  • Teaches History from Creation to the Resurrection
  • Multi-Age Activities
  • Suggested Book and Video Lists
  • Memory Helps
  • Timeline Suggestions
  • Reproducible Worksheets
  • Tests
  • Review

  • Publisher's Information
    Author: Linda Lacour Hobar
    Bright Ideas Press
    Binding: Hardback
    Faith-Based: Yes

    Awards and Endorsements:
    Cathy Duffy's 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
    Tied for first place in Mary Pride’s “Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards” for 2009!
    Old Schoolhouse Magazine “The Excellence Award – 3rd Place” in the category of “History.” voted Reader’s Choice 2012 by readers in Best Homeschool History Resource Contest
    Mystery of History Review by Purposeful Homeschool

    review by Purposeful Homeschool

    ”This homeschool curriculum has a Christian worldview and mixes in biblical history with secular history to provide a beautiful, complete history curriculum.”

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 6 reviews
    Maybe we would have enjoyed a different approach

    I think our daughter would have liked the book more if there were activities to do. We will be using a non-religious based approach for history next year. I think it left some details out because it was staying in the religious aspect.

    Well written and Enjoyable

    First off this curriculum is written with a Biblical world view. If that is not what you are looking for check out Story of the World. My kids and I started with this History Curriculum and we were hooked and completed books 1-4. She starts with creation, gives you a new look into People who lived during Biblical times, including many not mentioned in in the traditional Sunday School Stories. The last Chapter is my favorite ending with the Resurrection and a beautiful alter call. It is easy to picture Secular figures living alongside those we are familiar with in the Bible. Susan is very engaging in her writing and is enjoyable to listen to in the audio version. A must have for students such as my son with Dyslexia. The format is easy to adjust for multiple grade levels. All if my kids grades PK-7th get something out of the lessons. We have worked thru this curriculum several times.

    Kim E.

    Really enjoying a Christian based history curriculum. Lots of great options on how to implement it.

    Wonderfully presented

    I am really pleased with the way this is presented. I love how the author has made it accessible to kids of all ages.
    Since the book came with a free download code for the companion guide, I decided to not order the physical copy, so as to save a little money.
    I wish I had ordered it though.
    I appreciate the free download code, and will definitely make use of it, but I would reconned ordering the companion guide with this.

    Kara J.
    Great book

    This book is interesting and breaks each section into easy to read portions. Love the faith based teaching of this book.