How do you Illuminate? The Mystery of Historystacey lane
From: “Step by Step” by Richard Mullins
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days
Oh, God, You are my God.
Wow, how many options are there to complete MOH? Do I have to do it all? Timeline? Note cards? Folderbooks? Coloring Pages? Map work? Notebooks? Projects? Do I set it up during the summer, weekly or the morning of?
Ok, now re-read the song referenced above. I don’t know about you but I have to remind myself to take it step-by-step to get this all planned for the coming school year! Maybe these steps will be helpful to you as well:
Step 1 Pray and ask God to lead you in the best decisions for your family.
Step 2 Once you have made the decisions, grab hold of that peace and don’t let Satan whisper in your ear that you aren’t doing enough!
Frequently Asked Questions about using The Mystery of History
- Do I have to do it all? No. We are on our second rotation of MOH and each year and volume has looked different. This past year there was a lot of illness at my house and we didn’t complete any projects. (We did eat some great “themed food” though since we did still have to eat even when some of us were sick.) If your students are younger then skip note cards or notebook pages. If you have older students or younger ones who only will color with a blue crayon, then skip the color pages. (Now, these are just examples because I know someone will have a high school student who loves to color.) If completing a timeline is top on your to-do list then focus on how that will need to be completed.
- Timeline questions? Please read our blog on Timelines. You’ll see lots of great pictures and get ideas.
- Note cards and/or Folderbooks? These are similar choices in that both provide a place to take notes on the lessons. Note cards can be written on index cards and added to either a small notebook or ring clasp. Linda Hobar gives great information on how to complete these in the teacher notes. Folder Books, on the other hand, provide a visual picture and a hands-on element as well as giving you a place to take notes. Please check the web site for more info on folder books.
- Coloring Pages? These professionally drawn pictures are available as a digital download for purchase. For each week of The Mystery of History, there is one page to color. All 3 lessons in each week are intertwined into one picture. Great for keeping hands busy while hearing the lessons read. (At this time, these are only available for MOH vol I.)
- Map Work? You will need several atlases to find the answers for the map work provided in The Mystery of History Vol. 1, first edition. (Historical, Biblical, and current atlases, as sold on this website.) Subsequent volumes include map answer keys in the books themselves. Each volume has blank outline maps provided for the student to write/draw on. Some of the map work will be too difficult for early elementary students. If it seems too hard for your student, skip it. Do what is age-appropriate and don’t worry about the rest. Over the course of the year their map skills and knowledge of geography will improve and each subsequent year they will be able to do more.
- Note books? Linda Hobar provides directions to file activities in a notebook style in her teacher notes. Some like to print extra notebook templates as a place to write notes on the lessons. This can take the place of note cards, folder books, and wall timelines. At the moment, specific note book pages are note provided by Bright Ideas Press but some generic ones can be found on the web.
- Projects? There are 3 levels of activity ideas provided for each lesson. They range from arts and crafts to researching more on a topic. Some provide planning but most can be done the day of the lesson. This year I am going to pick one a week to do. (I also want time to complete projects in the literature study guides provided by Illuminations.)
- Do I set it up during the summer, weekly or the morning of teaching? Yes!! I do most of my printing in the summer for student pages, maps, and timelines. Weekly I look for any extra supplies that might be needed for the projects. Morning of, I check on progress but if I haven’t been able to do any pre-planning we wing it and keep going.
Relax. Breath. Enjoy learning with your students!
Reminding myself to take it step-by-step,