I was given the Mystery of History Vol.1 when I was just beginning this journey of homeschooling. I found it to be the perfect foundation for school. Its very easy to follow and very engaging for all ages. The maps needed and "extras" are in the back of the book as with test answer keys. ( I do have an older edition this may be why. I'm not sure.) You can buy supplements for this to enrich the whole experience of the journey that this book takes you on, but I feel that these are not a necessary to have. My children are looking forward reviewing Volume 1 and digging into Volume 2. I would recommend this anyone!
i love the concept of all of our history in order so my kids can see how the Bible stories they have been learning tie in on the timeline. i dont like that there is no student textbook. This book is more like a teacher text. There are very little pictures and there is so much info in it that ks for the parent/teacher that makes it busy and not fun to look at. I supliment a lot with USborne books, the Bible, The Bible on Netflix, and some YouTube. There are a lot of free printables online I use as well for notebooking. I love all the hands on activites, although we dont do all of them. If this had a colorful student text to go with it it would be pretty much perfect in my opion. It's great as is though.