I am a huge history person, I love it, and I have been switching curriculum for years trying to find one I like. With a house full of kids, I need something that doesn't require a ton of teacher research and prep time, is chronological and thorough, yet makes history as exciting as it should be. We used MOH Vol. 1 last year and it was OK, but I wasn't hooked. We have used Story of the World (not detailed enough) and Veritas Press (way too detailed) and I was looking for something in the middle. Vol 1 covered most of the people and events I wanted, but the lessons were still too light on content and I had to do a lot more supplementing than I wanted to. I considered switching curriculum but thought I would at least look at Vol. 2 first. I was pleasantly surprised! The lessons are a bit longer and offer more background when necessary;there are fewer lessons, so if you choose to spend an extra day or two on a lesson you don't end up having to extend your school year; and, as an added bonus the black line maps were improved so areas of water are slightly shaded. That makes a huge difference with early elementary students. Now I am hooked. We will stay with MOH through all the books. Even with the faults of Vol. 1 my kids learned AND RETAINED a ton last year (The time line activity works wonderfully!). I highly recommend MOH 2.
Although I haven't started this book with my son yet, we just finished the first book in the series and it was OUTSTANDING in its approach to teaching world history from a Christian perspective. Very thorough and easy to use with kids of varying ages. The time line activity is a must and really works for long-term memory and understanding. Activities are great and allow you to use or not use them. My son can't wait to start this book. He even wants to do it over the summer. What a blessing it has been.
After having used Mystery of History this past year I am excited to use volume two. It makes learning so much fun and does exactly what I was looking for in a chronological world history. I love that we can use the book at various levels at the same time. All of the children can learn and benefit at their learning level.