Mystery of History

The Mystery of History homeschool history curriculum by Linda Lacour Hobar teaches homeschoolers world history from a young-earth Christian perspective, & encourages to children to see how the Gospel of Jesus is the mystery behind all of history!

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The Mystery of History Volume 1: Creation to the Resurrection, 3rd Edition is written from a Christian, young-earth, perspective, and teaches children to see God's hand throughout history! Written in a conversational style, many lessons are presented in the form of mini-biographies, integrating fascinating stories with the events of the time. Covering creation to the resurrection, students will learn about famous biblical characters, ancient peoples, and well-known men such as Aesop, Buddha, Pythagoras, Confucius, Emperor Asoka, Herodotus, Caesar, Hannibal, and Herod.

This is a stand-alone text, but there are numerous recommended resources that parents can choose from to use with it. Ideally, students start the week with a short "What Do You Know?" pretest found online, then read the lessons and complete the activities. After reading the three lessons for the week, it's recommended that families set aside one day for review and geography (including memory cards or timeline figures). At the end of every other week, there are "what did you miss?" exercises and "what did you learn?" quizzes, at the end of every quarter there are "put it all together" worksheets , and at the end of each semester there is a semester test.

A download code to access a 500+ page digital Companion Guide is included on the inside front cover. This Digital Companion Guide includes pretests; activities for younger/middle/older students; timeline directions; mapping exercises; quizzes; literature suggestions; and more! (Code is for one family only and cannot be resold).

The 108 lessons will take a year to complete if you follow a traditional 36 week school year (3 lessons per week).

All Ages - 1st Grade through High School.

397 pages, hardcover. Non-consumable.

This 3rd edition features three improvements:

  • Now in hardcover for durability

  • More than 400 color images and maps with fact-filled captions are included
  • A download code to access a 500+ page digital Companion Guide

  1. Companion Guide for The Mystery of History, Volume 1 (3rd Edition)
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Round out your Mystery of History I program with this companion guide. This companion guide is designed to be used with the sold-separately Mystery of History Volume 1, Creation to the Resurrection, Student Reader, 3rd Edition.

  1. The Mystery of History Volume 1 (Second Edition) Companion Guide on CD-ROM
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Make history class easy with this printable collection of supporting materials for Bright Ideas Press' Mystery of History Volume 1 curriculum! This convenient CD-ROM includes activity directions for each lesson along with pre-tests, weekly reviews, mapwork, timeline assignments, quizzes, exercises, quarterly worksheets, and semester tests, as well as outline maps, resource lists, answer keys and activity supplements. Easy-to-use: choose whether to view and print items for a particular week, or find by type of resource (e.g. all tests).

System Requirements: Windows 7 & up, and Mac OSX compatible. Required Adobe Reader DC or higher.

Volume 2

  1. The Mystery of History, Volume 2: The Early Church and the  Middle Ages Student Reader (with digital code to download  the Companion Guide)
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    Bright Ideas Press / 2021 / Hardcover
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An engaging, historically accurate Christ-centered approach to the early church and the Middle Ages. Journeying from A.D. 33 to 1456, your students will explore the lives and legacies of New Testament figures, church leaders, kings, queens, Vikings, samurai, scientists, and more. This revised full-color edition features a unique code to access the downloadable companion guide. Grades 3 to 12. Approx. 700 pages, hardcover.

  1. The Mystery of History, Volume 2: The Early Church and  the Middle Ages Companion Guide
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  1. The Mystery of History Volume 2 Companion Guide CD-ROM
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Make history class easy with this printable collection of supporting materials for Bright Ideas Press' Mystery of History Volume 2 curriculum! This convenient CD-ROM includes activity directions for each lesson along with pre-tests, weekly reviews, mapwork, timeline assignments, quizzes, exercises, quarterly worksheets, and semester tests, as well as outline maps, resource lists, answer keys and activity supplements. Easy-to-use: choose whether to view and print items for a particular week, or find by type of resource (e.g. all tests).

System Requirements: Windows 7 & up, and Mac OSX compatible. Required Adobe Reader v.11 or higher.

Mystery of History Volume 3

    1. The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations (1455-1707) Student Reader, Volume 3 (with digital code to  download the Companion Guide)
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      Bright Ideas Press / 2008 / Hardcover
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    A highly accessible, Christ-centered overview of the major cultural and historical events of the Renaissance, Reformation, and growth of nations---designed to captivate your world history "sleuths"! Covering the rich and provocative era dating from 1455 to 1707, Hobar's colorfully illustrated text is structured around the classical approach, with an emphasis on reading, writing, and hands-on activities. Features 84 lessons, photos, an extensive index, and a unique code to access the downloadable companion guide. 441 pages, hardcover.

    This companion guide accompanies The Mystery of History Volume 3 Student Reader, and contains the material to accompany the lessons. Pre-tests, hands-on/research activities, timeline instructions, mapping work, memory cards, quizzes, worksheets, tests, and an extensive booklist for additional literature about the time period are all included.

    Round out your Mystery of History III program with this companion CD-ROM that includes student activities--just print and enjoy! Maps, quizzes, and all the material found in the paperback Mystery of History Companion Guide (paperback) is found here for those who prefer the printing capabilities. This companion CD-ROM is designed to be used with the sold-separately Mystery of History Volume 3, The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations Student Reader.

    System Requirements:

  1. Windows XP/2000
  2. 128 MB RAM
  3. 16X CD-ROM Drive
  4. 16-bit color display or better capable of 1024 x 768 display resolution

  5. Mac OSX or higher
  6. Power PC G4 500 MHz or higher
  7. 128 MB RAM
  8. 16X CD-ROM Drive
  9. 16-bit color display or better capable or 1024 x 768 display resplution.

  10. Mystery of History Volume 4

    Mystery of History Volume IV is the last and final volume of the Mystery of History series from Bright Ideas Press! Covering 1708 to 2014, it begins with Bach and Handel, brings the reader through multiple "wars of independence" as well as many "wars of ideologies" between Marxism, Darwinism, Fascism, and the Cold War. World War I and II bring the reader to more modern day conflicts, including a collapsed Soviet Union, a divided Korea, tension in the Middle East, and an ongoing War on Terror.

    However, in addition to studying the violence of this era, the artists, inventors, writers, and humanitarians who contributed toward the "soul" of mankind over the last three centuries are also integrated. A world history text, Mystery of History 4 does cover important events in American history (though it cannot stand alone as an American history course), including the American Revolution, the War Between the States, the War in Vietnam, and the Civil Rights movement.

    The last and final chapter looks at what is to come as outlined in the Book of Revelation. This section does not follow any single view of eschatology, but it will take students to the final chapters of Revelation, and its picture of the new heaven and new earth.

    Volume IV is a hardcover volume that contains all of the lessons students are to read. It also contains a unique download code on the first page of the book to give access to the Companion Guide, which contains pretests, activities, quizzes, timeline directions, mapping exercises, and literature suggestions.

    607 pages, hardcover. High School content; with parental modifications of content may be used for younger grades.

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    1. The Mystery of History Volume 1  Challenge Cards - PDF Download [Download]This is a digital download product
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    2. The Mystery of History Volume 1  Notebooking Pages [Download]This is a digital download product
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