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Mystery of History

  1. Creation to the Resurrection, Mystery of History Vol. 1 3rd Edition
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    Creation to the Resurrection, Mystery of History Vol. 1 3rd Edition
    Linda Lacour Hobar
    Bright Ideas Press / 2019 / Hardcover
    $49.99 Retail: $74.95 Save 33% ($24.96)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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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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    Companion Guide for The Mystery of History, Volume 1 (3rd Edition)
    Bright Ideas Press / 2019 / Other
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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 2: The Early Church and  the Middle Ages
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    The Mystery Of History, Volume 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages
    Linda Lacour Hobar
    Bright Ideas Press / 2004 / Trade Paperback
    $36.79 Retail: $49.95 Save 26% ($13.16)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 31 Reviews
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The Mystery of History Volume 2 continues the story of God's working in history with lessons that cover the early church that arose after the death of Christ (AD 33) through the Middle Ages and the invention of the printing press. This classical curriculum is written from a Christian, young-earth, perspective, and gives students insight into how the Gospel of Jesus is the mystery behind all of history! Written in a conversational style, many lessons are presented in the form of mini-biographies that integrate fascinating stories with the events of the time.

Arranged by semester, quarters, weeks and lessons, each quarter begins with an "Around the World" summary of events to introduce the time period; lessons progress chronologically with each week having 3 lessons, a pretest, review, activities (including Memory Cards) and exercise or quiz. This book integrates the text with write-in activity pages; these pages are reproducible for family use or students can write directly on the worksheets. The 84 lessons will take a year to complete if you follow a traditional 36 week school year (3 lessons per week).

Activities are broken down by age group and reinforce the material just learned through fun ideas that engage all learning styles; they're based upon the classical grammar/logic/rhetoric stages. Review exercises cover the timeline and map work exercises; quizzes are cumulative reviews that go over material from the very beginning of the course; the semester-long tests are similar (though longer), covering materials from 2 quarters (one major time period). Quarter-end worksheets help students synthesize what they've learned and keep everyone's memory up to date! Suggested Schedules for different age groups are included, as well as plenty of reproducibles.

Line-listed answers included. 714 three-hole-punched and perforated pages. Softcover consumable worktext. Activity pages are reproducible for in-family use only. Grades 3-8, but adaptable for the family.

This is still the first edition of Volume II, but currently is the 7th printing, which features minor changes such as altered dates (29 AD to 33 AD).

  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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    The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations (1455-1707) Student Reader, Volume 3 (with digital code to download the Companion Guide)
    Linda Lacour Hobar
    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.

  1. The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations (1455-1707) Companion Guide: The Mystery of History 3
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    The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations (1455-1707) Companion Guide: The Mystery of History 3
    Linda Lacour Hobar
    Bright Ideas Press / 2008 / Trade Paperback
    $29.79 Retail: $39.95 Save 25% ($10.16)
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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.

  1. The Mystery of History Volume 3 Companion Guide:  Curriculum and Student Activities Family License CD-Rom
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    The Mystery of History Volume 3 Companion Guide: Curriculum and Student Activities Family License CD-Rom
    Bright Ideas Press / 2008 / Compact disc
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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:

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

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

    1. The Mystery of History Volume 4: Wars of Independence to Modern Times
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      The Mystery of History Volume 4: Wars of Independence to Modern Times
      Linda Lacour Hobar
      Bright Ideas Press / 2014 / Hardcover
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    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.

    All American History

    1. All American History Volume 1 Student Reader with Companion Guide Download
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      All American History Volume 1 Student Reader with Companion Guide Download
      Bright Ideas Press / 2020 / Hardcover
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    All-American History Volume I Student Reader with Companion Guide Downloadis part of Bright Ideas Press's All-American History Series and is a complete year's history curriculum for students in grades 5 - 12 when combined with the sold-separately Student Activity Book and Teacher's Guide. It is also adaptable for younger students. This volume covers Exploration through 1840. Please note: The Student Reader is a hardcover book, and the Companion Guide is a download product.

    1. All American History Volume 2 Student Reader with Companion Guide Download
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      All American History Volume 2 Student Reader with Companion Guide Download
      Bright Ideas Press / 2020 / Hardcover
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    Written in the same engaging style as All American History Volume I, Volume II examines important events from the Civil War to the 21st century, including the atmosphere in which they occurred and their impact on the future of America.

    Weekly lessons include a chapter from the Reader. Learn about American history from the mid-1800s with units on the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, World Wars I & II, The Great Depression, the Cold War and more! Looking at the past through a distinctly Christian lens, All American History provides a full year's worth of history.

    557 pages, available as hardcover or digital download. Grades 6-12.

    The All American History Volume II Student Activity Book (NOT included and sold-separately) includes maps, forms, and review questions.

    Christian Kids Explore...

    1. Christian Kids Explore Creation Science--Book and CD-ROM
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      Christian Kids Explore Creation Science--Book and CD-ROM
      Robert W. Ridlon Jr., Elizabeth J. Ridlon
      Bright Ideas Press / 2013 / Trade Paperback
      $29.79 Retail: $39.95 Save 25% ($10.16)
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    Give your students a thoroughly Christian, Biblical introduction to the creation of the world. Six units are divided between two parts: the first presents an overview of the essentials of creationism, while the second explores related topics such as the age of the earth, the evolution model, and intelligent design. Featuring conversational, accessible lessons that can be used with students in multiple grades, this easy-to-use homeschool curriculum will get everyone involved in science.

    Units and lessons follow a consistent format. Units begin with a short introduction that provides objectives, vocabulary, and materials needed; a coloring page and a unit "wrap-up"multiple-choice assessment are also included.

    Individual lessons include:

    • A "Teaching Time" passage to be read aloud or independently (Scripture and defined terms are in the margin)
    • Five fill-in-the-blank review exercises
    • A "Hands-On Time" activity that reinforces concepts from the lesson (materials needed list and step-by-step directions provided)
    • A "Think about It" critical-thinking exercise based on the results from the Hands-on Time activity.

      The included Companion Resource CD includes daily lesson plans, all reproducibles, materials lists, and a bonus literature study guide

      Units include:

      • Creation Science and the Creation Model
      • Six Days of Creation
      • The Flood of Noah
      • The Age of the Earth
      • Evolution and the Evolution Model
      • Confidence in Creation Science

        This book features 28 lessons, each designed to take approximately one week. If taught twice per week (reading during one science period, activities during the other) lessons will take approximately 60-90 minutes each day. One-year curriculum. Grades 4-8, though some activities for younger students have been included. Answer key provided. Extensive book and resource list with appropriate grade levels also included.

        385 indexed pages, softcover. Reproducible consumable workbook (reproduction allowed for families). Scripture from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

    1. Christian Kids Explore Earth & Space, Second Edition--Book and Digital Download
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      Christian Kids Explore Earth & Space, Second Edition--Book and Digital Download
      Stephanie L. Redmond
      Bright Ideas Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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      5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews

    Encounter the wonders of Earth and its creation, structure, atmosphere, and weather---and investigate the entire universe! Each of 24 weekly lessons features readings and hands-on activities. Also includes a digital download, six unit reviews, answer key, glossary, Scripture memorization, book lists for additional study, supplemental activities, teaching tips, and more. Grades 3 to 6. 360 pages, softcover from Bright Ideas.

    1. Christian Kids Explore Chemistry, Second Edition-Book & Digital Companion Guide
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      Christian Kids Explore Chemistry, Second Edition-Book & Digital Companion Guide
      Robert W. Ridlon Jr., Elizabeth J. Ridlon
      Bright Ideas Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback
      $29.79 Retail: $39.95 Save 25% ($10.16)
      4.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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    Give your students a thoroughly Christian introduction to the underlying principles of matter with Christian Kids Explore Chemistry. Featuring conversational, accessible lessons that can be used with students in multiple grades, this easy-to-use homeschool curriculum will get everyone involved in science. Lessons focus on the basics of chemistry (including matter, measuring, elements, molecules, and compounds) as well as concepts such as bases and acids, states of matter, biochemistry, and more.

    Units and lessons follow a consistent format. Units begin with a short introduction that provides objectives, vocabulary, and materials needed; a coloring page and a unit "wrap-up" multiple-choice assessment are also included.

    Individual lessons include:

    • A "Teaching Time" passage to be read aloud or independently (Scripture and defined terms are in the margin)
    • Five fill-in-the-blank review exercises
    • A "Hands-On Time" activity that reinforces concepts from the lesson (materials needed list and step-by-step directions provided)
    • A "Think about It" critical-thinking exercise based on the results from the Hands-on Time activity

      The Digital Companion Guide includes daily lesson plans, all reproducibles, materials lists, and a bonus literature study guide. Note: Directions to download the guide is included on the front cover.

      Units include:

      • The Basics of Chemistry
      • Atoms and Molecules
      • The Nature of Chemistry
      • States of Matter
      • Organic Chemistry

        This book features 30 lessons, each designed to take approximately one week. If taught twice per week (reading during one science period, activities during the other) lessons will take approximately 60-90 minutes each day. One-year curriculum. Grades 4-8, though some activities for younger students have been included. Answer key provided; fully reproduced questions with bolded correct answers. Extensive book and resource list with appropriate grade levels also included.

        356 indexed pages, softcover. Reproducible consumable workbook (reproduction allowed for families). Scripture from the NIV.

    1. Christian Kids Explore Physics, Second Edition-Book & Digital Companion Guide
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      Christian Kids Explore Physics, Second Edition-Book & Digital Companion Guide
      Robert W. Ridlon Jr., Elizabeth J. Ridlon
      Bright Ideas Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback
      $29.79 Retail: $39.95 Save 25% ($10.16)
      5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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      Stock No: WW427212

    Science isn't just for the specially gifted, and physics doesn't have to be reserved for high school! Accessible to all, thirty challenging lessons present the basic concepts of physics, including motion, electricity, magnetism, and matter. Featuring conversational, accessible lessons that can be used with students in multiple grades, this easy-to-use homeschool curriculum will give children knowledge of scientific principles that they can bring to bear when they reach the advanced sciences!

    Units and lessons follow a consistent format. Units begin with a short introduction that provides objectives, vocabulary, and materials needed; a coloring page and a unit "wrap-up" multiple-choice assessment are also included.

    Individual lessons include:

    • A "Teaching Time" passage to be read aloud or independently (Scripture and defined terms are in the margin)
    • Five fill-in-the-blank review exercises
    • A "Hands-On Time" activity that reinforces concepts from the lesson (materials needed list and step-by-step directions provided)
    • A "Think about It" critical-thinking exercise based on the results from the Hands-on Time activity

      The Digital Companion Guide includes daily lesson plans, all reproducibles, materials lists, and a bonus literature study guide. Note: Directions to download the guide is included on the front cover.

      Units include:

      • The Foundations of Physics
      • Matter
      • Mechanics
      • Matter in Motion
      • Energy in Motion
      • Electricity and Magnetism

        This book features 30 lessons, each designed to take approximately one week. If taught twice per week (reading during one science period, activities during the other) lessons will take approximately 60-90 minutes each day. One-year curriculum. Grades 4-8. Answer key provided; fully reproduced questions with bolded correct answers. Extensive book and resource list with appropriate grade levels also included.

        405 indexed pages, softcover. Reproducible consumable workbook (reproduction allowed for families). Scripture from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.