Sunday, April 30, 2006

Mystery of History

We have been using Mystery of History Volume 1 this year, taking it slowly through the text, doing 3 lessons a week or so. We are now on lesson 43 which is an introduction to the City of Rome, c. 753 BC.

This past week, the children took an oral quiz - 30 questions asking: Who is..Eve...the Sumerians....Hammurabi....King Wen...etc....? They got 26 of them right! Here are the 4 they missed. Do you know who these historical people are?
Who was King Minos?
Who was Khufu?
Who was Jeroboam? (They knew it was a Biblical king, so MORE than that is needed!)
Who were the Aryans?

I love the clearly written Christian perspective of the text and the choices of activities are varied and fun, yet bring home the point of the lesson.

The memory cards have been the main sticking point for us. We are keeping up with them, but it is the only thing the kids really complain about. We have enjoyed doing the map work and the timeline.

The activities really complement the lessons. We made a plumb line to go along with the lesson on the prophet Amos. The kids dyed cloth with stinky dye to remember the Phoenicians. They made Lego ziggurats to illustrate the Tower of Babel.

The thing I love about MOH is that Biblical history is integrated seamlessly with the rest of world history, putting it on the same level. I want my kids to see the events of the Bible as true beyond a shadow of a doubt, as well as know when the events occurred and in what order. This is something I never learned, but I am learning now and MOH is a great tool to help my kids to see the big picture.