My autistic son does much better with MOH then anything else we've ran into that is textbook style. He is a reluctant history learner and MOH #1 connected a lot of history to the bible, which he enjoys learning about.
I LOVE Mystery of History, probably more than my kids. It is set up in a chronological order, instead of by place. I love that because you can see how people effect one another and see where things find it time with other events. I use the Audio CDs to save my voice. I can't wait to start with volume 2 this year.
This is a great curriculum. I love how it ties in the Bible throughout the lessons. It helps the reader realize the Bible IS history, not separate. I also appreciate the activity suggestions broken up by age group. We also try to include the suggested readings that we get from our local library. We are just starting volume 1 and I already have volume 2 on my wishlist for next school year.
We used this curriculum this year and enjoyed it. I appreciate that it can be used with multiple ages and it ties biblical history into it as well. The readings are pretty short and the activities are fun and engaging. I found many resources online to add to our learning experience. Pinterest was a major friend to me. However, my son has a hard time focusing as I read and I'm not sure how much he was actually retaining. My daughter is in third grade and we have been doing world history since she was in kindergarten (k-2 was online public school). I decided it was time for a change. I was ready for us to study American history. Even though I liked it, I decided it really wasn't for our family.
I love that this can be used with multiple grades, with projects for each level after I read the lesson. My children enjoyed the lessons, especially when they recognized a story from the Bible. MOH is one of my most favorite curriculums that I have used, I highly recommend it!
I am loving this curriculum more and more each day! We have yet to scratch the surface of the resources that are provided in these books (as well as what I can find online using them), but have already learned so much just by reading the daily lesson, making the timeline and completing one of the activities that are provided. It has fostered many impromptu discussions and research sessions based on something that has sparked interest in my children. They ask for it each day!
Grade levels used
Multi-level, based on a four year rotation = very affordable
We struggled with keeping the focus of the children. They enjoyed the activities especially the Ice Age ones! One downside is that my oldest (8 yo) son memorized all of the dates EXACTLY and trying to explain to him that we don't know the specific dates was a challenge. May try again next year since we only got through maybe 1/4 of the Volume 1 book.
Grade levels used
Easy to use, concise, flexible, fun activities for younger children
My boys had a hard time focusing and being engaged with the reading aloud
I love that all of my kids can learn history together. At the end of each lesson there are additional activities you can do to help your kids understand what they have just learned. There are different suggested activities for different age groups (younger, middle, and older). My kids enjoy learning what was going on in different parts of the world at the same time. I like the fact that everything is presented linearly instead of just learning about a specific part of the world alone. The book itself is quite heavy, but I know people who chose to take it to a print shop and have it split into three parts and each part gets spiral bound. If you choose to do that, the best way is to split the 1st and 2nd 9 weeks into one book, the 3rd and 4th 9 weeks into another books, and the reproducibles into a final book. Spiral binding seems to be the way to go so you can easily photocopy in the future.