As we begin our new school year using Mystery of History curriculum with out co-op, I wanted to share a few tips about using the curriculum with multiple ages.
In the video, I talk about the format of the daily and weekly lessons. Ideas for comprehension, note taking, and dramatic play. We did a timeline in a notebook last year and will be making a large family timeline using poster board this year.
Last year it worked best to do history first thing in the morning as I mentioned in the video. This year we will be doing math and latin first so history is being bumped to right after lunch. We will still do our “History Tea Time” and after I read the little boys will be sent for quite time while my 4th grader does his summaries and timeline cards. I expect history to take between 30 and 60 minutes depending if we are reading one lesson or two. Right now I expect to read one lesson on Tuesdays and two lessons on Thursdays.
As mentioned in the video, I will be supplementing with Story of the World and The History of the Ancient World, both written by Susan Wise Bauer. I have copies of both as audio books that we will mostly listen to in the car. We also check out a large stack of books each week from our library. We are also reading several literature books that correspond with this period of history. Some of the book we will be listening to as audio books as we drive to and from school. We spend 3-4 hours a week in the car, so I try to use that time to stay on schedule with all our readings (and to save my voice).
I am working on memory work sentences and a reading guide that covers ancient history in 30 week. I hope to be posting soon, so be sure to check back.
If you have any questions on the curriculum, please ask!