8/13/14

8 Reasons This Charlotte Mason Educator Loves Mystery of History {Review}

No Mystery here about how I feel about History!  

Most of my readers know (and hopefully tolerate) that I am an unrepentant history buff.  As many of you well know I have a tendency to lean toward exaggeration ... This IS NOT ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS.  
History is my 'Thang!

Since we are on the topic of "my 'thangs", let me just bring up history books.  Yep, I totally love them too.

As a traditionalist in the subject of history, and well, most all subjects; I prefer to teach by completely ditching the textbook. I have experienced far better results with the use of rich and vibrant living books when teaching.  Reading the classic, older books is my favorite tool for feasting on history.

The Mystery of History is the exception to this rule, every time.
Bright Ideas Press publishes one of my favorite faithful history books, Mystery of History by Linda Lacour Hobar.


I had a startling revelation recently about this curriculum . . . I have used this product for over 5 years and NEVER reviewed my experience on this blog. *gasp*


Now that you have recovered from  the reeling shock, I shall proceed. The Mystery of History series has many appeals for a Charlotte Mason educator, such as myself.  Here are just a few:
  • Engaging narrative format.  The Mystery of History delivers a living book-type experience with interesting and biographical story-telling focus.  The author is passionate about her area of expertise and sharing these stories with her audience.
 
  • Short lessons.  These history lessons are compacted into 2 - 3 page narratives making them 20 - 30 minutes total in reading and lesson time, coming in just under the "short lesson" format that our Ms. Mason recommends.

  • Easy to notebook alongside the engaging history stories.  We use our notebooks faithfully in history, and using this curriculum has made it simpler still.  The activities and appendix provide tons of jumping-off points for our notebooking time.
This was our Trade Days at co-op last year.
The project was put on by local artisans for our Middle School
students taking Mystery of History, Volume 1 - Volume 3.

  • Hands-on activities that require less materials & less fuss.  I love that there are many activities for me, as an educator, to choose from in each lesson.  The choices allow me the option of choosing the less complicated and more engaging activities.  As the children have gotten older, many activities can become project based learning opportunities.
  • Excellent suggestions for living books to enrich the curriculum.  Yes, you heard me right. MORE. BOOKS.  The appendix is chalk-full of literature and history options for additional research and enjoyment.
  • Multi-age and multi-level lessons.  Mystery of History is able to be used and adapted to virtually any grade level, providing options for "Younger Students", "Middle Students" and "Older Students".
This project was created by The Bug during her
study of Mystery of History, Volume I

  • Easy to customize to your teaching style & your student's learning style.  The curriculum is written in such a way as to allow me the freedom to choose the activities, timelines and quizzes that best suit my children's individual learning style & our family's preferences in learning.
  • Unapologetic Biblical worldview.  The truth is the truth.  The truth of God's Word never changes & is the only "True North" for which we should ever judge the history of other people, from other cultures, in other times.  Keeping a biblical worldview whilst telling the story of humankind, ensures that my children will be able to rightly relate the history they are learning, and apply what they learned to their lives through this biblical filter.
Thanks again Bright Idea Press for another great resource for this Charlotte Mason educator to love!
Joyfully Learning with You,

The Joyful Socks Mom 

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Be on the look out for our journey as we complete a new resource from Bright Ideas Press, North Star Geography.

North Star Geography & WonderMaps Combo

8/9/14

10 + Inspirational Movies for Back-To-School

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

Um. Okay? I have never truly understood that line, although it is one of my favorite poems from Lewis Carroll.  What I DO understand is the inevitable washing in of the changing tide.

BACK.TO.HOMESCHOOL.

Officially, I have been prayerfully planning the school year throughout the summer. Unofficially, I have only made true headway in the last couple of weeks.  This pressing of my time and efforts can result in making me a less-than-enjoyable mommy.  

Prayer is the best way to avoid a fear-based, panicked mommy.  Reading God's Word. Check.

Sometimes I just need to have a cup of tea and check-out.  I hope that you will allow yourself a simple moment of luxury, like this before hitting the books again.  Note: I said hitting the books, not hitting with books.  

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These are some great inspirational movies for the educator preparing for going back into the trenches that I recommend:
What is your favorite movie for Back-To-School Inspiration?

If you missed our Curriculum post, here is what Our Charlotte Mason Education will look like this year.
  • Don't forget to get your copy today! The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas.  55 Homeschool Moms sharing their expertise on 103 Homeschooling topics.  Great read for the back-to-homeschool month!  I am also a tiny bit excited about this publication because your's truly wrote two chapters.

Joyfully Learning with You,

The Joyful Socks Mom 

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8/8/14

Life With A History-Buff Homeschool Mom: History Reading List 2014

History and the study of the human race.
The story of the relationship of humans to their Creator, and a gracious Creator back to mankind.
The visible "Red Thread" of Christ's touch throughout recorded history.

These have ever been of highest importance to this educator. History, is given a large spotlight in our home, and taught with  fanaticism enthusiasm.  

Not because it is my favorite subject, because it is.  
Not because it is a requirement, although it is.
Not because we want our kids to have a full education, which we do.
"History is more than only important in academic sense, not only as a means to acquire knowledge, but to identify, sympathize and learn from others who went before us.  Whether good, bad or indifferent history reveals the nature of man and God's will orchestrated in the everyday using ordinary people." - The Joyful Socks Mom

Sixth Grade: The Bug, 10 years old 

  1. The Birth of Britain by: Winston Churchill (Complete Volume of Churchill's History of the English Speaking People)
  2. Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People
  3. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of Alfred the Great
  4. William of Malmesbury's account of the Battle of Hastings
  5. The Magna Carta
  6. In Freedom's Cause by: G.A. Henty
  7. History of Deeds Done Beyond the Sea by: William Tyre
  8. The Daughter of Time by: Josephine Tey
  9. The Life of King Alfred by: Asser
  10. The Life of Joan of Arc by: Mark Twain
  • Heritage History, Christian Europe & Medieval History

"What is all history but the work of ideas,
a record of incomparable energy which his infinite aspirations
infuse into man?
In its pages it is always persons we see more than principles.
Historical events are interesting to us mainly in connection with feelings,
the sufferings, and interests of those by whom they are accomplished.
In history we are surrounded by men, long dead,
but whose speech and whose deeds survive . . .~ Ralph Waldo Emmerson


Tenth Grade: The Squeaker, 15 years old & The Scout, 15 years old
  • History Living Book List:

  1. The History of the English Speaking People, by: Sir Winston Churchill
  2. Streams of Civilization, Volume I 
  3. Streams of Civilization, Volume II
  4. The Story of Liberty
  5. Martin Luther
  6. Luther's 95 Theses

  • Heritage History, Christian Europe
  • We are just reading a few stories from MOH III, since we've already used it in the past.  We love it so much it bears repeating though. ;)  Mystery of History, Volume III

What is your favorite history read?

If you missed our Curriculum post, here is what Our Charlotte Mason Education will look like this year.
  • Don't forget to get your copy today! The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas.  55 Homeschool Moms sharing their expertise on 103 Homeschooling topics.  Great read for the back-to-homeschool month!  I am also a tiny bit excited about this publication because your's truly wrote two chapters.

Joyfully Learning with You,

The Joyful Socks Mom 

Be sure to keep up with Joyful Socks on PinterestTwitterInstagram & Facebook

** This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for your support. You can read my full disclosure policy here.**
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