I love history. I have loved it since I was a homeschool kid, and I have always loved teaching it to my own children. In fact, it’s central to my business. And in twenty-one years of homeschooling, I never loved a history curriculum more than Mystery of History. By popular request, I have been sharing how we use it in our homeschool, mostly with middle and high schoolers. I have lesson plans below, and continue updating them.
Volume 1: Creation to the Resurrection Lesson Plans
When searching for a history curriculum, please, I beg you, don’t settle. Don’t just look for cheap, online, or “hands-off.” Don’t just ask what credits your high schoolers needs. Don’t ask “is all that extra stuff necessary?”
Go. All. In.
Start at the beginning and go with your kids through the centuries. Pull out the maps and globes. Make a timeline. Study the Old and New Testaments. Peruse ancient writings. See historic artifacts at museums and online. Learn about old languages, customs, and battles.
History is the most neglected and butchered school subject in the public education system. Homeschool parents: don’t copy that. We, the homeschool community, have curriculum, books, videos, and supplements that blow public textbooks out of the water. I am not exaggerating.
Pour your heart into this. Make the time. Learn what you do not know. See what you missed growing up.
History is so fascinating when you take the time to explore it. It’s eye-opening, inspiring, and just plain cool. And you know what happens if a society doesn’t know their history…let’s not go there.
So ask: what history curriculum is going to give my kids the best possible education about the history of the world? What will teach them to see men, governments, and God differently? How can my kids get the kind of history education that produced a Churchill, a Jefferson, or an Alfred the Great?
Don’t just settle for checking off boxes. Go all in.
Mystery of History makes this possible.
Volume 2: The Early Church and the Middle Ages
In Volume 1, Christian apologetics gets a wonderful foundation. In Volume 2, it builds on the entire Old Testament and the life of Jesus by exploring Paul’s writings and the growth of the church and spread of the gospel. This is important because the secular world (schools, social media, entertainment) try to paint the church and God’s followers as many things: backwards, evil, murderous, and more. Our children need to know the truth. Yes, Christians have made many mistakes (we are human, after all). But that’s not the whole picture. Volume II of Mystery of History does a wonderful job of giving that whole picture.
Visit my main lesson plan page here. There is also a link to my Medieval book list for kids, my Volume 2 YouTube playlist, and a free copywor download.