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I love how much the Bible is the focus of this volume of Mystery of History. I can’t think of a past curriculum we’ve used that integrated bilical history with ancient history in such a beautiful and easy-to-understand way!
Lesson 69: Darius 1
Before reading this lesson, we first watched this video: The Fall of Babylon in Daniel:
Next, I read the Mystery of History lesson aloud, and then we watched three more videos. I love showing the kids how the stories in the Bible are real recorded history.
The following video goes with the Companion Guide suggestion to talk about the fall of the Shah of Iran, which is not-so-ancient history! The other two videos are modern tours of areas mentioned in the lesson.
Lesson 68: Zerubbabel
I like all of the suggested activities in the Companion Guide for this lesson! We chose to read the MOH lesson as well as Ezra chapters 1-6 together. I then had each student copy the letter of Tattenai (Ezra 5:7-11-17) with neat handwriting.
We followed up the the Bible Project video on Ezra/Nehemiah.
We also began reading Victory on the Walls: A Story of Nehemia for our read-aloud time. I tried to read at least 2 chapters each day from now until Lesson 79.
Lesson 69: Haggai and Zecariah
After reading the Mystery of History lesson, we watched both of the Bible Project videos for Haggai and Zechariah. The kids copied Ezra 5:1-2 in their neatest handwriting (yes, I still encourage this for the teenagers). I also really like the “Outlining Zechariah” activity in the Companion Guide, so we did that.
To finish up, we added these events to our timelines, did the mapwork in the Companion Guide, my 10 & 13 year olds added the corresponding sections to their labpooks (folder books), and everyone did the Week 23 review quiz.
Be sure to check out all the great book suggestions and activity ideas in the Mystery of History Companion Guide! Follow the entire course with us at the main Mystery of History Volume 1 page here.
Do you have some fun ideas for these lessons? Comment below!