Mystery of History V3 Renais, Reform, Nations

Mystery of History V3 Renais, Reform, Nations

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Item #: 042048
ISBN: 9781892427083
Grades: 4-8

Product Description:

Hardcover book, 441 pg. which includes the instructions for a digital download of the Companion Guide (maps, activity worksheets, quizzes, and tests.

Publisher Description:

The Mystery of History Volume III Student Reader continues the spectacular and provocative study of world history from the viewpoint of a Christian author. Spanning the Renaissance, Reformation, Exploration, and some early American history, this volume explores the backdrop to and the significance surrounding the time-honored contributions found in art, music, literature, science, and philosophy of this rich era. Discover 84 stirring lessons written by Linda Lacour Hobar in a colorful, easy-to-hold hardback.
Category Description for Biblioplan for Families:

Its as amazing as it always was and yet its so much better! For years BiblioPlan meant a series of four time-period-specific planning guides for world history. Using a spine and incorporating first-rate literature suggestions, they provided the framework for anyone wanting to study world history chronologically and classically. Then a few years ago, they started adding components and we wondered exactly where they were headed. Now we have a good idea and its looking good. The name BiblioPlan is still synonymous with classical chronological world history but what is available now is a full-bodied, full-color curriculum rather than a framework. Its comprehensive and thorough while providing ease of use and minimum teacher prep. They allow students of all ages to work on the same eras at the same time. Theres also flexibility. You can still use just the framework (Family Guide) or you can add some or all of the components. You can take a general approach and incorporate multiple ages at once or you can use material that targets particular education levels (i.e., upper middle school). Older children can help younger children and children of all ages will be making memories as they work together. Biblioplan puts you in the drivers seat with full controls.

Ancient, Medieval, and Modern America & World History are completely revised and all components are available. Early America & World History is currently "under construction" and will be available early in 2014. The unrevised versions are still available but are listed separately to avoid confusion.

BiblioPlan Family Guides

provide the structural framework for the program a full years worth of history and literature readings. There are four Guides, one for each of the four classical (chronological) time periods Ancient, Medieval, Early America & World, and Modern America & World (inspired by the Well-Trained Mom). This is the product that used to BE Biblioplan. In other words, when you said Biblioplan these guides are what you meant. Designed by a group of homeschooling moms for themselves, this guide gives you 34 weekly spreadsheets; each a comprehensive lesson plan. Their goal was to integrate quality historical literature with biblical and secular history. They put together an easy-to-follow plan which requires minimal parental prep covering the historical topic (Classtime), a Psalm study, References and Resources for textual information about the topic, Literature selections of the Week (for grades K-2, 3+, 5+ and 8+), a Family Read Aloud suggestion, Writing Ideas, Optional Fiction & Resources, and suggested Activities. Introductory information includes the usual "how to find books" and "how to use the plan" information as well as the book lists for both the scheduled and the optional literature. If your family includes older students, then youll be glad to know that a supplement for high school is included. Theres more! Prior to each Era (for instance, Early Christianity and the Rise of Islam, Europe & the Crusades, etc. for the Medieval history) there are several additional pages of reference material annotated book lists for the Readers, the Family Read Alouds, and the Optional Resources/Fiction.

If it sounds like the Family Guides might be all you need you would be correct. Theyre comprehensive and thorough; in general, well-constructed plans. You could complete four years (plus four more if you wanted) of interesting history, absorbing literature, and engaging activity possibilities using just these Guides. You may also want to ensure you have access to some or all of the frequently-referenced "spine resources" if you go this route. These include Story of the World, Mystery of History, The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History, or History of US. However, if you like to have perfectly coordinated, quality material at your fingertips rather than scrambling for it then you can incorporate one or more of the following components.

BiblioPlan Companion

There is one for each time period. Essentially, these are historical textbooks but not like any youve seen before. For one thing they provide both textual information (in a narrative prose style) and enrichment supplements. For another, theyre spiral-bound so they lay flat and color-coordinated so you know instantly if youre reading history text (black & white) or about people and special events (various colored backgrounds). These are books which beg to be pored over. In the random pages open before me from the Medieval Companion, there is a section on Muslim food laws and their rituals for newborns, a description of a tughra (Ottoman sultans signature) with gorgeous, artistic examples and a Turkish paper decorating technique ebru. In the Giants of the Faith section is a biographical sketch of Saint George and the Dragon which continues onto the next page and includes a large, glorious artwork reproduction of the same. There is a pattern to the information provided for each chapter (34 in each Companion one for each week): Geography Focus, History Focus, Fascinating Facts, Mystifying Myths, Interesting Individuals, Fascinating Foods, Church History Focus, Critical Concepts, and Giants of the Faith. Just in case theres any doubt, the Companions and all the BiblioPlanmaterials have a consistent biblical and Christian worldview. The Companions provide all the necessary textual information for the Classtime and greatly reduce, or even eliminate, the need for any outside historical reference books or spines. That being said, some may still choose to use the recommended spine readings in order to provide even more historical perspective and textual information.

BiblioPlan Cool History

provides weekly assignment sheets at four different grade level groupings Littles (K-2), Middles (2-6), Upper Middles (6-8), and Advanced (8-12). Its pretty easy to surmise that the goal of these is to allow a family to challengingly study the same time period and the same topics but at their own distinct levels. Templates for a year-long project Giants of the Faith Book are provided along with coordination of coloring pages (lower levels), Giants of the Faith suggestions, and hands-on activities (i.e. crafts, again for the lower levels). There are subtle grade-appropriate variations in the levels but these pages include reading assignments and questions taken from the Companion readings. The Littles book has suggested reading assignments that point to certain sections of the Companions of interest to younger students and Globe Fun (introductory map activities). The Middles and Upper Middles have an Optional Bonus Question or Activity. Both the Upper Middles and the Advanced include periodic (about every six weeks) exams. The Advanced assignment sheets have assorted questions fill in the blank, short answers, short essays (all taken from the Companions) and research essays (outside of Companions). If youre concerned about answers to all these questions they do exist but they arent in the Cool History books. Its necessary to contact the publisher ( for permission to download the answers. Im impressed with the general breadth and scope of these assignment sheets. Theyre obviously designed for review, retention, and reinforcement. And, in general, theyre visually appealing with full color illustrations. However, the space for writing answers seems irregular (Middles is too small 3/16" line spacing; Upper Middles has no lines) and may mean it will work best for your students to transfer all answers to notebooks/binders.

BiblioPlan Hands On Maps

provides one or two full-color maps each week that correspond to the weeks lesson content. Instructions for the maps are printed directly on the map. While students may need to gather a little helpful information from the Companions and/or a world map, students will be able to complete the maps at their level more or less on their own. The Middles maps set has suggestions for K-2, 3+, and 5+ students. The Advanced maps set includes six geography exams as well as a geography scope and sequence. The same set of maps is included in both books but the Middles includes some prompts and partial information that make them easier to complete.

BiblioPlan Timelines & Figures

are well-crafted supplements with one distinct advantage over many other timelines theyre in color. The spiral-bound books can be used "as is" or the pages removed and the timeline mounted on a wall or the pages three-hole punched and the timeline placed into a binder which would allow your student to create an entire timeline in one place. Lots of flexibility here. The timeline consists of one or more colored strips (color varies with the time period) plus dated notes on particular events. The student cuts out the graphics and pictures (located in the back of the book) and inserts them in the appropriate place. The Ancient Timeline includes a single timeline. The Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Timeline includes two timelines one for church history and one for "regular" history. The America and the World Timeline features facing pages one for the Americas and one for the World. As mentioned earlier, the Timeline Figures are mostly in color (some 19th and 20th century figures are prints of original black and white photos) and, frankly, very eye-catching. Figures include portraits, artifacts, geographical features, monuments and buildings, photos or drawings of events, and much more.

BiblioPlan Craft Book

provides over one hundred crafts that correlate with the Family Guides. These are the crafts referenced in the Cool History assignment sheets. And I must say, the book I examined (Medieval) was very impressive. I would have loved to have such a well-illustrated and well-explained variety of crafts and projects to accompany our history studies. On the random page I opened, there are seven crafts which flow from four separate weeks (by the way, there are seven additional projects for those same four weeks the average is over three per week). A few require materials from other sources but most include directions; all include full-color pictures. Heres the selection: Porcelain Painting (buy a kit), Hold a Japanese Tea Ceremony (get details from internet), Make a Kharbhooja Sharbat Drink (directions), Make a Flying Dragon Head (directions), Make a Chinese Dragon (directions), Make a Yurt (directions), Make a Chinese Cricket Cage (directions). Patterns where needed are provided in the back of the book. This book is fully integrated with the BiblioPlan program but could also be used as a supplement to another world history study.

The BiblioPlan Coloring Book

provides coloring sheets to accompany the lessons. These are referenced in both the Family Guides and the Cool History for Littles assignment sheets. There is at least one and often two pages per week.

The BiblioPlan Family Discussion Guide

is for families who want some help in broadening their history studies into thoughtful family discussions. These Guides provide discussion starters that will help you guide your students into a better understanding of the connections between secular history and their Christian faith. One of the advantages of the Discussion Guide is that they allow you to lead discussions without having to study everything in the Companion yourself.

Remember the Days

is a historical textbook series specifically designed for younger readers (K-6). Covering the same topics (World History, U.S. History, Church History, and Geography) as the Companion and having the same 34 weeks of study, there are more fun stories and more "young" appeal. While you will most likely need to read to your early elementary students, upper elementary students will be able to handle much of the reading on their own. Currently Volume 2 (Medieval Days) and Volume 3 (Early Modern Days) are available with the other two expected over the next two years.

BiblioPlan Cool History Classic

is a republished version of an older edition of the Cool History books. In this version (which did not have grade level grouping designations), questions are based on the textual content of Susan Wise Bauers Story of the World rather than on the BiblioPlan Companions.

So, if your whole family is ready to dig into world history and you want flexibility, an excellent road map, comprehensive textual information, and colorful, engaging reinforcement and enrichment possibilities, then look no further than the new, reconstructed BiblioPlan. ~ Janice

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Best History book ever. My son loves this series, so definitely buying it.
Amor R on Aug 31, 2020
Denise C on Jul 25, 2020
Best History book ever. My son loves this series, so definitely buying it.
Amor R on Aug 31, 2020
Best history curriculum we've ever used. From a Christian standpoint.
Mary D on Aug 8, 2020
Denise C on Jul 25, 2020
I love that this history program is chronological and from a Christian perspective. We have done the first two volumes and look forward to number 3!
Abram T on Jul 25, 2020
not best price, but prevented paying shipping on another site
Alison R on Jun 20, 2020
I love this series!
jacki C on Jun 16, 2020
This is our history curriculum for 7th grade.
Sheila S on May 29, 2020
I am eager to use this because i used the first volume and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Heather M on May 12, 2020
Continuing thru this series of books
Phyllis E on May 4, 2020
We're working our way through Mystery of History. My child really likes the focus on the stories of history and how God is sovereign over it all.
Meredith B on Sep 6, 2019
We've loved Mystery of History, vol 1 & 2, so are looking forward to another great year of study in vol 3. We love the short, manageable lessons that are so packed full of fascinating stories. I appreciate all the additional resources, the timeline figure activities, and the ability to easily use this with a broad age range.
Sarah on Aug 26, 2019
This is the best series on History that I have read. My kids keep up with it well and usually end up begging me to read more!
User on Aug 9, 2019
Required for my daughter's class
Kim C on Jul 30, 2019
Judith M on Jul 22, 2019
My son that doesn't like school, found he likes this history. I his mom know by this that miracles still happen:)
Rochelle K on Sep 7, 2018
school chose this curriculum. We have used it before and its a fun way of learning history.
Mian D on Aug 24, 2018
choice of co-op teacher
Eleanor A on Aug 18, 2018
We love the Mystery of History series! History is presented in a clear, chronological order in bite size pieces easy to enjoy across all grades.
Suzi B on Aug 15, 2018
We have used The Mystery of History, Volumes 1 and 2. We really like this series and are eager to continue using it. It is very user friendly, with a great book list for additional reading. The map work is good, too. Because each lesson includes activities to choose for different age groups, it continues to be very useful.
Denise S on Aug 8, 2018
Home School Recommendation.
Barbara L B on Jul 29, 2018
My co-op group chose this book.
Jennifer E on Jul 28, 2018
I love the integration of Biblical and Historical data.
Kim on May 30, 2018
We have loved volume 1 and 2. We are excited to continue our journey with volume 3.
Jarrie S on May 29, 2018
We've loved the first 2 volumes!
Lori F on May 2, 2018
Homeschool Coop Curriculum for 8th Grade
Sharon H on Apr 24, 2018
like being able to print what I need as much as I need
Kristie R on Apr 3, 2018
next level
Nicola R on Jan 6, 2018
Previous positive experience with volumes I and II.
William D on Nov 13, 2017
We've used the first two volumes and are very pleased with this curriculum.
Marci F on Sep 26, 2017
Required for a co-op class
Melissa B on Aug 17, 2017
im homeschooling my son and this was the curriculum i needed
cristina n on Aug 9, 2017
Already use.
Nicky B on Aug 8, 2017
Required for a coop class
Timothy C on Jul 26, 2017
My children, 3rd and 7th grade, are doing World History this year. I wanted a chronological history that told the history of the world, while including which Biblical events were going on. I have always wanted to learn what was going on all over the world at the same time, as opposed to what was going on in one place over all of time.
Heather on Jul 5, 2017
Mystery of History gives a great overview of the world's and Christian history combined. The lessons are easy to read and understand and the projects are fun to do. We have thoroughly enjoyed the first two books and are very much looking forward to studying the third one.
Pavlina D on Jul 3, 2017
"God centered History curriculum. Our group recommends Story of the World, but my son didn't like it, and it didn't seem very thorough.
Andrea N on Jun 30, 2017
I am excited about the hard cover book with color pictures. Mystery of History focuses on the biblical portion of this time period, which is a must in our homeschool. So many important things happened during this time and I want my kids to clearly know what god was doing in His church during this time. I also love that the author includes history from the whole world, rather than only western history.
Kristen D on Apr 24, 2017
We used vols. 1 & 2 and enjoyed both. Met the author at a HS convention in Cinti and she was kind and informative. Really like seeing what various things were going on in the world at the same time. Truly eye opening. Gives you a better view of life at that time from a Christian perspective.
Leslie T on Mar 30, 2017
Easy way to teach chronological history from a Christian perspective. Written in a way that is interesting for upper elementary/middle school students to enjoy.
Tieneke V on Mar 16, 2017
We love The Mystery of History! And with the print out cds, I can use them with all my kids for years to come.
tiffany e on Jan 17, 2017
Loved volume one and two and we are excited to start volume 3! Makes history easy to remember and fun! It's in the top two favorite subject in our hone, along with science.
Amanda S on Jan 14, 2017
Volume 2 was a wonderful addition to our classical history routine last year and I expect great things from Volume 3 this year.
Douglas C on Jan 3, 2017
Because we were done with volume 2.
Veronica S on Oct 31, 2016
needed for online class
Michael O on Sep 30, 2016
Having already completed MOH Vol 1 & 2, we had to continue with Vol 3. This book is beautiful, they did an excellent job putting it together. Love the color pictures!
Jessica D on Sep 13, 2016
My girls fell in love with history last year thanks to The Mystery of History volume 4 series. This year my daughters will study the Middle Ages, and we are looking forward to using the Volume 3 as a resource.
Pamela C on Sep 9, 2016
loved the first two volumes
Jenene B on Sep 2, 2016
I am a fan of Mystery of History!
Sharon W on Aug 25, 2016
Mystery of History series is comprehensive with a comfortable flow of information that is thoroughly planned. Easy to use.
Rebecca G on Aug 24, 2016
Comprehensive study in short,easy to understand chapters. Most importantly, it is Christ centered. There are also meaningful exercises to enhance the subjects.
Rick P on Aug 16, 2016
Best history curriculum we've ever used. From a Christian standpoint.
Mary D on Aug 8, 2020
I love that this history program is chronological and from a Christian perspective. We have done the first two volumes and look forward to number 3!
Abram T on Jul 25, 2020
4.5 / 5.0
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Love this series
We love this volume as much as the others. Beautiful color pictiresb too.
September 6, 2020
2 months ago
Anti-Catholic Text
After reading through this book in an attempt to lesson plan for the school year, I was very displeased to be faced with a strong anti-Catholic textbook. The author used word choices and tone to suggest that the Catholic Church is dirty and sly in its dealings. Except for 4 instances, she consistently chooses negative examples of people from the Church instead of fairly presenting both issues. It is clear that she does not really understand Catholic teaching or the motivation of the saints in regards to their choices of suffering. She also includes too many references to the sexual lives of the people of history she chooses, especially the artists, which do not have any bearing on their impact on the history of the time. It seems that she is looking for stories with shock factor to interest her readers, but some of those "shocks" are not very historically accurate. There are a few very nice stories in the book that accurately reflect the history of the time, but even these are poorly intertwined with each other to show a true understanding of history as guided by Divine Providence.
May 7, 2020
Another Great Volume!
This is another great volume from MOH - a great way to learn history as a family, and works well for a wide age range (currently using with my 7th, 5th, and 2nd grader). We are enjoying the hardcover text and the color photos. While I wish the supplemental material was still part of the book, it does keep this text from being as bulky as past volumes.
September 26, 2019
1 year ago
My highschooler read this for fun, that's how good it is!
March 8, 2019
over 4 years ago
Linear and Christ-centered. Our entire family loves the Mystery of History series and would highly recommend it to both homeschooling families and general lovers of history lovers alike. It will be a great addition to your library!
November 29, 2018
over 2 years ago
Great all around books!
This is our 3rd year! We have enjoyed the first 2 years. Hoping this will be even better. I as a homeschool mom am learning so much right along with my kids! Well put together books. Projects, research, maps. It's all there.
October 22, 2018
over 2 years ago
Still committed to this series, but MUST supplement from Catholic sources because ignorance of the side of the Church is very much present here. I wrote to author and expressed my concerns. I am still buying 4th volume because of the good treatment of other history. Most any informed Catholic would be outraged at some presentation here.
May 14, 2018
over 4 years ago
3rd year of Mystery of History
This is our 3rd. Year of using Mystery of History. We have completed V1 and V2. The reason we have stuck with this series is bc we love reading the stories. History is much more fun and memorable when it is a story instead of a bunch of facts to remember. Instead of doing the suggested activities we have discussions about what we read. The new format is great! I love having all the text in a book with beautifully colored pictures.
September 13, 2016
over 4 years ago
Loving our MOH
We recently purchased the MOH V3 set mid year as I was unhappy with our current program. I have an older, middle and younger student using this curriculum. This meets everyone's needs and is more than adequate to satisfy requirements at all levels. We enjoy the full color text and how the information is laid out. It is easily everyone's favorite subject. I believe history as a subject can and should be enjoyable and engaging- this fits the bill for our family.
March 23, 2016
over 4 years ago
Simple & profound
Thoroughly researched, yet all information presented at an easy read level. When some actions don't make sense, God's word and His sovereignty shine above all. Love the hard cover format with beautiful pictures to complement lessons.
November 3, 2015
over 5 years ago

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