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Subject: Mystery of History
Date Posted: 4/20/2009 11:44 AM ET
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I know we've talked about MOH before but I can't seem to find an answer to my question in the old threads.

I want to start Vol 1 next fall and would like to do a timeline as we go. Will I need to buy the reproducible CD they offer or are the timeline images in the book? Are there instructions in the book for a timeline?

Thanks in advance.

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 3:35 PM ET
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The maps are all in the book.  (You may want to scan them for easy printing.)  The timeline images were not in the book, but as the CD was not available when we bought Volume 1, we used a combination of stick figures decorated to indicate a character and clip art printed from the internet.  The stick figures were what the author recommended at the time, and even though my daughter doesn't  enjoy too much drawing, she enjoyed making the simple stick-figure characters for the timeline.

The book contains detailed instructions for making a timeline.  There is also a Yahoo Group dedicated to each volume of Mystery of History, where you can find other folk's timeline ideas, literature suggestions, and questions.  The author pops in and out of the Group, so it's a good place to get questions answered, too.  My timeline is a little different from the one in the book; I wanted to turn the board sideways so I could stand it up on the floor when we needed it. 

Good luck!  We loved the curriculum, and my copy is now being loved by friends in New England.

Date Posted: 4/21/2009 3:50 PM ET
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I'm also thinking about using MOH this fall.  One of my friends gave me a copy of the book.  Her children also did the stick figure method.  She used a (sewing) cutting board for the timeline.  It looked great and was easily stored, since it folds.  Here is a link to one:


I also recommend joining the yahoo group for MOH 1.  There is a lot of useful information.  They have a files section where you can see timeline examples and figures.







Date Posted: 4/21/2009 6:06 PM ET
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We are finishing up MOH vol 1 this year. My kids are begging me to continue with vol. 2 next year. I did not buy the reproducibles cd. It was a bit hard to photo copy the maps, etc, but next year I may have the binding sliced and 3 hole punched so I can put it in a binder for easier copying.

I joined the Yahoo group mentioned above and found a lot of great resources. I was even able to get premade timeline figures. Without these shared resources, I would have opted for the reproducible cd. Also, you may want to keep your eyes open for a good historical and/or biblical atlas. I spent a lot of time getting maps off the internet (which by the way, there are links for at the Yahoo group).

Last Edited on: 4/21/09 6:07 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/22/2009 1:05 AM ET
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So do I just search "MOH yahoo" to find the group?

Never mind, I found them on the MOH site.

I appreciate all the replies too.


Last Edited on: 4/22/09 1:09 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/22/2009 9:58 AM ET
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Here are the links to the Yahoo Groups for MOH:




Date Posted: 4/24/2009 12:54 AM ET
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I have the Reproducible CD and I like it.  Everything is in PDF and it has been quite nifty to print out all the tests, pretests, and quizzes.  However, I am a quantification maniac.  It makes me happy to have a record of everything we do.  If you are a more relaxed schooler and are content to do quizzes and test aloud, then it wouldn't be necessarily worthwhile. 

Copying the maps from the book wouldn't be too bad either.  The maps are not the best quality.  Even Linda Hobar has mentioned it in the yahoogroup.  We've used other blank maps to complete some assignments.

As for the timeline figures...  I broke down and bought the Homeschool in the Woods CD.  I do love the graphic quality and options.  If I had younger students (K-3rd), I would probably opt for getting people-shaped diecuts and doing what MOH says to do.  Those seem like so much fun. 

I also ditto the above statement about having the spine cut off and putting it all in a binder.  The corners get really dogearred from all the use!  Plus it'll be way easier to make copies.

Rumor has it that there will be a MOH1 lapbook next year!