This year I am teaching at our church-school our History and Bible class for our 1st-8th graders.
We are using Mystery of History as our spine, but I am pulling in many other resources as I am teaching such a wide variety of ages.
It is the first time I have ever taught multiple ages in a school setting, so I have been a little nervous about doing a good job.
Since we are doing ancient history and Mystery of History is a Biblical history textbook, it made sense to combine our Bible and History class into one class. I teach 12 kids for about 30-45 minutes, and then I have a Google doc for the week for the 7th-8th grade students where they can click on links for each day. From those links, they can watch a video or read the article and then write a paragraph or answer questions about what they have learned.
I thought some of other teachers or homeschool parents may be interested in seeing what resources I have pulled together as many of these can be used for any curriculums that teach ancient history. Here is what I have pulled together so far. I am sharing 3 lessons at a time as that is what they suggest for one week of Mystery of History. I am actually doing 4 lessons this first week, but I’ll share what they suggest.
Lesson 1: Creation
- I pulled out some of my secular textbooks that I had bought such as The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia and The Usborne Encyclopedia of the Ancient World: Internet Linked and showed them how that most places will start the beginning of time using MYA — millions of years ago. However, we know that since God created the earth and from the genealogies listed in the Bible, our earth is only 6,000-10,000 years old.
- I also read to them a true story from The Human Odyssey, Vol. 1: Prehistory Through the Middle Ages about how kids discovered a cave with prehistoric drawings on the wall. It was interesting story, yet it was slanted with a secular viewpoint. I feel like the kids should know what they will hear when they are out in museums and in secular schools and know what is wrong with those beliefs.
- We discussed also the dating of timelines using B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini, “in the year of the Lord) and how many now use the abbreviations B.C.E (Before Common Era) and C.E. (Common Era) and also the abbreviations c. or ca. for circa (about).
- They did the pretest from Mystery of History.
- For Bible, I showed the video on Answers in Genesis called Six Days. It is video bringing to life Genesis 1.
- We discussed the lesson from Mystery of History and the 3rd-8th grade filled out the listening sheets that are free downloads in the Mystery of History Yahoo group.
- I had them cut out the days of creation pictures from this paper and glue them on a creation notebooking page that I got free from Notebooking Nook.
- We added the “Creation” timeline figure to our timeline. I downloaded a set of timeline figures for free HERE. I’ll have to take pictures of our history wall later.
- We went over their memory verses for the week. 5th-8th grade will memorize Hebrews 11:3 and 1st-4th grade will memorize Genesis 1:31. We said both verses together. We also went over 4 catechisms together. Three are from Bob Jones catechism, and one was from the Westminster Shorter Catechism book:
1. Who made you? God made me.
2. What else did God make? God made all things.
3. Why did God make you and all things? God made me and all things for His own glory.
4. What is the work of creation? The work of creation is God’s making all things of nothing, by the word of His power, in the space of six days, and all very good.
- The 7th & 8th graders did their Monday worksheet.
- We put the 2 papers (creation and listening worksheet in one divider of their notebook; the worksheet with their verses and catechism in another divider; and the worksheet the seventh and eighth graders did went in another divider.
Lesson 2: Adam and Eve
- We discussed some of the lesson from Mystery of History.
- We watched the video called “Made in God’s Image.”
- I read the 2nd chapter of Adam and His Kin to the class.
- I showed them the picture of Adam and Eve from Veritas Press History cards.
- I showed them where the Garden of Eden may have been located on a map of Asia.
- They did the listening worksheet.
- I gave them search-a-word puzzles that they could do.
- The 7th and 8th graders did their worksheet.
- The worksheets were put in their folder after the previous day’s work.
Lesson 3: Jubal and Tubal Cain
- For Bible, we read the third chapter of Adam and His Kin. I am really enjoying the imaginative way this book was written. We will have to stop reading it for a while, but when we study Egypt, Greece and other countries, I will come back and read this book to them for Bible.
- We did the Mystery of History lesson and the kids did the listening worksheet.
- We put the timeline figure up on our timeline.
- Then we pulled out a couple of The Student Bible Atlases and we did the map work that Mystery of History talks about in the wrap up for lessons 1-3. We put the finished maps in the notebooks under a new divider.
- The 7th and 8th graders did their worksheet.
Tomorrow, I will give a “test” on lessons 1-3
I hope this was a little helpful if you are doing history. The free timeline figures and other pages are wonderful resources for anyone teaching history!
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- What’s the Right Way to do Quiet Time from latoya edwards — I’m still working on this!
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