Last month, this question was asked:
I like to use a spine, such as Mystery of History, for our chronological history rotations, but my children really enjoy literature based unit studies and lapbooking. Is there any way I can combined them, without it being overwhelming for me or my kids?
We shared ways to enhance MOH Volume 1, Ancients, with unit studies and lapbooks from Homeschool Share in this post. This month, we will cover MOH Volume 2.
Mystery of History Volume 2 covers the period from the Early Church to the Middle Ages, approximately A.D. 29 until A.D. 1456. You will find many resources for this period in history on Homeschool Share’s Middle Ages Connections Page. There are numerous Free Unit Studies, Notebooking Pages, and Lapbooks that can be used with this volume. I recommend printing and preparing all the lapbook components you intend to use and storing them in labeled gallon size Ziplocs before beginning. You might also consider putting together a Lap-n-Note in a notebook, instead of a file folder type lapbook. Whichever you choose, be sure to add photos of your children and their completed MOH activities to savor the memories! Here are some more specific recommendations for each quarter:
Quarter 1 – (A.D. 29 – 476)
Quarter 1 of MOH Volume 2 starts off where Quarter 4 of MOH Volume 1 ended, in the Roman Empire. If you didn’t complete the FREE Ancient Rome Unit & Lapbook and/or the economics study based on the Uncle Eric book Ancient Rome and How It Affects You Today, you could do so in this Quarter. And, if you follow a traditional school schedule, those who celebrate Christmas will be doing so in this quarter. Share with your children the hilarious Virginia Kahl picture book, Plum Pudding for Christmas and complete this FREE Unit Study with Printables, or chose another Virginia Kahl Unit Study if you prefer.
Lesson 15 – HSS has an India Country Lapbook and a few enjoyable resources including One Grain of Rice Unit Study & Lapbook, The Story of Little Babaji Unit Study, and Once a Mouse Unit Study that would tie in nicely to this lesson on India.
Lesson 19 – Included on HSS’s Saint Patrick’s Day Connections Page are unit studies for the picture books Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning, St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh, and a Saint Patrick Trifold you can add to your Lap-n-Note.
Quarter 2 – (A.D. 500 – 871)
In this Quarter, we dig into knights and castles and all that epitomizes medieval times. HSS provides a FREE Knights Lapbook with projects for elementary and middle-schoolers. There is also a Knights and Castles Lapbook based on the Magic Tree House Research Guide, and many other resources and suggested books on Homeschool Share’s Middle Ages Connections Page. You could choose one of these lapbooks to complete throughout Quarters 2-4. And, if you follow a traditional school schedule, you’ll be completing this quarter in early spring, the perfect time to share Virginia Kahl’s The Habits of Rabbits.
Lesson 23 – Get in some fun math lessons sharing the Sir Cumference Multi-book Theme Unit while studying King Arthur.
Lessons 28 & 31 – Select a literature based unit study or other China resource including HSS’s China Country Study and Lapbook, Story About Ping Lapbook and Printables, The Empty Pot Lapbook, Round is a Mooncake Unit Study, Fish in the Air Unit Study, Love as Strong as Ginger Unit Study, and/or Daisy Comes Home Unit Study. Or, for individual lapbook components, visit our Misc. Lapbook Components Page.
Lessons 29-30 – Use this Mohammed Report Form to record what is learned.
Lesson 32 – The Epic of Beowulf inspire an interest in dragons? Complete this Free Unit Study for Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges, and/or use the Dragon Report Form or Dragon Book Review as desired.
Lesson 37 – This Charlemagne Report Form can be used to record what is learned. Also, read about Charlemagne’s connection to the first pretzel, completing a mini-unit using Pretzels by the Dozen by Angela Elwell Hunt and these Pretzel Minit Books.
Lesson 38 – Watch the movie Aladdin, based on The Thousand and One Nights, and complete a Movie Lapbook.
Lesson 39-40 – The Vikings are introduced. You can begin this Viking Adventure Unit & Lapbook in this quarter, or complete it in entirety when you get to more Vikings lessons in the third quarter.
Lesson 42 – Use this Alfred the Great Report Form.
Quarter 3 – (A.D. 874 – 1192)
In this Quarter, you can continue or begin the FREE Knights Lapbook and/or the Knights and Castles Lapbook. You could also complete a literature based unit study choosing another of Virginia Kahl’s picture books or one of our favorites, Crossing the New Bridge. Here are some lesson specific ideas:
Lesson 49 – Peruse the China resources recommended in Quarter 2.
Lessons 51 & 52 – Continue or begin the Viking Adventure Unit & Lapbook as you learn about Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky.
Lesson 53 – Compare the history of Macbeth to Shakespeare’s play and complete Macbeth Notebook Pages.
Lesson 54 – Watch the animated version of El Cid and complete Movie Lapbook
Lessons 57 & 61 – Crusades Crusader Book Review
Lesson 62- There are many versions of Robin Hood, but the picture book by Margaret Early is especially beautiful and well told. Here is a FREE Robin Hood Unit & Lapbook made specifically for the Early adaptation, but most components could be adjusted for whatever version you choose. Or watch a version of Robin Hood and complete a Movie Lapbook.
Lesson 63 – Select a literature based unit study or other Japan resource including HSS’s Japan Country Lapbook, Little Oh Unit Study, Taro and the Tofu Unit Study, and/or Crow Boy Unit Study.
Quarter 4 – (A.D. 1210 – 1456)
Homeschool Share has a few chapter book unit studies that would fit well in this quarter. You can read them aloud to younger children, or have your capable older children read them themselves. The Castle Diary takes place in 1285, The Apple and the Arrow, about William Tell, takes place around 1291, and The Whipping Boy. These Unit Studies all have printables to add to your Lap-n-Notes.
Lesson 71 – While you’ll learn more about the explorers in MOH Volume 3, you can use applicable lessons and printables from this Explorer Unit as Marco Polo is introduced.
Lesson 72 – Watch Braveheart starring Mel Gibson and complete Movie Lapbook.
Lesson 76 – The Plague Lapbook can be completed in this quarter as you study the Black Death.
Lesson 77 – Peruse any China resources mentioned in previous Quarters.
Lessons 78 & 80 – As you begin to delve into the beginning of the Reformation, you can supplement your study of Wycliffe and Huss with applicable lessons and printables from HSS’s Reformation Unit.
Lesson 84 – Before introducing Gutenberg, enjoy this beautifully done Marguerite Makes a Book unit study, about a young French girl who helps her father with illumination before the invention of the printing press. Then, peruse these Inventor Notebook Pages to record what you learn about Gutenberg.
There you go! Whether you are using Mystery of History, another chronological history curriculum, or just want to dabble in the Dark Ages, HSS probably has something you’ll find enjoyable! Next month we’ll share resources for the Renaissance and Reformation.