I wish I was good at making charts and graphs and things.
Because if I was, I could show you a chart for what I’m about to say, which is that I’ve noticed a thing in our homeschool – that my level of enthusiasm plays a pretty giant role in how much my kids get into whatever we are doing.
Now sometimes, that backfires. I’ve stayed up nights setting up little projects, only to have not one but both children come into the kitchen, look at the table, and drop to the floor moaning.
“Noooooo,” they both cry, and I mentally calculate if it’s worth it to return the reject pile to 2 different craft stores and Target.
On the other hand, I’ve had books that I literally grabbed off the shelf at the library, unsure whether any of us would enjoy them, and they have started wonderful things in our homeschool – long sort of accidental unit studies that make me wonder if homeschooling is actually just sort of random, and if I have any control over this situation at all.
I do, of course, because most often, when we get really into something around here, it’s because I dig it, and I can’t help but share it.
That’s what happened with history this year.
I heard about a spy operation during World War II, and I literally stopped what we were doing for the day so I could share it with my kids. We took a special trip to the library where we found as many books as we could on the topic, and we spent days immersed in study about a dead guy with a fake identity, who threw Hitler for a real loop.
I write about that mystery and more in my ebook History Mysteries.
Recently, I’ve gotten a couple of questions about what’s in the book and who it’s for and how to get it, so I wanted to share a bit about that today:
What age range is History Mysteries for?
I say 8 and up, because that was the age of my youngest when we started studying the mysteries together. But, I also think that all kids are different, and as a mom to a highly sensitive kiddo, I think it’s important to preview and decide what’s right for your family.
On the other end of the spectrum, my oldest is 12, and he has really enjoyed these mysteries too. And, there are resources listed for Moms and Dads, so even older kids might dig those!
What mysteries are included?
I could go on and on about the mysteries, but I sort of do that in the book, so I’m going to keep it brief and just give you a list:
- King Tut’s Curse
- Mary Celeste, Ghost Ship
- Alcatraz, and the Guys Who Got Away?
- Operation Mincemeat
- The Curse of the Hope Diamond
- The Disappearance at Roanoke
- Who Killed John F. Kennedy
- The Salem Witch Trials
- Amelia Earhart – Where Did She Go?
Do we have to study all the mysteries? What if one doesn’t feel like a good fit?
No problem. You don’t have to study all of them. You can use what works for you and leave the rest!
Is this a complete history curriculum? Will it last my family all year?
For us, these mysteries did carry us through the year. But we took it sloooow (like, one mystery a month!) and really dove deep with each mystery. And we did other history stuff too!
How do I use the book?
In our homeschool, we would often listen to a podcast or watch a video first thing in the morning. I would introduce books during our morning time study. I strewed a lot of materials, and we would listen to audiobooks in the car and watch longer documentaries at night or on weekends as a family.
My kids definitely saw me reading about these subjects and we would have a lots of informal discussions.
But that’s just my approach. Do what feels right for your crew!
So where can I get your book?
You can grab your copy right here!
And if you have any other questions at all, I’m happy to answer them!
I have to say, that when we were studying these mysteries together, I never really imagined making what we were doing into a book.
And then when I did, I never imagined people really buying it.
But it was an Amazon BEST SELLER, and hit No. 1 in Education and Reference, History and Homeschooling.
It’s been so fun!
I now make this book available directly through my site instead, though, so it’s printable and clickable! That’s the way I always wanted it, but sometimes technology is confusing!
BUT, you can now grab your copy right here: