We are digging into the [sc:BIP ] and enjoying it too. Enjoying history? Is that possible? Oh yes.
Week one spans from Creation through to right before Noah. The children enjoyed creating a book detailing the days of creation but the best part of the week was creating animals out of play dough and trying to give them names. While that might sound easy, it is harder than you think.
I am having a small problem with getting the children to stay focused during the narrations, but picked up the corresponding [sc:BIP] coloring pages and hope that will help next week. I also talked to my friend Stacey of Layered Soul who works with Bright Ideas Press, and she had some great suggestions including just hitting the highlights of each lesson (since my children are young and will probably study this again) and investing the the [sc:BIP] audio.
The Mystery of History Timeline
We also prepped our timeline for the study.
I shared several ideas for making your own history timeline but decided to go a different direction, taking the suggestion of Marci at The Homeschool Scientist who mentioned to me that she used a cardboard project board.
Marking every two inches on the board in pencil, I placed the first strip of duct tape between the 2- and 4-inch mark and alternated from there. This was so simple and took about ten minutes total… even with four children constantly asking, “Whatcha doin’ now, mommy?”
An outline for the male and female figures is available in the [sc:BIP] text. I made a few copies and then cut and taped them onto a single sheet. Then, I made several copies on card stock. Is it sexist that I made copies of more men than women?
Using the cutting board, I quickly cut the figures apart but did not cut them further since the [sc:BIP] text mentions the children might need to draw additional items on the figures and will need the space. To make life a little easier for myself, I divided the boys from the girls and placed them in plastic storage bags so I can easily grab what we need.
Other shapes are also needed from time to time so keep some blank card stock or index cards available.
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Additional resources for Mystery of History, Week One
- Free Creation Coloring Pages
- More Free Creation Coloring Pages
- Learning Activities for Jubal and Tubal-Cain
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