- Reviewed on Thursday, March 10, 2011
- Grades Used: High School
- Dates used: 2010-11
I have used the MOH series for several years and have really enjoyed all of them. My high school students use it on their own and I assign them several extra items to do during the week. They enjoy having it chronologically and I also started using Illuminations with the program 2 years ago. Illuminations combines literature and study guides with the history to give the student a well rounded feel for this time period.
- Reviewed on Sunday, February 13, 2011
- Grades Used: 6-7
- Dates used: 2008-2010
Many others have posted well-written reviews here on this. I'll just add and not repeat. I agree that Book 2 is weak where it comes to building in strong scriptural knowledge in correlation with history. Much more could be done in this area.
We discontinued using this series. I don't like the organization of it. The sections have three lessons each, some completely unrelated. If we decide to skip one of the obscure people she sees as important, it makes future review quizzes and post-tests impossible to use. You do not have the flexibility to skip any of the MANY saints and heros of the faith in this book. I do like her narrative. The kids find it interesting too. I just don't like to skip around to different countries and people and then review them all in one thing. I'm an immersion person. We have temporarily gone back to Story of the World, which we also like, but will do high school with Diana Waring. Her unit study approach really allows the student to be absorbed into all aspects of the period. MOH is much more text book like. We did not feel drawn to the projects because we felt like we'd never get through it if we did. Frustrating.
- Reviewed on Sunday, December 12, 2010
- Grades Used: 3rd-6th
- Dates used: 2010
Format: One woman's view of history, provided as a narrative - you can read it or listen to her read it. Children create their own timeline to visually see how the historical events fit together. Many - optional but useful - suggested activities and external resources to supplement the overview approach of the course itself.
Pros: Mrs. Hobar reading her work makes it easy to cover history while driving, or while doing crafts, art, etc. (all of which you can tie in to History). The textbook is the transcript of the audio CD's so you and your children can be totally in sync between class coverage and listening as you drive/work. She does make the information interesting, without all the dry and droll names-dates-places memorization that you probably had during your own days studying history. Yet the Children actually do remember, and in perspective, historical events that are presented this way, so the course is effective.
Cons: We gave a very positive review to Mrs. Hobar's "Mystery of History volume I - Creation to Christ". However, as a Christian homeschooling family we cannot give a positive review of Volume II - The Middle Ages. Mrs. Hobar seems confused about what the Church really is, and how God acts in history, and passes that confusion on in this volume. As she tells of historical events, people, and places she tries to tie that back in with her faith, which is supposedly Evangelical. Unfortunately she uses much more opinion and feeling than God's Word, so much compromise and ecumenism permeates her understanding and her teaching. When people in history act in clear violation of God's Word, but the world or various religions paint them as heroes, Mrs. Hobar drops the Bible as her reference and uses "I suppose", "I feel", "I think", and "what do you think?" In MOH I, where there was a time correlation between world events and the Bible -they cover the same time period- Mrs. Hobar presented the Bible as the truth and key to understanding world events. But in MOH II, once the Bible's historical account ends, leaving prophecy instead of history for us to work with, she completely loses that perspective and begins to adopt the religious, but decidedly not Christian, world view with "the Church" as having relevance to determine truth - only problem is, it's the increasingly worldly and apostate church and not the Church that has Jesus as its head.
Recommendation: If you want a study of Middle-Ages History with a Biblical view, look elsewhere.
- Reviewed on Tuesday, October 19, 2010
- Grades Used: 5th & 7th
- Dates used: 2009-2010
If you are the type of person who likes the lessons, activities and reviews laid out for you in an easy to read format you will enjoy MOH.
At first I thought "this is too easy", "Will the kids learn anything?". Boy did they. Our favorite activities were the SomeWHERE in Time mapping. The kids least favorite part was writing out the 3x5 memory cards but it was most rewarding for me to hear them recall the lessons.
The timeline "Wall of Fame" suggestions are excellent. It is the first year we have done a timeline for a whole school year and it was so easy. I hated to take it down at the end of the year, but alas I had to start a new one for MOH III.
There are so many suggestions for activities to go with each lesson that I had to make my self limit the kids to one per week.
Just this week I ordered MOH III to do along side American History from another program because we miss the excellent mapping activities, Christian point of view and constant review.