The Mystery of History Volume IV: “Wars of Independence to Modern Times”
Easy to Use for All Ages
As a living subject, The Mystery of History is designed for the whole family—with age appropriate activities for hands-on fun, enriching research, and purposeful discussion.
Historically Accurate & Chronological
This series is historically accurate and chronological to help students trace cause and effect, relevance, and the timeless significance of world history.
Unlike most programs, The Mystery of History integrates sacred and secular history on one continuous timeline—to reveal God’s sovereign hand in history.
American History Alongside Modern History
Europe’s Seven Years’ War
The French and Indian War
Livingstone Explores Africa
World War II
The Cold War
The Korean War
Imagine lining up such amazing figures and events on one master timeline! Imagine learning their stories back to back in the order they happened! For most of us, it’s an illuminating experience.
Take a Look Inside—The Mystery of History Volume IV
Download Lesson Samples (from our Student Reader)
Lesson samples from Week 7 (The Fall of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo; Simon Bolivar: Liberator of South America; The Greek War of Independence)
Week 7 (Student Reader)
Download Curriculum Samples (from our Companion Guide)
Curriculum samples from Week 7 (Pretest; activities; review)
Week 7 (Companion Guide)
Listen to The Mystery of History Audiobook (narrated by the author!)
Lesson 19—The Fall of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo (with music)
Lesson 19—The Fall of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo (without music)
Activity 19A—Napoleon's Bicorn Hat (Easy! Poster board, staples, & trim.)
Activity 35D—Model of the Monitor (The turret swivels!)
Activity 38C—Inuit Sunglasses (Cool!)
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Engaging World History—Loved by the Whole Family
"Thank you for writing The Mystery of History. You make it so personal. I really appreciate your way of thinking."Annika12 Years Old
"Your history curriculum rocks!!!!!! It's so learnable and packed with so many interesting little tidbits of useful information that really help me."Michael
"I love how you write! It makes me feel as if you are right here telling me the stories. The Mystery of History is not just a dull, dry history book."Mikaela8th Grade
"We love you MOH!! With eight children, it's so user-friendly. It's a favorite w/ our family, from our nursing baby, several toddlers, and up to our 12-year-old. My newly retired Army husband loves it too!"KatieHomeschool Mom
"Our girls are 5, 7, and 11. We are thoroughly enjoying our study of history this year. We all look forward to sitting together on the couch to read lessons and I love having age-appropriate activities already prepared for each child."Shelley B.Homeschool Mom
"I can't thank you enough for making history so "alive" and exciting for us this year. I am loving seeing all the dots connect. Our girls are in 1st and 3rd. We could do The Mystery of History all day...if we didn't have other things to do like math and homework."Charity M.Homeschool Mom
Volume IV “Best-Seller Bundle”
2. Access the code (in the inside cover of your reader) to download a digital Companion Guide loaded with curriculum for all ages!
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Volume IV FAQs
Linda Lacour Hobar, the author of The Mystery of History, offers a statement of faith that you can read here. She defines herself as an evangelical Protestant and Creationist.
A historical atlas is unique in that it uses old names of old boundaries to define the land rather than modern names. While Volume IV is primarily modern history, there are still old boundaries to consider from the 17th century that will help with understanding present time. Example: In Volume IV, students are asked to map the boundaries of Napoleon’s Empire on a blank student map. A historical atlas provides the answers. The mapping exercises in all volumes of the MOH range from easy to difficult allowing you to choose those appropriate for your students.
Yes and no. We don’t market The Mystery of History Volume IV as an American history program for American students, because it is part of a world history series, and would be missing some important people and events. However, an experienced teacher may choose to use our Volume IV in two years—adding more American history along the way to count for one credit in American history and one credit in world history.
Yes! If used properly, any one of our four volumes of world history can be counted as a high school world history credit. The key is utilizing the Companion Guide features to their fullest to incorporate research, writing, geography, literature, quizzes, Bible reading, and more. But we most recommend Volume IV for high school to insure students learn of the important “-isms” for modern time: Darwinism, communism, Nazism, totalitarianism, socialism, Fascism, etc.
We feel that students in and around 7th grade are ready for modern history, but we offer hands-on projects for younger students tagging along. The time period covers patriotic themes of independence and freedom, as well as the gruesome stories of the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and the brutal break up of Yugoslavia. While difficult, the stories are necessary, lest mankind blindly repeat history and allow more dictators to reign supreme! Outside of the World Wars, students will additionally study: the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Trail of Tears, Charles Darwin, the Impressionists, Mother Teresa, Anwar Sadat, and much more.
Yes! Many families will occupy little hands with coloring pages while listening to an audiobook, narrated by the author. Furthermore, after each lesson students can choose a hands-on activity to reinforce the story using their god-given senses. They can eat, burn, dye, sculpt, color, write, or build a multitude of projects to stimulate their learning experience. The “fun” stuff will help shape a positive attitude toward school.