Story of the World Vol. 1 2nd Edition: Ancient Times (Paperback)

Story of the World Vol. 1 2nd Edition: Ancient Times (Paperback)

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In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

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Category Description for History Odyssey:

Imagine a classically-based history course where your child reads great history books and period-related literature, keeps a running timeline of the period studied, writes outlines and summaries of important people and events, completes history-related map work, and does all of this without extensive planning on mom's part. Although it may sound too good to be true, luckily for you it's not! Author Kathleen Desmarais has done an awesome job of combining an excellent variety of resources and activities and presenting it all in a very straight-forward, professional way that takes the stress of lesson planning off of you and puts the accountability and expectations squarely on your history student.

History Odyssey is basically a series of study guides, with one guide covering one era of history (Ancients, Middle Ages, Early Modern, or Modern) in one year. There are three levels to the program, so if you completed the whole series, you would cycle through world history three times - once in elementary, once in middle school, and once in high school education. The first level is intended for grades 1-4, the second level for grades 5-8, and the third level for grades 9-12. There will be twelve guides when the series is complete; currently, there are still several guides in production. The guides are loose-leaf and 3-hole punched, designed to be placed in a binder. You'll probably want a thick one; students will be adding a lot of material!

Although the same eras in history are covered in each level, the expectations on the student become more sophisticated, following the classical education progression. In Level 1 (the grammar stage), students are encouraged to approach history as a great story as they read (or are read to) and complete map work, History Pockets activities, copywork, and coloring pages. This level will require more attention from the parent than the two upper levels. Depending on the reading ability of the child, some reading selections may need to be read aloud or read together. There will also be copies to make and supplies to gather for each lesson. Level 2 (the logic stage) introduces the timeline, outlining as a writing skill, research, and independent writing assignments. Students are expected to read all assignments on their own, and critical thinking and analysis are emphasized through the assignments. Parental involvement should be reduced at this level, as parents should be only checking the quality of each day's work and making sure that it has all been done. By Level 3 (the rhetoric stage), students will be reading much more demanding history selections (including classic literature) and will be writing plenty of expository, descriptive, narrative and persuasive essays. Research, timeline work, and map work are continued from Level 2 but are more in-depth at this level. For each level, history, geography, and writing are strongly represented. Although the writing practice is extensive, you will probably want to be using a separate course in English and writing.

Now that you're familiar with the basics of the course, let's look at the lessons. Lessons are presented to the student in a checklist-type format. All assignments, including reading, timeline, writing, and others are listed for each lesson with a box to check when the task is complete. In Level 1, lessons are structured a bit differently, in that there is some parent preparation (highlighted in gray), a "main lesson" of assignments, and then several "additional activities" listed. Lessons typically include a mix of readings from resource books, map work, timeline work (in the upper two levels), and writing assignments/copywork to be added to the student's master binder. Exceptions may be lessons which ask the student to begin reading a required book. In this case, a recommended time frame is given in which the book should be read, and follow-up writing assignments may be listed. Occasionally websites may be listed to check out more information, but these are not absolutely necessary to the course if you are not able to visit them. Following the lessons, you'll find worksheets referred to in the lessons, outline maps used in map activities, and several appendices. Although the guide is not reproducible, the author does give permission to copy the maps and worksheets for your family's use only.

There are several important aspects of this course. First of all, with the exception of Level 1, there is little parent preparation. A "Letter to Parents" at the beginning of the guide explains the course, while the "How to Use This Guide" lists required resources and other necessary supplies, describes the organization of the student's binder, and briefly discusses several aspects of the program. For the upper two levels, parents will be primarily making sure the necessary books and resources are on hand and ensuring that each lesson's work has been done and is complete. This leads to my next point, which is that at the end of this course, the student will not have "completed a workbook," but will have compiled their own meaty notebook with all their work from the course. Instruction is given at the very beginning of the course on how to organize the student's notebook, and from that point on, the student will be putting all of their work into the binder. The binder will be not only a tremendous keepsake but a collection of all work done in the course. Finally, the timeline is a very important tool used in Levels 2 and 3 of History Odyssey. This can be made by you, or you may choose to purchase Pandia Press's very attractive Classical History Timeline, which is described below. Events and people studied are added to the timeline throughout the course, and when they're finished with the guide, the timeline can be folded up and included in the student's binder.

One bonus to the course is that they use well-known resources and literature that you may already own! Level 1 heavily uses Story of the World books, A Child's History of the World and History Pockets. My sample of Middle Ages Level 2 lists the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Story of Mankind, Usborne Internet-Linked Viking World, The Door in the Wall, Tales from Shakespeare, Beowulf: A New Telling, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Castle (by David Macaulay), The Canterbury Tales, and many more. Check out the lists of resources beneath each History Odyssey Guide below - I'm sure you'll see many familiar


Elementary Homeschool History perfect for the younger child to understand.

In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, lacking in the "fascination" department. I found textbooks very dry as a youngster, but in my case, it led me to do a lot of library reading on my own. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this boredom by presenting a chronological history to elementary students using a classical approach and an engaging narrative.

The Story of the World consists of a text and a curriculum guide each for four eras of history.

The readings in the text provide a base of knowledge for the time period covered, and is augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, recommended literature selections, map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

Homeschool History in a story-like format, great for short attention spans

The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with "The Earliest People" followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a short attention spans. History is presented in a story-like format that young readers or listeners will appreciate. The author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. So, while they wont learn the name of every ruler of a civilization, they will absorb highlights from an era along with particularly notable people and events. Parents often comment on exactly how much their children "pick up" from Story of the World, often impressing adults and other children with their historical knowledge! Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest.

When a chapter has been read, you and the students would then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, page references are given for four recommended supplements: Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every one. A few sample narrations are also supplied. The students narrative is then written and can be illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. You may wish to collect these and place them into a loose-leaf binder, to create the students own world history. After these activities have been completed, you may wish to explore the lesson further, using the list of additional history readings and corresponding literature suggestions. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are provided to help you locate these resources.

A hands on approach to history

Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with "Map Work," where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. The consumable student pages provided for these "pencil and paper" activities are found at the end of the activity book. These consumable pages may be reproduced by individual families only - not by schools or co-ops. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really "get into" the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. Some activities are denoted with a "C" to highlight its use as a good co-op or classroom activity. When youve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

Story of the World test packets and audio CDs

Other supplementals include test packets and audio CDs. Test packets offer some structured review for chapters covered, and the audio CDs allow you to listen to the content of the texts on the road or wherever a CD player is available. The chapters come alive as they are read by Jim Weiss, a professional storyteller. Tracks run from three to five minutes each to make it easier to track your progress or find a specific section.

Basic Packages include soft cover text, activity book and tests. Complete packages include these items plus the audiobook CDs. You can also get a set of the 4 audiobook CDs, all 4 hard-cover texts and all 4 soft-cover texts.

While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, cant we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, and Im sure even older kids would love to get in on some activities too! - Jess




Category Description for Biblioplan for Families:

Its as amazing as it always was and yet its so much better! For years BiblioPlan meant a series of four time-period-specific planning guides for world history. Using a spine and incorporating first-rate literature suggestions, they provided the framework for anyone wanting to study world history chronologically and classically. Then a few years ago, they started adding components and we wondered exactly where they were headed. Now we have a good idea and its looking good. The name BiblioPlan is still synonymous with classical chronological world history but what is available now is a full-bodied, full-color curriculum rather than a framework. Its comprehensive and thorough while providing ease of use and minimum teacher prep. They allow students of all ages to work on the same eras at the same time. Theres also flexibility. You can still use just the framework (Family Guide) or you can add some or all of the components. You can take a general approach and incorporate multiple ages at once or you can use material that targets particular education levels (i.e., upper middle school). Older children can help younger children and children of all ages will be making memories as they work together. Biblioplan puts you in the drivers seat with full controls.

Ancient, Medieval, and Modern America & World History are completely revised and all components are available. Early America & World History is currently "under construction" and will be available early in 2014. The unrevised versions are still available but are listed separately to avoid confusion.

BiblioPlan Family Guides

provide the structural framework for the program a full years worth of history and literature readings. There are four Guides, one for each of the four classical (chronological) time periods Ancient, Medieval, Early America & World, and Modern America & World (inspired by the Well-Trained Mom). This is the product that used to BE Biblioplan. In other words, when you said Biblioplan these guides are what you meant. Designed by a group of homeschooling moms for themselves, this guide gives you 34 weekly spreadsheets; each a comprehensive lesson plan. Their goal was to integrate quality historical literature with biblical and secular history. They put together an easy-to-follow plan which requires minimal parental prep covering the historical topic (Classtime), a Psalm study, References and Resources for textual information about the topic, Literature selections of the Week (for grades K-2, 3+, 5+ and 8+), a Family Read Aloud suggestion, Writing Ideas, Optional Fiction & Resources, and suggested Activities. Introductory information includes the usual "how to find books" and "how to use the plan" information as well as the book lists for both the scheduled and the optional literature. If your family includes older students, then youll be glad to know that a supplement for high school is included. Theres more! Prior to each Era (for instance, Early Christianity and the Rise of Islam, Europe & the Crusades, etc. for the Medieval history) there are several additional pages of reference material annotated book lists for the Readers, the Family Read Alouds, and the Optional Resources/Fiction.

If it sounds like the Family Guides might be all you need you would be correct. Theyre comprehensive and thorough; in general, well-constructed plans. You could complete four years (plus four more if you wanted) of interesting history, absorbing literature, and engaging activity possibilities using just these Guides. You may also want to ensure you have access to some or all of the frequently-referenced "spine resources" if you go this route. These include Story of the World, Mystery of History, The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History, or History of US. However, if you like to have perfectly coordinated, quality material at your fingertips rather than scrambling for it then you can incorporate one or more of the following components.

BiblioPlan Companion

There is one for each time period. Essentially, these are historical textbooks but not like any youve seen before. For one thing they provide both textual information (in a narrative prose style) and enrichment supplements. For another, theyre spiral-bound so they lay flat and color-coordinated so you know instantly if youre reading history text (black & white) or about people and special events (various colored backgrounds). These are books which beg to be pored over. In the random pages open before me from the Medieval Companion, there is a section on Muslim food laws and their rituals for newborns, a description of a tughra (Ottoman sultans signature) with gorgeous, artistic examples and a Turkish paper decorating technique ebru. In the Giants of the Faith section is a biographical sketch of Saint George and the Dragon which continues onto the next page and includes a large, glorious artwork reproduction of the same. There is a pattern to the information provided for each chapter (34 in each Companion one for each week): Geography Focus, History Focus, Fascinating Facts, Mystifying Myths, Interesting Individuals, Fascinating Foods, Church History Focus, Critical Concepts, and Giants of the Faith. Just in case theres any doubt, the Companions and all the BiblioPlanmaterials have a consistent biblical and Christian worldview. The Companions provide all the necessary textual information for the Classtime and greatly reduce, or even eliminate, the need for any outside historical reference books or spines. That being said, some may still choose to use the recommended spine readings in order to provide even more historical perspective and textual information.

BiblioPlan Cool History

provides weekly assignment sheets at four different grade level groupings Littles (K-2), Middles (2-6), Upper Middles (6-8), and Advanced (8-12). Its pretty easy to surmise that the goal of these is to allow a family to challengingly study the same time period and the same topics but at their own distinct levels. Templates for a year-long project Giants of the Faith Book are provided along with coordination of coloring pages (lower levels), Giants of the Faith suggestions, and hands-on activities (i.e. crafts, again for the lower levels). There are subtle grade-appropriate variations in the levels but these pages include reading assignments and questions taken from the Companion readings. The Littles book has suggested reading assignments that point to certain sections of the Companions of interest to younger students and Globe Fun (introductory map activities). The Middles and Upper Middles have an Optional Bonus Question or Activity. Both the Upper Middles and the Advanced include periodic (about every six weeks) exams. The Advanced assignment sheets have assorted questions fill in the blank, short answers, short essays (all taken from the Companions) and research essays (outside of Companions). If youre concerned about answers to all these questions they do exist but they arent in the Cool History books. Its necessary to contact the publisher (contactus@biblioplan.net) for permission to download the answers. Im impressed with the general breadth and scope of these assignment sheets. Theyre obviously designed for review, retention, and reinforcement. And, in general, theyre visually appealing with full color illustrations. However, the space for writing answers seems irregular (Middles is too small 3/16" line spacing; Upper Middles has no lines) and may mean it will work best for your students to transfer all answers to notebooks/binders.

BiblioPlan Hands On Maps

provides one or two full-color maps each week that correspond to the weeks lesson content. Instructions for the maps are printed directly on the map. While students may need to gather a little helpful information from the Companions and/or a world map, students will be able to complete the maps at their level more or less on their own. The Middles maps set has suggestions for K-2, 3+, and 5+ students. The Advanced maps set includes six geography exams as well as a geography scope and sequence. The same set of maps is included in both books but the Middles includes some prompts and partial information that make them easier to complete.

BiblioPlan Timelines & Figures

are well-crafted supplements with one distinct advantage over many other timelines theyre in color. The spiral-bound books can be used "as is" or the pages removed and the timeline mounted on a wall or the pages three-hole punched and the timeline placed into a binder which would allow your student to create an entire timeline in one place. Lots of flexibility here. The timeline consists of one or more colored strips (color varies with the time period) plus dated notes on particular events. The student cuts out the graphics and pictures (located in the back of the book) and inserts them in the appropriate place. The Ancient Timeline includes a single timeline. The Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Timeline includes two timelines one for church history and one for "regular" history. The America and the World Timeline features facing pages one for the Americas and one for the World. As mentioned earlier, the Timeline Figures are mostly in color (some 19th and 20th century figures are prints of original black and white photos) and, frankly, very eye-catching. Figures include portraits, artifacts, geographical features, monuments and buildings, photos or drawings of events, and much more.

BiblioPlan Craft Book

provides over one hundred crafts that correlate with the Family Guides. These are the crafts referenced in the Cool History assignment sheets. And I must say, the book I examined (Medieval) was very impressive. I would have loved to have such a well-illustrated and well-explained variety of crafts and projects to accompany our history studies. On the random page I opened, there are seven crafts which flow from four separate weeks (by the way, there are seven additional projects for those same four weeks the average is over three per week). A few require materials from other sources but most include directions; all include full-color pictures. Heres the selection: Porcelain Painting (buy a kit), Hold a Japanese Tea Ceremony (get details from internet), Make a Kharbhooja Sharbat Drink (directions), Make a Flying Dragon Head (directions), Make a Chinese Dragon (directions), Make a Yurt (directions), Make a Chinese Cricket Cage (directions). Patterns where needed are provided in the back of the book. This book is fully integrated with the BiblioPlan program but could also be used as a supplement to another world history study.

The BiblioPlan Coloring Book

provides coloring sheets to accompany the lessons. These are referenced in both the Family Guides and the Cool History for Littles assignment sheets. There is at least one and often two pages per week.

The BiblioPlan Family Discussion Guide

is for families who want some help in broadening their history studies into thoughtful family discussions. These Guides provide discussion starters that will help you guide your students into a better understanding of the connections between secular history and their Christian faith. One of the advantages of the Discussion Guide is that they allow you to lead discussions without having to study everything in the Companion yourself.

Remember the Days

is a historical textbook series specifically designed for younger readers (K-6). Covering the same topics (World History, U.S. History, Church History, and Geography) as the Companion and having the same 34 weeks of study, there are more fun stories and more "young" appeal. While you will most likely need to read to your early elementary students, upper elementary students will be able to handle much of the reading on their own. Currently Volume 2 (Medieval Days) and Volume 3 (Early Modern Days) are available with the other two expected over the next two years.

BiblioPlan Cool History Classic

is a republished version of an older edition of the Cool History books. In this version (which did not have grade level grouping designations), questions are based on the textual content of Susan Wise Bauers Story of the World rather than on the BiblioPlan Companions.

So, if your whole family is ready to dig into world history and you want flexibility, an excellent road map, comprehensive textual information, and colorful, engaging reinforcement and enrichment possibilities, then look no further than the new, reconstructed BiblioPlan. ~ Janice




Primary Subject
History/Geography
Grade Start
1
Grade End
5
ISBN
9781933339009
Binding
Perfect
Pages
338
Edition
Revised, Illustrated
Language
English
Series Title
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Ser.
Audience
General Adult
Contributor
Jeff West (Illustrator)
Author
Susan Wise Bauer
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Peace Hill Press
Weight
1.0 (lbs.)
Dimensions
8.5" x 5.25" x 1.0"
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To go along with the book text for a history spine.
Daurice W on Oct 20, 2019
Recommended by a friend.
Helen T on Sep 26, 2019
To go along with the book text for a history spine.
Daurice W on Oct 20, 2019
story form of history
jaime g on Oct 11, 2019
Recommended by a friend.
Helen T on Sep 26, 2019
To complement our existing history curriculum.
Kathleen B on Sep 1, 2019
FPA required 1st Grade book list
Swan D on Aug 12, 2019
Suggested textbook from our homeschool co-op.
Deitra M on Jul 19, 2019
Using this as a curriculum choice for 4 years.
User on Apr 7, 2019
I have used this text before. We are cycling back through the Story of the World volumes and needed additional texts for independent reading.
Kelly G on Jan 2, 2019
Heard good things
Samantha D on Nov 12, 2018
I've heard good things about it
Mary L on Nov 7, 2018
Came highly recommended by an experienced homeschool mom friend, who says that learning all world history chronologically (and from a biblical perspective) is critical to an educated understanding of the world as we know it today.
Samantha P on Oct 18, 2018
Recommended as a good history series.
Wendy on Sep 27, 2018
It was recommended
Angela Susan H on Sep 27, 2018
Matches with CC curriculum
Karrie N on Aug 20, 2018
required by homeschool coop
Kristy B on Aug 17, 2018
This material sounds like it makes history more enjoyable to learn .
Ashley A on Aug 13, 2018
We are listening to story of the world this year for history, I am so hands on for other subjects I needed something easy and doable for history.
Eric D on Aug 1, 2018
Needed for Co-op
Dawn J on Jul 18, 2018
We love SOTW, and needed to complete our collection with VOL I.
Jenna B. on Jul 17, 2018
We LOVE Story of the World. So entertaining and love doing history in the car!
Emily D on Jul 2, 2018
Want to try the series and see if my daughter learns from it.
Crystal P on May 13, 2018
Homeschool co-op book
Melissa S on Jan 29, 2018
timber doodle
Sally H on Jan 4, 2018
We are using as our spine for our Wayfarers curriculum history.
Rebecca on Jan 3, 2018
we needed a new history program and this came highly recommended
hannah t on Dec 26, 2017
used it before with a student and want it for my child. great bargain books price.
Patricia C on Nov 6, 2017
All of the reviews said this was good curriculum for multiple grades
Erika M on Oct 30, 2017
I had heard good things from those who used this curriculum. I was not terribly fond of history in school and didn't want a repeat for my child.
Desiree N on Oct 16, 2017
This book is required reading for Build Your Library Grade 1 curriculum. As well as for use with "The Well-Trained Mind: A guide to classical education at home", both of which we are using this year.
Mary Ellen M on Sep 29, 2017
All of the books I ordered were part of Sonlight Core G. You all had the best price. Thanks!!
Kimberly S on Sep 25, 2017
Highly recommended by many homeschooling families.
Bethany S on Sep 15, 2017
to supplement my granddaughter's education
Diane H on Sep 14, 2017
Part of our Sonlight curriculum requirement and we like the author's style
Kristi C on Sep 3, 2017
Recommended by friends
Heather M on Aug 29, 2017
I'm currently using Story of the World Volume 2 as a spine with our curriculum (Build your library) and I just love it, so I thought I would pick up volume 1 and to use in the future. It's great to find a text that is thorough and so affordable.
Diana G on Mar 10, 2017
This is the best history curriculum out there. You can tailor it to your child's grade and it's extremely engaging.
Alexandra F on Feb 28, 2017
part of "Build Your Library" curriculum for 1st grade
Brendan M on Jan 27, 2017
Heard good things about this curriculum, so we wanted to try it out.
Sarah B on Jan 26, 2017
Have used in past.
Bridget R on Dec 11, 2016
This is part of our Kindergarten curriculum.
Chandos V on Oct 13, 2016
Keeping up with my homeschooled grandchildren!
V I on Sep 13, 2016
was highly recommended
Jane F on Sep 7, 2016
school reading list
Dawn K on Aug 20, 2016
recommended
AnaLisa G on Aug 14, 2016
correlates to our classical conversations history
Natashya G on Aug 5, 2016
what our school recommended
Rebecca D on Jul 5, 2016
My sister in law recommended it as a good "all inclusive" start for homeschooling.
Thora J on Jun 9, 2016
Recommended on homeschool site
Jennifer R on Apr 22, 2016
We are beginning a group lesson and this is our chosen curriculum
Dana G on Mar 18, 2016
Nice book - full of information.
James M on Mar 11, 2016
story form of history
jaime g on Oct 11, 2019
To complement our existing history curriculum.
Kathleen B on Sep 1, 2019
Can anyone refer me to a curriculum that is similar to Story of the World (with an Audio format) for younger kids? Grade K
A shopper on Aug 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I use SOW with my youngest, while my olders listen. Of course, I'm planning on doing a 3ish year cycle so I'm introducing everything to him this time around and he will do more with it the next time around.
Are all the history reference books needed for this or is just one enough (Kingfisher or Usborne)?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Neither are needed if you are able to use reliable internet resources but they are incredibly useful especially Usborne! it has wonderful interactive activities that allow the students to do things like virtually visit an Egyptian pyramid and the illustrations are amazing!
What does s/c stand for?
A shopper on Jun 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: s/c stands for softcover. You may see other designations meaning the same thing: paperback, sc, or pb. I'm sorry for the confusion.
What is the difference between the revised edition and the older edition? I have the older one and would like to know if I really need to upgrade. Thanks for your time.
Janel B on Nov 5, 2015
Story of the World Vol. 1: Ancient Times s/c
Story of the World Vol. 1: Ancient Times s/c
Story of the World Vol. 1 Activity Book
Story of the World Vol. 1 Activity Book
BEST ANSWER: Hello,
I am using the Story of the World series to teach Ancient History at a homeschool co-op. Some of my students have the original and some have the revised books. Since some of the families had already owned the book, I have tried to make adjustments when needed so that the families did not have to buy a new edition. So far, most of the content is the same with an infrequent difference in a map between the editions. I don't see it necessary to upgrade. Have a great night.
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Like the Story Format; not enough depth
I figured I would love the SOTW but it fails to deliver in a few key areas. First the pros in my opinion: the cost is fantastic, it covers a great deal of information, the activity book goes along nicely with it and I couldn't imagine using it without the activity book; the list of other recommended resources is VERY helpful and we use them all the time (lists are found in the activity book); I was most attracted to the story format and the kids enjoy that method of delivery.

Cons: There just isn't enough depth to retain the information. It almost spans too much while grasping little. We have been using this now for over half a year and have found to really retain information, we add on quite a few other materials such as biographies, A Child's History of the World, of course the Usbourne and Kingfisher History Encyclopedias, and timelines. So, while this has been a good spine for us, it is not nearly thorough enough to be used as a stand alone resource. I'm not sure that was the author's intention anyway since there are so many recommended books in the activity book. However, for retention sake, I've found us sticking with some areas of history (for example right now we're on Ancient Greece) for much longer than the book intends.

We will continue using it for a spine but I was hoping for a more thorough history view. I still have to find many resources to make this more retainable.
March 5, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
We love this book!
This is an incredible book! Definitely a must-have!
October 8, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
must read
Excellent, I would recommend it for a classical education of a wise future generation.
February 10, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Enjoyable
Currently using this for my kindergartener and a first grader. Both children are enjoying it. I makes my job to teach them easier.
November 3, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Maybe too advanced for 1st grade
We started this with my 1st grader this year. There are a lot of great activities to go along with the story but it seems like it may be too advanced for her right now or that she may benefit more from it when her brothers are old enough to participate in the experiments/activities with her. I also think these first years would be better spent learning more about our nation.
November 1, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago
We love Story of the World! I always hated history in school even though I got straight A's I knew that I didn't have a coherent picture of the past Teaching history to my kids used to scare me until I found this curriculum First I borrowed and read through the Ancient Times book I couldn't put it down! I kept asking my husband things like "Have you ever heard of the Fertile Crescent?" "Did you know about the pictures carved into the ground in South America?" I had never learned about these things! Next I bought the book and activity book I am amazed at how much is packed into the activity book! I spent some time going through it picked out the activities I wanted to do made a list and went to town to buy simple supplies and make copies of the coloring pages The kids are so curious about the macaroni noodles grass seed clay and dowels that I got for history Now I will have practically no more prep time and the projects are going to be so fun to do!Final test: How do the kids like it? After the section about archaeology my 6 year old begged "Would you read that again?" He wanted to hear the text again before they went out on their own 'archaeological dig!' Today when I pulled out the book my 5 and 6 year olds said "Horray! History!" My 2 year old even participates in coloring and 'helping' with the projects and the reading sections aren't long I am able to read them before she gets too bored I'm so happy to have this resource to begin teaching my kids (and myself) all about history! One more note: although this is not a Christian curriculum it does respect the Christian perspective There is no talk of evolution or the evolutionary time-line In the book lists of the activity book there are notes about the books that have evolutionary content or nudity or might have content that is just too frightening for some children I really appreciate this!
June 10, 2011
We used Story of the World #1 as our 1st grade history text as recommended in the Well-Trained Mind This was an excellent grammar stage text for studying ancient history There are 42 lessons and many of them are told in a story format which helped hold my son's attention We did one lesson per week There is a separate Activity Book which I recommend purchasing though it is at least double the price of the text book The book can be used alone of course but the Activity Book has a lot of good ideas in it for bringing history alive in a hands-on manner If you don't get the Activity Book you'll need to get your maps from some other source (such as Blackline Maps of World History Complete Set) This is considered to be not only a history course but a geography course as well
August 2, 2009
We have thoroughly enjoyed this history program! ALL of my children have been able to participate on some levelThey LOVE listening to the chapters being read and I especially like the activity guide with the coloring pages narration questions activities and additional book liststhe children have enjoyed the maps and coloring pages They have learned SO much this year about ancient history and it amazes me how much they remember! My kids are ages 2 4 6 and 8--there is SO much you can add to this curriculum if you wish but if you choose to use it just as it is without anything extra then that is totally fine and so much more enriching than doing nothing at allI also like the ease of using this program! It is pick up and go every time we are ready to do history!
February 26, 2008
The story format of this history text is interesting and short enough for my first grader but I could see that an older child would get a lot deeper with the same material I would strongly suggest the activity book to go with the history text if only for the matching maps and coloring sheets I think that as my daughter colors a picture of what I am reading about-- while I read it-- that she is paying attention on multiple levels instead of her mind wandering The texts are short enough for a single session with each chapter broken into manageable chunks As an adult I really appreciate the worldwide take on history-- not just Europe in here!
October 25, 2007
My daughter used to complain about history until we got this book She is really interested in the stories (and so am I!) and doesn't complain about history any more We used the activity book the 1st year but didn't do everything Mostly we read some of the suggested books in there This year I am only getting the test book to use as review of what she reads She was 10 when she did this book and we did the 2nd also and now will be doing the 3rd this year My daughter is very visual but even though this doesn't have many pictures it didn't matter since the stories are so interesting She comes back to tell me things she read in the book so I know she's retaining the information and understanding it which she didn't in the more traditional history textbooks we used to do
August 3, 2007

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