Story of the World Vol. 2 2nd Edition Audiobook CDs

Story of the World Vol. 2 2nd Edition Audiobook CDs

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Item #: 041242
ISBN: 9781933339122
Grades: 1-6

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An unabridged audio recording of the text, read by Jim Weiss. Set includes 9 CDs with a total of 11 hours of running time.

Story of the World Volume 2 Audiobook from Rainbow Resource on Vimeo.

Volume 2 picks up where Volume 1 left off, and tells the fascinating story of the "Dark Ages," from the fall of Rome through the Renaissance. Like the preceding book, this story of history doesn't limit itself to a dry, white-bread-without-the-crusts retelling of a primarily European history, instead it is a rich, whole-wheat blend of European, Indian, Chinese, Australian, Arabic, Japanese, Jewish, Mongolian, Turkish, African, Russian, Australian and American history during the period. Fascinating topics abound here, including knights, samurai, Vikings, the rise of Islam, the Crusades, Genghis Khan and the Mongols, the Plague, the Mayans, the Incas, Marin Luther, the Reformation, the discovery of the Americas, and much more. A timeline and an index are included at the back. Revised in 2007, this 2nd edition text is available in hc or pb, and activity book is paperback.

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

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Grade Start
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CD-ROM; Compact Disc
39600 sec.
Series Title
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Ser.
General Adult
Jim Weiss (Read by)
Brand Name
Peace Hill Press
0.55 (lbs.)
6.0" x 5.25" x 1.0"
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Carol M on Feb 25, 2023
Sandra A on Aug 20, 2022
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Carol M on Feb 25, 2023
We absolutely love the audio versions and use this with the Activity Book for our history curriculum
Jessica K on Jan 31, 2023
Sandra A on Aug 20, 2022
My kids love this audiobook, and retain so very much from just listening once!
Lara M on Aug 12, 2022
My son loves to listen to the SOTW audiobook while following along in the book.
kristin s on Jul 19, 2022
makes reading the chapters for school so much easier!
Nicole O on Jul 11, 2022
We love the books and wanted to listen to them in the car.
Genevie D on Jun 14, 2022
We love listening to the story of the world while we are driving and running errands. It reinforces the lessons that were learning in school.
Emma S on Aug 17, 2021
We love to just listen to SOTW in the car.
Haley N on Aug 13, 2021
supplemental history for homeschooling kids-- we listen in the van and they loved the first one.
Anisa T on Aug 6, 2021
Story of the World Audiobook allows this mom of 5 to be freed up for a little bit while the older kids listen to this great history book series
Kelli H on Jul 29, 2021
History 2nd volume
Fabiola M on Jul 20, 2021
kids LOVED this first volume. they have been begging for me to order the second one!
Jennifer W on Jun 4, 2021
To accompany My Father's World Rome to Reformation
Ellen K on May 21, 2021
Recommended by other homeschool parents (Classical Conversations)
Rebecca H on Mar 16, 2021
Add on to our History curriculum/unit studies
Lee S on Mar 15, 2021
Love the series
Rachelle L on Feb 25, 2021
We loved the narration of Jim Weiss for the first set of CDs. It's nice to have the option of listening on the go, or taking a break from reading and following along with your book. Proper pronunciation of names and places is great too!
Hilary S on Feb 3, 2021
Friend highly recommended!
J B on Aug 19, 2020
These items are excellent resources for world history for any age (8yrs - adult), especially in the time of necessary home learning. Though from a somewhat "Christian" perspective, the author gives a very real and accurate recounting of world history with the inclusion of the various world religions, no alteration, elimination or fact changing. Just the real deal! She honors concisely the entirety of the human experience/history up to 1960's. Absolutely recommend!!!
Rachael S on Aug 1, 2020
We got the audio version of another volume of SOTW, and it was a nice break from doing a lot of reading aloud! The kids enjoyed hearing another reader also.
Ruth L on Jun 10, 2020
My kids love listening to Jim Weiss tell the stories from their text! The recordings combined with the activity book makes history their favorite subject.
Whitney D on Mar 26, 2020
My kids love SOTW, audiobooks are great when we're in the car
Amri D on Aug 13, 2019
Easy to have learning in the car!!
Karel W on Aug 13, 2019
I chose this product so on crazy days we can listen to it in the car or while I’m cooking dinner.
Catherine M on Aug 12, 2019
My kids love listening to the stories and historical events.
Kimmi W on Apr 19, 2019
I love the opportunity to listen to these history CDs while we're traveling.
Roxanne G on Apr 17, 2019
My kids loved the Story of the World Vol 1 CD's. We listen in the car and at home. We are starting the next book and my kids asked for the next set of CD's.
Christyann B on Aug 17, 2018
We love the audio for learning.
Rebecca Z on Aug 11, 2018
My son enjoyed the first volume
Megan L on Mar 11, 2018
I homeschool 3 kids
Amy H on Jan 11, 2018
My grandchildren love volume 1 and are ready for the next volume.
Cecile C on Nov 29, 2017
next in series
Anita G on Sep 18, 2017
We have been using Story of the World for 2 years. This year we are spending more time in the van, so I thought listening on CD would be a great option for us! I do still love snuggling up on the couch reading with my kids, but this will be useful when we simply don't have time.
Rochelle W on Sep 15, 2017
We like to listen to the Story of the World audiobooks during our breaks for additional historical education.
Debra E H on Aug 31, 2017
Great History text.
Diane D on Aug 20, 2017
We love Story of the World for History - and the audio books are wonderful! We do our history lesson on the way to piano lessons or as we run errands! It's nice for me as the 'teacher' and I'm sure the kids enjoy hearing someone else read to them for a change!
Jaci R on Jun 30, 2017
We have the audio CD's for Volume 1, and they are great for getting work done on the go, as well as for read alongs!
ELVIN P on Jun 9, 2017
We used the audiobook for the first volume. Loved it! Back for volume 2!
Brooke H on Jun 8, 2017
Now I don't have to figure out how to pronounce all the names!
Melissa D on Mar 1, 2017
It's a wonderful supplemental history course that is fun to listen to even when driving in the car.
James C on Feb 25, 2017
Once again searching through my other sources you company was there for me with the best pice.
yvette p on Jan 22, 2017
We often find ourselves in the car, but with the use of audiobooks, school can continue. :) My girl love listening to Story of the World 1 and often would complain when I needed to turn the "story" off. We can't wait to continue listening to the story.
Karen V on Jan 7, 2017
My kids LOVE to read along as they listen to the audio CDs for our history lesson. It makes it more engaging and super convenient for days when we need to school on the go!
Paula S on Jan 3, 2017
My boys enjoy these so much and ask to listen to them regularly.
Patricia S on Nov 30, 2016
Continuing a course of study that has worked well for us
User on Nov 20, 2016
We love this History curriculum! It makes the material very interesting and easy to understand.
Amy M on Oct 17, 2016
I want to play this in the car for my son who other wose would not be exposed to history of the world.
Anemette T on Oct 3, 2016
my kids love listening and I love them learning.
Keeley L on Sep 15, 2016
I like using the Story of the World Audiobook CDs while traveling in the car or while doing tasks around the house. It allows us to get two things done at once.
Sharon G on Sep 2, 2016
We absolutely love the audio versions and use this with the Activity Book for our history curriculum
Jessica K on Jan 31, 2023
My kids love this audiobook, and retain so very much from just listening once!
Lara M on Aug 12, 2022
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Listening and learning
My kids love this!
September 13, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Resource
Great resource when we’re homeschooling in the car. Interesting to listen to.
September 12, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Learning made fun!
My children love Story of the World! The best part is that they are learning history while listening to a story that keeps them engaged.
February 24, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great for long car rides!
This is our second year using Story of the World. I've been very impressed with the books, as well as the CDs. I love using the CDs as a supplement to the books. We all listen to the CDs in the car, then we read the book, then listen to the CDs, again--it really helps to cement the information!
July 26, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Finally a CD for kids that the parents can enjoy equally We have listened to this series while on road trips and our whole family becomes entranced in the story Even our youngest (2 and 3 at the time) was content to listen to these CDs When not joyriding these CDs are ideal for the auditory learner the beginning and developing reader as well as the tired and/or stressed teacher who has had enough (ie me) =) I have had great success playing these for my kids while they read along in the SOTW books Not only are they getting the benefit of reading (seeing the words) it while hearing it simultaneously I get a bit of a break from reading once and a whileWe have listened to the CDs several times; they are definitely worth the cost regardless if you use SOTW academically or not
January 18, 2008

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