Child's History of the World (paperback)

Child's History of the World (paperback)

# 010821

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Item #: 010821
ISBN: 9781684224296
Grades: 4-AD

Product Description:

V.M. Hillyer, the first headmaster of Calvert School, spent many of his school years studying only American history. Believing that studying world history would broaden children's horizons and give them a better understanding of the world and history in general, he set about to write an understandable and comprehensive world history children could enjoy. A Child's History of the World functions to familiarize young children with some of the countless historical events and people of significance while reading like a good story. While many of the topics touched upon may not be the most important in overall world history, they are nevertheless significant because they can be understood by a child. The subjects are covered in chronological order, from the beginning of the world through the end of the Cold War. This gives the child a linear view of world history that allows details to be filled in later. The softcover text is 432 pages in length, and is written to pique interest by asking questions throughout the text. Black and white illustrations are interspersed with the textual information to enhance the content. This book is a resource for the History Odyssey level 1 courses, and is written from a different perspective. Although references are made to God and Jesus, the first four chapters talk about how things started and cave men. His suggestion that the earth began as a spark that was thrown from the sun, cooled to a cinder and became the earth as we know it is new for me. Chapter 5 is titled "Real History Begins," so if you're not interested in his version of how the earth began you can begin at chapter 5 and really not miss anything of historical value.~ Donna

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 titles! Additional recommended (but not required) titles are listed in the appendix of each guide, organized by region studied. You should be able to locate most of these at your library.

According to the author, the study guides were created based on three principles – “that history is fun when it is presented as a story, that history is best studied through the reading of great books, and that history is best taught through a world view with an opportunity to learn about different cultures.” In accomplishing that, it also appears that kids will come away with a very cohesive grasp of history, the sense of accomplishment from creating their own book of information about the time period, and well-honed research, writing, and organizational skills too! Although I’ve seen “the notebook approach” used in unit studies, I love how in this case, it makes the student an active researcher and analyst as they compile their notebook and write their own history. I also love the way the guides speak directly to the student. Being able to manage their own assignments and keep track of their work is an invaluable skill – and terrific college preparation at any age! - Jess

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Hard to get.
Mike F on Sep 7, 2022
Looking for a (loose) spine for history for 2nd grade
Elizabeth A on Jan 29, 2022
Hard to get.
Mike F on Sep 7, 2022
This is part of our homeschool curriculum for 1st grade with Ambleside Online. The pictures are beautiful!
Melissa F on Jun 3, 2022
Looking for a (loose) spine for history for 2nd grade
Elizabeth A on Jan 29, 2022
I homeschool my daughter and I like to follow the Charlotte Mason reading list by year. This book was on the year 2 list. All of the books from that list have been incredible. With the literature from that list added to her usual subjects, I feel like she's getting an education that is broad, deep and beautiful. She will need it to grow up in the world we live in now.
Jenny W on Jan 15, 2022
to go with the TruthQuest curriculum
Janelle R on Dec 5, 2021
studying ancient history and using this along with Story of the World and an online curriculum
Beth E on Nov 30, 2021
For history for my 6 year old. It's listed in the Sonlight Language Arts curriculum.
Ana S on Sep 17, 2021
highly rated
Angela P on Aug 19, 2021
I chose this for Ambleside Online's year 2 reading schedule.
User on Jun 23, 2021
Recommended by amblesideonline . org curriculum
Laura E on Jun 3, 2021
We are doing Ambleside Online this spring and this is part of their recommended reading.
Kimberly C on Apr 3, 2021
Highly recommended by a successful home school mom of 30 years
Michelle F on May 3, 2020
recommended by Carol Joy Sied
Jennifer M on Sep 16, 2019
recommended by a friend
Lupita T on Aug 14, 2019
I chose this book because it was part of the required reading for History Odyssey Early Modern Level 1.
Valerie C on Aug 8, 2019
Required for History Odyssey - Ancients Level 1
Gena O on Jul 21, 2018
It was recommended for history
Eva T on Oct 5, 2017
Needed this to go with my History of the Middle Ages for the elementary years curriculum
Danielle S on Sep 15, 2017
I love this book for the early elementary years! I am buying my second copy because I'll have 2 of my kids taking turns reading aloud from it, and I want them to each have their own copy.
Theresa G on Sep 3, 2017
A simple addition to teaching history. I also use Kingfisher encyclopedia of world history and Ruth Beechick's World History Made Simple.
User on Jan 21, 2017
Read Cathy Duffy's Top Pick Homeschool Curriculum Review
Theodore S on Dec 28, 2016
I needed a second copy so that both of my kids could use it at the same time
Daneale on Dec 5, 2016
goes with my curriculum for homeschool.
Carrie K on Jun 20, 2016
Recommended by a friend.
lorna s on Apr 10, 2016
This is part of our homeschool curriculum for 1st grade with Ambleside Online. The pictures are beautiful!
Melissa F on Jun 3, 2022
I homeschool my daughter and I like to follow the Charlotte Mason reading list by year. This book was on the year 2 list. All of the books from that list have been incredible. With the literature from that list added to her usual subjects, I feel like she's getting an education that is broad, deep and beautiful. She will need it to grow up in the world we live in now.
Jenny W on Jan 15, 2022
What is the copyright date?
I am looking for the 1997 edition
A shopper on Aug 16, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We have the new 2020 edition in stock.
Is the language in the book modernized or changed in any way? One reviewer mentioned it was "sanitized" from the original.
A shopper on May 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I don't know about the language of the original, but I bought the one advertised here and loved it! My family used it last year for homeschooling and enjoyed going through it very much. I hope that helps!
Does this book have a student workbook?
A shopper on May 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There used to be both a teacher manual and a student workbook but both are now out of print.
Is this a hardcover or paperback version?
A shopper on Oct 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is a softcover book.
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Rated 5 out of 5
I absolutely love this book. It is easy to digest, and presents world history in themes and stages, so that a child can grasp the development of key aspects of civilization’s growth, and so provides a great framework for other, more detailed histories to be fit into later on. It is entertaining and has pictures and illustrations.
February 15, 2022
10 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
An Engaging Addition to our Library
I purchased this book for Year 2 Ambleside Online. While I feel that it's a great addition to our library, I highly recommend that parents preread the chapters as there are several things that you may want to discuss with your kids about some of the beliefs presented or language used. And sometimes certain terms are used that aren't okay simply because the book was written so long ago. But I preread the chapters assigned to my kids and make little notes on the side of the reading and some notes at end of the chapter to discuss certain things. However, I'm learning a lot of interesting history that I didn't catch when I was younger. The information is presented in such an engaging way. One of the joys of homeschooling is that we get to learn it all again with our kids! Overall, I really like this book.
July 31, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this history book. The timeline is very helpful and the text is easily understood by my 6yo.
October 7, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This is a must have book It is a complete and engaging curriculum that is easy to use and understand Love how it brings other books into it to make it more real and interesting My girls are so close in age I was able to use it with all three at once and they loved it And it's inexpensive! Love the way it is written
November 16, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5
This is a must have history book for K-4 My son has retained so much from it You can combine different ages You have to use a history encyclopedia like Usborne or Kingfisher for more visual content Paula's archives tells you how to schedule these and also make suggestions for other books & movies to go with the book
August 28, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5
Out of the mouth of my 10 year old son "Read another chapter Mom!" I think that pretty much says it all as far as interest factor for children The author heads the 5th chapter with the title: Real History Begins That's where we began reading as the first four chapters were not consistent with the Biblical account of Creation These skipped the book is otherwise a great read
August 7, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5
This is a great book It doesn't matter which curriculum you use or which style of homeschooling you subscribe to everyone (elementary/primary aged) should have this book in their homeschooling library My kids (ages 4 - 9) have all enjoyed this book It is engaging and well written for young ones There is a lot of information packed into this book and it is presented in a way that is not overwhelming or boring for kids It is kind of like Story of the World but I don't think SOTW is written as well There are some who say it is offensive because it uses language of the era in which it was published However this updated version sold by Rainbow Resource has sanitized the book of any language that may be seen as derogatory today
January 18, 2008
Rated 5 out of 5
Years ago a friend of mine who was in her early 80's told me about this particular book Her parents had read it to her as a child and she thought it was the most wonderful story she had ever heard Now that I am a homeschooling parent I have to agree with my friend The book was written in the 1930's by the headmaster of Calvert School VM Hillyer It has been updated over the decades so its contents are current (to mid-twentieth century) Throughout the book are illustrations which in my opinion are works of art that add to the story We are currently reading this story to our six year old daugther and she loves it! I would recommend this book for reading aloud with your family or for your school world history text
February 20, 2007

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