Story of the World Vol. 1 2nd Edition Audiobook CDs

Story of the World Vol. 1 2nd Edition Audiobook CDs

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Item #: 025448
ISBN: 9781933339047
Grades: 1-5

Product Description:

An unabridged audio recording of the text, read by Jim Weiss. Set includes 7 CDs with a total of 8 hours of running time.

Story of the World Volume 1 Audiobook from Rainbow Resource on Vimeo.

Subtitled “From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor,” this volume covers early writing and farming, ancient Egyptians, Sumerians, the Hebrew people, Babylonians, Assyrians, ancient India, ancient China, ancient Africa, Phoenicians, Ancient Greeks, Persia, the Roman empire, the collapse of the Roman empire, early Christianity, Attila the Hun and other barbarians. Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is available in either paperback and hardcover, and the Activity Book is a bound 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
28800 sec.
Series Title
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Ser.
Jim Weiss (Read by)
Brand Name
Peace Hill Press
0.5 (lbs.)
5.94" x 5.12" x 0.75"
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So the students can read along with the book
Wendy G on Apr 15, 2023
It is the only volume I didn't have a CD for.
FLORENCE K on Feb 4, 2023
So the students can read along with the book
Wendy G on Apr 15, 2023
Fun way to learn history in the car with my grandkids.
Elaine B on Mar 30, 2023
It is the only volume I didn't have a CD for.
FLORENCE K on Feb 4, 2023
Classroom Use
Shawna T on Jan 23, 2023
Kids are not proficient readers yet so can listen to the book instead.
Katrina L on Nov 3, 2022
Easy to listen to on the go - or save my voice at home with daily readings. Great story telling voice that kids can listen to anytime.
Heather R on Jul 19, 2022
We used Story of the World Ancient times for my elementary school age children a couple years ago, and this year I am going to play the CDs when we are on the rode driving in the car as a review of what they learned.
Karen O on Jul 18, 2022
We love the books and wanted to listen to them in the car.
Genevie D on Jun 14, 2022
i want the full set. my kids love these
ANNA T on Feb 15, 2022
We borrowed this cd from our local library and my daughter has loved adding it to her history curriculum. The story format has helped make her learning come alive.
Rachele S on Jan 24, 2022
Friend recommended this to me. Said it was great for commuting and trips with kids.
AUBREY R on Nov 8, 2021
We loved vol 2 & 3. Can't wait to dive into vol 1. Great for schooling in the car! SOW audios are my sons go to for free choice audio book time as well!
Cassie F on Sep 27, 2021
The best price anywhere!
Lara M 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
We love Jim Weiss!
Lauren E on Aug 3, 2021
I love any curriculum that allows me some free time to work on other things. I love that there is an audio available. I can just play this while my kids sit and listen.
Kristin H on Jul 31, 2021
i have the book
Heather S on Jul 18, 2021
This will save time reading to my kids their history. This year they are going to listen to it!
Cassie E on Jul 8, 2021
To use as a supplement with BiblioPlan Year 1 History. My kids always ask if they can listen to more tracks than planned for the day. Excellent recordings!
Rachel F on Mar 13, 2021
Jim Weiss and Story of the World audio CDs have made history lovers of our whole family! I love getting in the car and hearing, "Mom, can we listen to history?"
Jessica K on Feb 28, 2021
My daughter loves the book so much, she asked for this audiobook.
Sarah S on Feb 11, 2021
It will pair up nicely with our program: Classical Conversations
Stacey I on Dec 6, 2020
I have previously used this with my other children.
Tonia M on Oct 2, 2020
For days when I will be unavailable to read aloud, or we are in the car
Becky C on Aug 27, 2020
Friend highly recommended!
J B on Aug 19, 2020
Required for the classical homeschool program we're involved in. We love these CDs!
Amie S on Aug 17, 2020
It was recommended to me.
Celeste M on Aug 16, 2020
I read The well trained mind by SWB and found it through my homeschool research
Blair R on Aug 5, 2020
Fabiola M on Jul 15, 2020
I am looking forward to listening to our history this year.
Michelle P on Mar 30, 2020
I have the books, but the audio will free me up.
BARBARA G on Dec 19, 2019
This was highly recommended by a friend. I like the idea of freeing up some of my time while my daughter and I listen to history together. She can work on coloring her timeline and perhaps I can do laundry or dishes while we listen. Excited to try!
Sarah G on Oct 24, 2019
Engaging history. Purchased CD's for struggling reader.
Heather M on Aug 5, 2019
My family is planning a road trip this summer. I wanted my kids to have something to do / listen to in the car instead of just playing on their ipads.
Barbara F on May 28, 2019
I love the opportunity to listen to these history CDs while we're traveling.
Roxanne G on Apr 17, 2019
So my kids will have a biblical understanding of history.
Margurita A on Feb 26, 2019
To help out when I am tied up and not able to read with child due to other home commitments. So to compliment the books.
Bradley D on Nov 20, 2018
Exceptional Resource!
Michael T on Oct 18, 2018
Since our family enjoys The Story of the World I am getting the audio so we can listen on car rides.
April O on Oct 10, 2018
Recommended as a good history series.
Wendy on Sep 27, 2018
Jim Weiss is a phenomenal storyteller and excellent reader. He makes the story jump from the pages. Have the audio also frees up me to work on elective activities associated with the chapter.
WENDY I on Sep 4, 2018
Ashish M on Aug 28, 2018
Our family loves Story of the World, and the CDs are great to listen to anytime.
Dana L on Aug 16, 2018
To support our study of Story of the World Volume 1.
Hannah R on Aug 14, 2018
It tracks well with the Ancient World Classical Conversations Homeschool curriculum.
Martha M on Aug 10, 2018
Wonderful reviews. Book preview looks fun and engaging.
Elizabeth N on Aug 10, 2018
Studying Ancient History.
Victoria P on Aug 10, 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
We LOVE listening to the Story of the World CD's in the car.
Debby W on Jul 23, 2018
i love this program
User on Jun 24, 2018
Fun way to learn history in the car with my grandkids.
Elaine B on Mar 30, 2023
Classroom Use
Shawna T on Jan 23, 2023
Is there a downloadable audio file to purchase? My car does not have a CD player but if I could download it to my phone or computer, then I could stream it.
A shopper on Jul 27, 2022
BEST ANSWER: There is a download but only on the Well Trained Mind website. I bought the download and play them through Apple Music.
This says the set is 8 hours. Is that just Ancient World or All four volumes? Looking for a total duration for all 4 volumes.
A shopper on Jul 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Just volume 1. Each volume (time period) runs about 8 hrs.
if i purchase the book does the cd follow it word for word?
A shopper on Feb 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. CD is a reading of the text. My daughter listens and follows along in the book.
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Rated 5 out of 5
History you’ll love and retain!!
I never enjoyed learning history as a child, especially ancient history. This audio collection has changed my perspective. My kids beg to listen to it every time we are in the car. Great for all ages. It’s easy to listen to and information is easy to retain. Some stories have added embellishments, but they don’t detract much from the true events being taught.
October 4, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect for my large family! One child can listen to history while I teach a language lessons to another child.
September 9, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Idea!
Love getting to listen with child, younger ones can look at maps or use activity sheets if they aren't reading along with the book.
September 23, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My 7 year old will listen.
My 7 year old son prefers listening to this than listening to me read aloud. We listen to one chapter each school day. The chapters are 5-10 minutes in length. We also use the narration questions in the study guide, my son is really retaining the information! Its short and effective. Its not his favorite thing but not much complaining.
October 11, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Wonderful history curriculum on audiobook
The Story of the World is a wonderful history curriculum and I love the audio book option. I actually use it in conjunction with Layers of Learning. It gives me a break and the kids can listen to it while they color or do other arts and crafts. We also listen to it in the car on longer drives. They really enjoy it.
September 10, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great AudioBook!
Great overview of history and well written for kids! We spend a lot of time driving in the car and having this as an audiobook has been a lifesaver. My kids love listening to it and I feel good knowing we have still done some history even on busy days!
August 27, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Listening Over and Over
Every time we are in the van, my children practically demand to list to these CDs! They have learned more about history from these CDs than I expected. They are fun to listen to, and I have learned things too! Wonderfully, they aren't annoying to listen to over and over and over and over...
May 29, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Jim Weiss, the reader, is easy to listen to. My children are attentive to these stories. We listen to the audiobook in the car and follow up with the information with the activity book.
April 19, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
great for dyslexics
love this set with the quizzes. Wish we had never gotten the text too because it is so good to be able to replay and listen.
November 6, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
First offare there any busy homeschooling moms out there? This is the product for you I had heard about The Story of the World from other moms and thought it sounded really neat I started out with the print version and soon became overwhelmed with life and found that we were not getting around to it as much as I would have liked even though I loved the idea of it With five little ones in this house it is hard to get around to getting dressed most of the time so when I discovered that they had an audio version of this product I pounced It was the best thing I ever did! Now the kids can listen to a chapter or two while doing the coloring sheets or the maps while I feed the baby or quickly do the dishes They are loving it and I love listening while I get something accomplished at the same time! What a great concept! Then we can all come together afterwards and discuss what we learned do a project or two and I love to supplement by finding videos or snippets on youtube to give them a visual of what they just heard It is great fun! I love learning it too What a treat instead of a chore And what is great too is that all of the names of the people cities and such are properly pronounced on the cd instead of me trying to muddle through the pronunciation I highly recommend this product to busy homeschooling families Listen to it at home or on the run in the car In this format it is something that you can get around to amidst your busy schedule!
January 23, 2013

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