Story of the World Vol. 4 Audiobook CDs

Story of the World Vol. 4 Audiobook CDs

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Item #: 036453
ISBN: 9781945841941
Grades: 3-8

Product Description:

An unabridged audio recording of the text, read by Jim Weiss. Set includes 11 CDs with a total of 12 hours of running time. Revised edition, but compatible with the previous edition.

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Publisher Description:

The Audiobook brings history to life with this spirited reading of the text by renowned narrator Jim Weiss. Save time by listening on the road or while preparing dinner, or let it lull the children to sleep at bedtime.

Investigate the fascinating story of the modern world, from the American Civil War through the end of the twentieth century – from Europe and the Middle East through India, China, the Arabian Peninsula, Australia, and both North and South America! Read by Jim Weiss, it can be enjoyed independently, read along with the text, or used as a supplement to a traditional history curriculum.

Consider this: it’s almost time for lunch, your toddler is attempting to scale the mountain of laundry that hides the washing machine, and little Sally wants you to read her the chapter about the Space Race again. Do you really want to hinder her thirst for history? Of course not! But what about lunch? And that laundry won’t wash, dry, and fold itself… No problem. Let Jim Weiss take it from here. He can read to your kids when you can’t!

Category Description for Story of the World Volume 4: Modern Age:

Enthusiastic users of Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World will be excited to rediscover the modern era, "From Victoria's Empire to the End of the USSR." This text contains 42 chapters discussing some of the major people, places and events in world history, from 1850 to 2000. Some highlights include: the Crimean war, the American Civil War, the Second Reich, the Japan's Meiji restoration, the Suez canal, the Boers, Western expansion in the U.S., the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Mexican Revolution, the rise of Joseph Stalin, Hitler's rise to power, the Holocaust, the Atom bomb, the partitioning of Palestine, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Chernobyl, the end of Communism, and much more. Once again, Susan Wise Bauer has put together a very exciting and multi-faceted history study that everyone will love! The text is available in either paperback or hardcover. The activity book is a bound paperback. - Jess

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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Audio Cassette; CD-ROM
11 CDs.
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Susan Weiss Bauer
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Peace Hill Press
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My daughter is participating in a homeschool co-op and she enjoys listening to audiobooks and thought this would be a good fit for her to learn the material required.
Katie M on Aug 5, 2022
My kids love listening to these CDs over and over!
Iris B on Jun 25, 2022
My daughter is participating in a homeschool co-op and she enjoys listening to audiobooks and thought this would be a good fit for her to learn the material required.
Katie M on Aug 5, 2022
We've used this curriculum since Vol 1.
Ron H on Aug 2, 2022
My kids love listening to these CDs over and over!
Iris B on Jun 25, 2022
We love the books and wanted to listen to them in the car.
Genevie D on Jun 14, 2022
excited to listen to history on audio and do the activities with the kids this summer
Shannon M on Apr 19, 2022
i want the full set, my kids totally love these, ages 4,6 and 7
ANNA T on Feb 15, 2022
Our daughter has trouble with reading comprehension so I thought that she could listen along while reading. Hopefully this approach will help her when she is answering comprehension questions.
Michaele G on Feb 4, 2022
makes it easy to school while on the road
heather c on Sep 17, 2021
We’ve been homeschooling for 10 years and have enjoyed using all of Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World volumes with our kiddos, ages 6 years through 14 years. Highly recommend them for ease of use and complete, chronological, world history.
Jen V on Sep 1, 2021
Absolutely love the story of the world audiobook-great for car rides!
Tina S on Aug 26, 2021
My children love story of the world. We own the audiobook for the other three levels and will be learning from volume 4 this school year. I often read the book aloud to them, but sometimes my voice needs a break or we listen in the car on our way somewhere. Just as often my boys steal the cds to re-listen to chapters we have already worked on.
Melinda E on Aug 19, 2021
A history that keeps our family's attention. It was priced better than at Amazon.
Janice B on Aug 10, 2021
supplemental history for homeschooling kids-- we listen in the van and they loved the first one.
Anisa T on Aug 6, 2021
We have been using the Story of the World series with My Father's World curriculum. This year is our last time using it with my youngest child.
Jennifer M on Aug 2, 2021
I needed the audio version so I can be free to help with my two year old while we listen.
Kari F on Jul 20, 2021
Completing the series.
Lindsey D on Jun 26, 2021
My kids enjoy listening to each chapter while they color the corresponding coloring page.
Valerie N on Jun 2, 2021
We love this series!! Needed this Volume!
Heather C on Mar 11, 2021
Love to listen to- great teaching tool.
Teresa M on Dec 7, 2020
We use these books year after year, and sometimes it is nice to listen while I drive rather than taking time from our busy day for me to sit down and read them aloud to the kids. These are not available on audible or anywhere else I have found.
Michelle H on Sep 9, 2020
Friend highly recommended!
J B on Aug 19, 2020
We love the SOW history books, so I bought the audio for my reluctant reader who loves to be read to.
Amy B on Aug 10, 2020
For 1st and 2nd Grade hybrid homeschooling program...we love the Audio and learn so much from this.
Sarah G on Aug 10, 2020
SotW is a great curriculum and I've recently started using the audiobooks in place of me reading. Saves my voice and is a nice option if I need to attend to other things while kids listen to history.
Sandy G on Jul 28, 2020
Included in Ambleside Online curriculum. We have also enjoyed Vol. 1.
Angelica J on Jul 2, 2020
We enjoy this on road trips
Mandi M on Jun 11, 2020
Corresponds with Biblioplan - what we use for history.
User on May 24, 2020
My kids love listening to these, over and over again.
April L on Apr 24, 2020
We have been listening to Story of the World and enjoy learning as we drive.
Kristi F on Apr 14, 2020
We use Story of the World for our history curriculum and enjoy listening to the book while we enjoy our lunch every day.
N W on Jan 20, 2020
Bebe K on Aug 27, 2019
Love how complete this curriculum is. It's easy to use with little planning.
Rachel C on Aug 21, 2019
This is an awesome book, so I knew that the audiobook would be great too.<br />Ambleside online curriculum
Amanda Y on May 22, 2019
We have really enjoyed Vol. 1 of this series!
Courtney F on Apr 23, 2019
I want a back up for days when I can't or don't want to read aloud. We can listen in the car, etc.
Kristen D on Mar 1, 2019
So we can take advantage of time in the car to work on our history lessons.
Cynthia M on Aug 21, 2018
My kids enjoy listening rather than reading. One of my kiddos is an auditory learner and he does much better listening to his lessons.<br /><br />I will also include some reading material from Beautiful Feet that goes with this subject.
Gwendy G on Aug 20, 2018
Loved the first three volumes. Narrating is clear and informative. Enjoyed by everyone of the family, even dad who is not a history guru.
Azucena A on Aug 2, 2018
I like the options to give my children a break from me reading, and let them hear it while I tend to the other children!
kristi N on Jun 27, 2018
Part of our next year curriculum - Love the storyteller!
Carol H on Apr 19, 2018
great history curriculum!
Grace M on Mar 20, 2018
Great stories to teach history, and I can enjoy them along with our kids in the car by listening to the audio books! I had the book for volume 1, but I'm sold on the audio version now.
Rebecca R on Nov 17, 2017
Super easy to get through this amazing history book; my kids beg for it to be turned on in the car
Melanie B on Aug 31, 2017
We used the audiobook for volume 3 and it was great! We do a lot of read-clouds, so having this on audiobook is a nice change.
Ruth L on Aug 23, 2017
because i have the books and need this to help us read through quickly
Rebecca Q on Aug 22, 2017
Quality resource for history. Engaging and exciting.
Rachel G on Aug 21, 2017
the history loop we use
Santino S on Aug 18, 2017
We chose this so the children could listen while doing copywork and map tracing. Freeing mom up.
Jessica M on Aug 9, 2017
Our kids love listening to Jim Weiss, and I love being able to use the time in the car to help move our school day along.
Sharilee J on Jul 10, 2017
My children love listening to SOTW at bedtime.
Heather P on Jul 7, 2017
We've used this curriculum since Vol 1.
Ron H on Aug 2, 2022
We love the books and wanted to listen to them in the car.
Genevie D on Jun 14, 2022
I need the Story of the World Volume 4 Complete Package. Is it available?
A shopper on Jun 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: All components of this package are in stock in good numbers. #31207, #31208, #31209, and #36453.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Love having these on CD. Jim Weiss is a great narrator to listen to and we love being able to get history done in the car or during lunch. It’s a must have!
September 10, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great for kids who are not eager readers!
These DVD's worked really well for my daughter, who loves to learn but not so much through reading. Listening and following along in the text works much better for her comprehension, as well as frees my time a little, as I'm not tied to reading the material to her myself. Win, win!
April 25, 2016
over 6 years ago

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