Story of the World Volume 1 Basic Package

Story of the World Volume 1 Basic Package


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Grades: 1-5

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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Story of the World is amazing. My kids love learning history this way. It reads like a story, but is factual and unbiased. Highly recommend!
Rita M on Mar 28, 2022
Best deal between 4 different websites.
Alia M on Aug 19, 2021
Story of the World is amazing. My kids love learning history this way. It reads like a story, but is factual and unbiased. Highly recommend!
Rita M on Mar 28, 2022
The best price around for the Vol 1 bundle!
Bethany B on Sep 9, 2021
Best deal between 4 different websites.
Alia M on Aug 19, 2021
After reading the sample, I wanted to keep reading the story. Now I have to buy it!
Caley Z on Mar 18, 2021
Part of a curriculum Im using and I have had my mind set on this history for a while now.
Courtney A on Mar 6, 2021
It was recommended to me.
Sherri W on Feb 18, 2021
Supplement for homeschool curriculum.
Theresa C on Aug 24, 2020
so many recommendations
Sarah D on Aug 5, 2020
Highly recommended for hands on learning with the stories.
Kassandra F on Jul 9, 2020
Genny P on Jun 30, 2020
Heard wonderful things about it!
Preston C on Aug 23, 2019
We liked the suggestion from "The Well Trained Mind" to teach history in chronological order.
jacob t on Jul 21, 2019
DAMARA O on May 29, 2019
We wanted a history curriculum to use with multiple ages, and I LOVE the story form that is used to relay the historical information.
Katrina R on Mar 7, 2019
First year homeschooling. Recommended by many school teachers. After much research it sounds great for my 12 year old son who is in special education and at a 4 grade reading level.. I plan on working with him side by side.
Elena S on Jan 7, 2019
My children enjoy learning about the past thanks to this author.
April O on Oct 10, 2018
We have the cd's and love listening to them. thought we would try the books.
User on Aug 31, 2018
Wonderful full perspective elementary school world history curriculum that works for a wide range of ages. It is so well written and has captured the attention of my kinetic learners and focused students alike.
Ruth A on Aug 22, 2018
required for class
Cheyenne R on Aug 17, 2018
good reviews
Paul V on Jul 31, 2018
Good price and good reviews.
Noelani Jean H on Jun 18, 2018
This was the best deal!
Karen M on Apr 9, 2018
Recommendation of a friend.
E R on Jan 7, 2018
Its highly suggested as a great history curriculum that will work for my son.
Michelle O on Nov 23, 2017
Highly recommended from many homeschoolers.
Jen H on Aug 10, 2017
Recommended by more than one home school parent.
Joy K on Jul 7, 2017
I have heard that it is a great history curriculum
Vickie B on May 19, 2017
low prices
N E on Feb 15, 2017
recommended by duffy's reviews
ko eun b on Nov 25, 2016
Wanted to start history with my first grader and heard good things about this curriculum so I thought I would give it a try.
Heather C on Aug 14, 2016
The best price around for the Vol 1 bundle!
Bethany B on Sep 9, 2021
After reading the sample, I wanted to keep reading the story. Now I have to buy it!
Caley Z on Mar 18, 2021
How many chapters or weeks does SOTW vol 1 cover? Can I cover vol 1 & 2 in a year?
A shopper on Jul 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Both Volumes 1 & 2 have 42 chapters each. Depending on the level of your student and how in-depth you want to go, it would be possible to do both books in a year (my sister-in-law did). Most of the chapters are broken into 2 - 3 sections, each ranging from 2 - 5 pages, and there are hands-on activities that go with each chapter. I started out doing a chapter a week, one section a day and 2 days of activities, but my daughter didn't want me to stop at the end of each section, so we started doing a chapter a day and another day or 2 or activities and made it through faster than I expected. If you did one day of reading and one day of activities for each chapter, or even combined the reading and an activity into a day, you could finish both in a year.
Do you need to complete Volume 1 before doing Volume 2? Or can you do these in any order?
A shopper on Jul 18, 2020
Story of the World Volume 1 Basic Package
Story of the World Volume 1 Basic Package
Story of the World Volume 2 Basic Package
Story of the World Volume 2 Basic Package
Story of the World Volume 3 Basic Package
Story of the World Volume 3 Basic Package
Story of the World Volume 4 Basic Package
Story of the World Volume 4 Basic Package
BEST ANSWER: You can do them in any order. Each volume is a stand alone course. However, the entire series is based on the idea that it is valuable for children to cover/learn history in a chronological manner.
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Excellent history books for elementary school. Kids cannot wait to read.
November 16, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great History Resource
I love this series. It has amazing variety while maintaining an unbiased view of history. I also love how it keeps a chronological timeline so we can see the rise of difference civilizations over the same periods of time, even though some of them never interacted. I like the inclusion of Biblical history as well, so we can see it in conjunction with the other ancient civilizations. Great worksheets and suggestions for activities. The questions provided also encourage great discussion. Volume 1 is not elevated or complicated. I use it to teach history to my 3rd and 6th grade children.
March 26, 2019
over 4 years ago

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