Story of the World Volume 1 Complete Package

Story of the World Volume 1 Complete 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 an amazing approach to teaching history in a way that makes sense and is age appropriate.
Brittany M on Jun 6, 2023
Christine G on Jan 7, 2023
Story of the world is an amazing approach to teaching history in a way that makes sense and is age appropriate.
Brittany M on Jun 6, 2023
Teacher recommended.
Andrew C on May 5, 2023
Christine G on Jan 7, 2023
highly recommended
Kinza S on Aug 30, 2022
I want my kids to learn and listen more about history. My friend recommends this series to me!
Hua Y on Aug 26, 2022
This is our first "real" history curriculum. I read and watched reviews and I am hoping that this is a good choice for us. I got the set specifically because it includes an audiobook. I want to be able to listen along with my kiddo.
Samantha S on Aug 5, 2022
I like this classical approach to history.
Sarah H on Jun 19, 2022
I have never used this curriculum before but have heard wonderful things about it. It follows the memory work in Claritias Publications (Cycle 1) that I will be using. I really like that this set includes the CD because my family loves audiobooks.
Nicole K on Mar 19, 2022
heard good things and want to try for my son next semister
Ashley K on Jan 30, 2022
I have used it for years and lost my copy in a house fire. Children love it & so do I!
Helena S on Sep 22, 2021
Heard many great reviews. I think having an audio option would benefit my child.
Kimberly M on Sep 8, 2021
WE love the CDs and I want to up the game for my homeschool students
Stef G on Aug 25, 2021
I want to be able to listen to the story and read it to my children. I also want my children to have activities that reinforce what they learned.
Laura S on Aug 9, 2021
Catalogs are for resource. Curriculum is for assisting my daughter in her homeschooling her children. I will be Activities Director and need to know my stuff!
Joyce K on Aug 1, 2021
It was recommended by friends
Brooke C on Jul 24, 2021
Our family LOVES the Story of the World Series for learning History! The Activity Book is full of recipes, games, crafts, and projects to do that go along with the lesson. Story of the World has become our favorite part of our homeschooling day!
Emily M on May 22, 2021
Erica V on May 8, 2021
It was suggested by several veteran homeschool moms. I have a 1st and 3rd grader who I thought the audio version would be handy for them to learn history in an interactive and more hands on way.
Kristen I on Oct 21, 2020
It was recommended!
Brenda I on Sep 16, 2020
Tina M on Sep 16, 2020
Recommended by a friend.
Michelle C on Sep 12, 2020
Love the fun sounding activities and that this can work with my multiple age kids.
ryan c on Sep 9, 2020
Best price on these items packaged together.
Julie R on Sep 3, 2020
Another parent recommended it to us.
Ai L on Aug 31, 2020
recommended from a friend!
Jennifer B on Aug 27, 2020
I am so excited for my 7 and 9 year old to learn history by use of story. This series has come highly recommended.
Elisa R on Aug 26, 2020
It has been a recommended history curriculum that we try for our homeschool journey.
Andrea G on Aug 21, 2020
Highly recommended for my auditory learner! Total package is WAY cheaper than competition--super easy, which I love!
Nicole L on Aug 12, 2020
Good reviews
Kimberly L on Aug 5, 2020
recommended by a friend
Krystal P on Aug 4, 2020
Favorite history program, used it for over 15 years with my kids and now am buying it fro a friend. BEST ever, people always commented on how smart my kids were since they knew so much about history.
Deanna W on Jul 28, 2020
Using this for history curriculum for my 4 children ages 5-12. It is so nice to be able to use something for all of them together instead of 4 different history lessons.
Sharice B on Jul 28, 2020
Bought to teach World History and appreciate the audio available for a dyslexic learner....
Dawn H on Jun 20, 2020
I like that this starts with the beginning of world history, it will be part of our homeschool curriculum. The audio will be something they can listen to on their own time to review what we read. This kit has everything I need for now.
Audrey U on Jun 13, 2020
Required for classical school, grade 1.
Abby H on Jun 9, 2020
We have loved checking the audio out from the library, it engages everyone from ages 4 to 35. Looking forward to doing it for our classroom next year.
Jami A H on Apr 17, 2020
Suggestion from others
Alicia C on Apr 15, 2020
I checked it out from my local library and we love what we've listened to and read so far. My kids like listening to it in the car. (We checked out the audio CDs and the book.)
Maren on Feb 2, 2020
we have used in the past and really like it
valerie g on Sep 12, 2019
It has everything I need.
Tiffany C on Sep 7, 2019
Our local home educators are doing this together, co-op style. I purchased the complete package because I thought the audio CDs would be great if I didn't have time to read the material out loud to my children and wanted the activity book, so it was less expensive to purchase the package, rather than each item separately.
Theresa M on Sep 3, 2019
We chose this complete package because we we looking for a nonsectarian World History and Geography curriculum.
Jenny K on Jul 16, 2019
Planning on using for our 2nd grade history.
Samantha S on Apr 6, 2019
I chose this set because it's a complete package.
Rachel A on Mar 8, 2019
I will be using this for homeschooling my 1st grader in history.
Laura N on Feb 6, 2019
I've heard great reviews from other homeschooling mothers. I also like that this has everything I need on the subject; I don't have to piece together material.
Jessica M on Nov 7, 2018
Story of the World was recommended by a friend. I am excited about the audio book. I love Jim Weis and think my younger kids will enjoy listening to history while I take on biology with my highschoolers.
dana m on Sep 10, 2018
We needed a world history curriculum for beginning 6th grade; this curriculum is compatible with our family and I learned it incorporates social studies and geography as well. I chose the set because it includes the audio of the book, which will give me a much-needed break from reading aloud. Along with Joy Hakim's "A History of US" we are all set!
Anne L on Aug 27, 2018
I am hoping to consolidate history into one class with my children.
Courtney D on Aug 16, 2018
Highly recommended as a supplement to Classical Conversations following a biblical view of Creation and history. I plan to use this to build a foundation of a biblical timeline of history for my younger elementary age children. I've heard great reviews from friends and Amazon purchasers.
Michelle C on Jul 6, 2018
Teacher recommended.
Andrew C on May 5, 2023
highly recommended
Kinza S on Aug 30, 2022
how long does each volume take? Would i need just volume one our first year or would we use all four volumes in 1 year?
A shopper on Apr 6, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Each volume, when paired with the matching activity book, provides an entire school year of history study.
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Rated 5 out of 5
I love it! My Children love it also. It’s so neat to learn about different events back in time. Will definitely be continuing on with more stories once we finish this Volume.
September 4, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love Susan Wise Bauer's series of books. My youngest has a love for history.
This isn't my first time using this series. I found the CD's very useful to train my kids to focus, by following along. As a family we enjoyed listening to the stories read by Jim Wisse, he's exceptional. Now that I have my 9 year old nephew and we're schooling from home, I had to share this with him too. This was a great price for the bundle. Shipping was slow but I'm guessing it was because of the COVID-19 shutdown.
September 7, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
August 30, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love it!!
My 2nd and 5th graders love doing History together. It’s simplified that subject for us.
March 31, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My child loves these, and asked if we could do the next book over the summer!
June 23, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Story of the world Vol 1
So far I am loving how this is laid out. I love the story includes the child to involve them into the story they are reading about.
October 5, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My kids enjoy this.
This is our first year adding history to our curriculum, and this one was perfect for us.My kids listen to the CD while they work on their worksheets. And they love the activities too. Definitely worth adding to your curriculum.
September 23, 2017
over 5 years ago

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