Story of the World Volume 2 Complete Package

Story of the World Volume 2 Complete Package


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Grades: 1-5

Volume 2 picks up where Volume 1 left off, and tells the fascinating story of the "Dark Ages," from the fall of Rome through the Renaissance. Like the preceding book, this story of history doesn't limit itself to a dry, white-bread-without-the-crusts retelling of a primarily European history, instead it is a rich, whole-wheat blend of European, Indian, Chinese, Australian, Arabic, Japanese, Jewish, Mongolian, Turkish, African, Russian, Australian and American history during the period. Fascinating topics abound here, including knights, samurai, Vikings, the rise of Islam, the Crusades, Genghis Khan and the Mongols, the Plague, the Mayans, the Incas, Marin Luther, the Reformation, the discovery of the Americas, and much more. A timeline and an index are included at the back. Revised in 2007, this 2nd edition text is available in hc or pb, and activity book is 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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Teacher recommended.
Andrew C on May 5, 2023
We finished the ancient curriculum and loved it. Used each of the four pieces of this package, so we got them all for the second year.
Marie K on Jan 23, 2023
Teacher recommended.
Andrew C on May 5, 2023
This is a continuation of the program we are using and we love it.
Amanda C on Feb 1, 2023
We finished the ancient curriculum and loved it. Used each of the four pieces of this package, so we got them all for the second year.
Marie K on Jan 23, 2023
i like this history and it comes with the cds so i can do other things while they work on History.
Sarah R on Nov 2, 2022
Used SOTW 1 and loved it!
Chelsea H on Jul 25, 2022
I want to try it out. Heard good things.
Shari H on Jun 29, 2022
We absolutely love Volume 1 and will continue with Story of the World throughout elementary and even middle school.
Carli M on Feb 12, 2022
I was recommended this product by The Well Trained Mind. I'm excited to try it out!
Marissa T on Jul 20, 2021
We used Story of the World Volume 1 in our homeschool last year. My children liked listening to the audiobook and enjoyed when I read supplemental books listed in the activity guide. This resource is more reasonably priced through Rainbow Resource than with competitors.
Laura I on Jul 19, 2021
We decided to go with this package for world history. There is so much information for students to learn and this curriculum seems to break it down into better size chucks for them to really understand and learn the information. What pulled us in was how this text is written, we're hoping it helps get our son more engaged with this topic.
April P on Jul 4, 2021
Solid, entertaining history curriculum for elementary/middle grade kids.
Jennifer L on Jun 18, 2021
Erica H on May 30, 2021
We've used another volume of this series and it couldn't have been easier for our first year homeschooling. Complete curriculum and very entertaining. Great activities. My son loves listening to the CD's as he colors the pictures. I highly recommend them.
Christine A on May 27, 2021
We loved volume 1! We decided to keep going with volume 2 for next school year.
Dania S on May 6, 2021
We enjoyed Volume 1. It worked well for a range of ages (9-13), with some modifications for my older child. Looking forward to this for next year!
Linnae H on May 5, 2021
Have the first volume and like it very much
Tamera M on Nov 13, 2020
Another parent recommended it to us.
Ai L on Aug 31, 2020
We did Story of the World 2 years ago and my son loved it. He still recalls things he learned in history that year! The story format made it so much more lively and memorable.
Tawnya B on Aug 11, 2020
my child loves this program and retains the information well from this course
Georgia w on Aug 4, 2020
Great versatility in reading/audio, lots of projects, just tests - able to customize to each child's needs pretty easily.
Ellen M on Jul 29, 2020
we love these
Bev H on Apr 25, 2020
We used volume one for first grade and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is engaging and has plenty of great activities and is easy to build on with extra readers or geography lessons.
Rebecca L on Apr 20, 2020
Loved the first volume.
Kara J on Mar 27, 2020
Used Story of the World Volume 1 as an add-on to History Odyssey Ancients. Now using History Odyssey Middle Ages and need this set as an add-on.
Gena O on Oct 10, 2019
Its what his school was using
Kelly P on Sep 9, 2019
my kids love to listen and do the activities in this book and CD
Nancy C on Aug 10, 2019
What child chose.
Martha D on Jul 30, 2019
classical conversations
Kirsten M on Jul 11, 2019
The kids enjoyed learning from the first volume.
Lisa C on Jul 7, 2019
Loving the series so far! Kiddo is very interested in history because of story like writing.
Erin M on Jun 21, 2019
We love these books and the activities when we find time to do them are awesome!
Lindsey N on Jun 11, 2019
We are ordering Vol 2 because we have so enjoyed Vols 1 and 4!
Elizabeth D on Jun 4, 2019
It goes along with this year's history cycle we are doing in My Father's World (Rome to the Reformation).
Andrea N on Apr 9, 2019
DANIEL T on Sep 10, 2018
class book
Jady W on Aug 24, 2018
My son with learning comprehension does very with with this book set.
kimberly s on Aug 3, 2018
My daughter really enjoys listening to the book on CD and the list of resources and activities is invaluable to a new homeschool mom!
Jessica S on Jun 3, 2018
It's a continuation from Volume 1
Lindsey V on Jan 1, 2018
My son really enjoys reading along while listening to the audio on level 1. He enjoys the additional activities and we double them as art. Book one has been great and he is already asking about the next book!
Amy S on Nov 18, 2017
Story of the World Vol. 1 is incredibly interesting and very entertaining! We have listened to the entire series at least half a dozen times. My young daughter is excited to jump into Vol 2. This is a wonderful way to learn about world history.
Mable L on Feb 10, 2017
A Few friends and homeschool moms said they love it so i want to give it a try.
Jackie M on Jan 3, 2017
We loved the first volume and are ready to continue to the next!
Danelle T on Dec 19, 2016
We have six kids ages ranging from 9 years down to 7 months, I don't have enough hours in a day to teach four different grades of History, I love how SOTW allows me to teach to all the kids at their level at the same time, last year was our first year using it with Volume 1, and I have never had such a wonderful time with History before. We love listening to the CDs and even my husband and I are learning things we never knew. Looking forward to Vol. 2.
Katie H on Aug 17, 2016
It goes along with my other classical curriculum
Sarah W on Jul 11, 2016
This is a continuation of the program we are using and we love it.
Amanda C on Feb 1, 2023
i like this history and it comes with the cds so i can do other things while they work on History.
Sarah R on Nov 2, 2022
Has anyone started with Middle Ages and skipped volume one? (For junior high)
A shopper on Jul 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Although no one seems to have had experience starting with the Middle Ages material, you would be able to do that without difficulty. Each volume stands alone and while there might be some allusions to previous events, they will not prohibit you from profiting from this course.
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Good material
I really like the information that is packed in the book. The audio CDs are very monotone but better than having to read it myself. I think the activity book is well put together
September 16, 2016
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