Story of the World Volume 3 Basic Package

Story of the World Volume 3 Basic Package

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In 42 chapters, the third volume of Story of the World takes another good-sized bite out of world history. Topics covered in Volume 3 include Japanese warlords, colonies in the "New World", the spread of slavery, the "Sun King" of France, English control in India, imperialist China, The Revolutionary War, Captain Cook's explorations, Age of Industrialism in Europe, Napoleon, French Revolution, Lewis & Clark, Mexican independence, Africa and colonialism, the Opium Wars, the Gold Rush, and much, much more. The activity book is only available in paperback, and student activity pages are reproducible for families only - not co-ops or schools. - 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




Primary Subject
History/Geography
Grade Start
1
Grade End
5
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Peace Hill Press
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continue using for history curriculum. kids love it!
Genny P on Sep 1, 2020
We have been using SOTW since Volume 1 and my kids love it! Great short stories and activities that go along with it. This will be the first time using the tests - so I we'll see how that goes!
Molly B on Jul 1, 2019
continue using for history curriculum. kids love it!
Genny P on Sep 1, 2020
I like the four year history cycle and I liked the activity guide from year one. This is a good price.
User on May 13, 2020
We have been using SOTW since Volume 1 and my kids love it! Great short stories and activities that go along with it. This will be the first time using the tests - so I we'll see how that goes!
Molly B on Jul 1, 2019
Love this series! It is easy to use!
Julia D on Oct 25, 2018
Continuing on from Volume 2.
Michelle J on Jul 4, 2018
My kids age 11 and 9 love the stories. The maps are helpful as are the booklists. We usually choose one activity per chapter.
Sharon on Jun 7, 2018
We have loved this series. We are looking forward to this year of history.
Nycol P on Apr 28, 2018
Recommendation of a friend.
E R on Jan 7, 2018
"Story of the World" has helped us learn so much about history. After 20+ years of homeschooling, this is the best!
Daniel H on Dec 21, 2017
I have used SOTW 1 and 2 and my family enjoys the reading and activities that go along with the book. I also enjoy that it can be used for several ages/grades.
DeAnna D on Feb 5, 2017
for homeschool
Cheon Joo L on Jan 15, 2017
This is basic history, not associated with common core
Mike B on Nov 21, 2016
We have been using this history curriculum for a few years and love the way they tell the stories of history.
Lisa S on Oct 10, 2016
Excellent curricula. Good for multi-grade level homeschooling.
Carolyn B on Sep 23, 2016
Easy reading for young readers. Great information
Angelica H on Aug 11, 2016
Great reviews and best price!
HOPE E on Aug 6, 2016
A friend recommended this.For the price, we are going to give it a try.
Tabetha B on Jul 28, 2016
I like the four year history cycle and I liked the activity guide from year one. This is a good price.
User on May 13, 2020
Love this series! It is easy to use!
Julia D on Oct 25, 2018
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 3 Basic Package
Story of the World Volume 3 Basic Package
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 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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Love story of the world!
My whole family loves story of the world and we are continuing on with volume 3! The book is very well written and we learn a lot. The activity book is really good and adds a lot to the lesson and the kids love it. There are suggested books to read, review questions, coloring pages, games, and many fun activities to choose from. You could really go crazy and learn a ton and have a lot of fun doing this!
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