Story of the World Volume 4 Basic Package

Story of the World Volume 4 Basic Package


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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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We use Bauer's history curriculum at the Christian classical school where I teach.
Patrick K on Aug 20, 2022
This is the final book in the worldhistory series.
Rebecca B on May 28, 2022
We use Bauer's history curriculum at the Christian classical school where I teach.
Patrick K on Aug 20, 2022
Heard from many others mom's on how much they and their children are enjoying this curriculum
Betty R on Aug 8, 2022
This is the final book in the worldhistory series.
Rebecca B on May 28, 2022
recommended by friend
jilliandejohn j on Mar 31, 2022
My child goes to a school that does not use a text book and he needs to have supplemental material.
Karen S on Nov 15, 2021
Already have Volume 3 and love them! Such a huge array of activities, books, and resources to add to what you are reading.
ERICA P on Sep 14, 2021
My daughter enjoys history strongly, and she loves this particular series.
MARNIE K on Aug 27, 2021
New textbooks needed for school at a fair price.
Kenneth B on Jul 26, 2021
kids love it, at least volume 1 and 2
Genny P on Sep 1, 2020
We have all enjoyed this history series. It is in depth without being difficult to understand for elementary aged kids, and they love learning history.
Roberta H on Aug 1, 2020
excellent series
emily r on May 13, 2020
We've enjoyed the previous three volumes so far. My children enjoy learning about history across the world and I can use it with all three of my elementary aged kids from 1st to 5th grades.
Sarah M on Jan 30, 2020
We've enjoyed this series and especially appreciate the suggested supplemental book lists included.
Karen H on Jun 16, 2019
My son enjoys Story of the World and this is the last set in the series.
User on Jun 29, 2018
I chose this Story of the World curriculum based on the suggestions of fellow homeschoolers, the great price and the flexibility of use with multiple grades.
Amy C on Feb 1, 2018
Recommendation of a friend.
E R on Jan 7, 2018
Continuing our journey with Story of the World!
Julie W on Jan 4, 2018
I used to teach my elementary school children Story of the World as well as a social studies curriculum, the latter of which they grew to dread because it was so dry. After a couple of years, I decided that SOTW is simultaneously so comprehensive and engaging that I could rely on it solely. Plus, my kids enjoy it so they absorb the material pretty easily without feeling bored or frustrated .
Lh Z on Aug 11, 2017
My daughter really enjoyed volume one for home school. We are acquiring the entire series to continue with her and start with my son now as well.
Tanya P on May 8, 2017
We are continuing with the series for our history studies.
Amy R on Mar 2, 2017
for homeschool
Cheon Joo L on Jan 15, 2017
I have all of the other Story of the World books and love the way that history is spun as an action adventure. Keeps the kids interested as well.
Mijanou S. on Nov 18, 2016
My family has done the previous three volumes of this series and have enjoyed the "story-telling" style. The activity book and test booklet are the perfect complement to the text and make for a well-rounded history lesson each day.
Heidi C on Aug 13, 2016
Heard from many others mom's on how much they and their children are enjoying this curriculum
Betty R on Aug 8, 2022
recommended by friend
jilliandejohn j on Mar 31, 2022
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 4 Basic Package
Story of the World Volume 4 Basic Package
Story of the World Volume 1 Basic Package
Story of the World Volume 1 Basic Package
Story of the World Volume 3 Basic Package
Story of the World Volume 3 Basic Package
Story of the World Volume 2 Basic Package
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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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Rated 5 out of 5
A lot of information on a few pages of reading, questions are great way to make sure reading is understood. Activities are fun and don't take very long.
September 7, 2022
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This is an excellent series! We are just starting this one and we have loved the three that came before!
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We love this curriculum!
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