Story of the World Volume 1-4 Audiobook CD Set

Story of the World Volume 1-4 Audiobook CD Set


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Grades: 1-5

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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My l.o. loves audio books and listening to stories so hoping this will be just as intriguing.
Britney S on Nov 17, 2022
audios are very helpful when teaching students with dyslexia.
Vanessa N on Aug 20, 2022
My l.o. loves audio books and listening to stories so hoping this will be just as intriguing.
Britney S on Nov 17, 2022
Great for car rides and compliments our other program perfectly.
Amy M on Sep 7, 2022
audios are very helpful when teaching students with dyslexia.
Vanessa N on Aug 20, 2022
for homeschool
Kimberly C on Jun 30, 2022
History curriculum for elementary homeschooling students.
Rebekah M on Jun 25, 2022
I have heard great things about this program and we love audiobooks.
Elizabeth P on Jun 7, 2022
Great Classical education companion learning tool
Natalie Z on May 30, 2022
Audio Book is a great thing to use while driving!
Bonnie M on May 19, 2022
We've been listening to this series every year for the last 5 years. We always got them from the library. They are amazing! Very well written, and Jim Weiss' narrations is unparalleled.
Yelena V on May 13, 2022
We love using Story of the World because it is so easily adaptable across grade levels. With the CDs, we can now "road school" when necessary. Add in audiobooks from the SOTW reading list and you can really make the most of trips to dance, co-op, and other activities.
Natalie B on Apr 28, 2022
my boys loved them as little ones and listened to them over and over when they went to sleep. My son is a sophomore in AP Euro and would like to listen them again to help him with his history. My son's learning modality that he excels in is auditory learning.
Chrissy K on Sep 10, 2021
We have the books but this will be great a great resource for reading along & mommy multi-tasking. Good bundle price and most up-to-date editions.
SARAH S. on Sep 7, 2021
I have heard wonderful reviews on The Story of the World. So many state that they love the stories and how they are told. They also all say that their children especially love the stories and frequently request to hear them.
Deborah H on Jul 21, 2021
My daughter is dyslexic and I am so grateful to have found this set on audio cd!
Holly S on Jul 19, 2021
A friend highly recommended this. I plan to use it during my children's afternoon "quiet hour."
Laura W on Jul 5, 2021
I've been looking for a non-traditional way to teach history. My sister - a fellow teacher and homeschool mom - recommended this to me.
Joy B on May 14, 2021
It came in a bundle and was cheapest off Amazon I could find. I refuse to buy from Amazon
Allison B on May 12, 2021
allows my child to get through the books in at a greater pace
Kathleen C on Feb 19, 2021
To go with already have curriculum
Amanda P on Jan 26, 2021
Susan Wise Bauer is a great author and educator. This series will give my kids a basic history of the world, in a way that will excite their imagination, while they ride in the car.
Kevin K on Dec 6, 2020
Highly recommended by a friend. Enhances history lessons
Cara E on Aug 16, 2020
I have used them before and they are awesome for supplementing history curriculum.
Chris S on Aug 10, 2020
Sandra G on Jul 24, 2020
My sister recommended. My 3 sons will love it.
Susan E on Jun 23, 2020
Best price online. Amazing stories. Great Narrator. We have a few of the CDs, but have wanted to get the whole set for quite some time. The kids love these stories and can listen to them for hours.
Dan S on Apr 7, 2020
My older kids devoured and wore out the first set of these audiobooks. Now my younger kids will benefit from this history brought to life!
Christopher M on Mar 31, 2020
I've had my eye on these for years, and Rainbow Resource provided the least expensive means to finally obtain them than all the other sites I checked out. With the added free shipping, it was hands down the best choice for our family!
Angela H on Aug 28, 2019
Best price online for combined set. Audiobooks are a really helpful way to work through this material for homeschooling and enrichment! Great to read along with texts or listen while completing coloring/activity pages.
Laura H on Aug 14, 2019
My daughter has learning and cognitive disabilities, so hearing while reading along gives her more of the multi-sensory experience she needs.
Kim F on Jul 20, 2019
We are going through these through the summer months. Love to have the CDs in the car for trips!
Domini T on Jun 28, 2019
I have already read through each book with the kids! Going through our 2nd round of Story of the World will be much easier with the audio CDs.
Mandy R on Apr 5, 2019
Awesome history, but beware of anti-Catholic bias at least in Volume 1.
Emilia H on Aug 4, 2018
Jim Weiss is a great narrator and Story of the World compliments Classical Conversations well.
Hannah G on Jul 12, 2018
We love Jim Weiss and hope to make learning history enjoyable even whilst driving around!
Caroline P on Jan 23, 2018
My wife is interested in using these in order to learn world history better out of both personal interest and for the sake of being able to teach history to our children once we begin homeschooling.
Josh H on Nov 18, 2017
Goes with the books I ordered
Enid M on Oct 11, 2017
We do Classical Conversations and this is the perfect fit for us. We listen to the stories at lunch and we've learned a lot!
Stephanie B on Jan 12, 2017
Because my son has dyslexia and needs to be able to listen to much of his schooling (history in this case) instead of trying to read it himself. I also have 6 other children, so my time is limited and I do not currently have time to read outloud to him.
Elaine S on Nov 7, 2016
We love this series and enjoy listening to Jim Weiss (speaker) explain history to us. We can listen while coloring, prepping lunch, or in the car. We can also re-listen to parts of the history that we went over too fast. This is particularly good for my struggling reader, although I enjoy listening too!
Anastasha A on Oct 24, 2016
My kids love Story of the World and I've heard such great things about the audio version. This will allow me to rest my voice for other read alouds.
Carrie P on Sep 25, 2016
checked out from library several times, and like it enough to own it, especially to last for three children.
User on Aug 24, 2016
Great for car rides and compliments our other program perfectly.
Amy M on Sep 7, 2022
for homeschool
Kimberly C on Jun 30, 2022
does this set have the revised, most up-to-date editions?
SARAH S. on Sep 7, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Hello Sarah, you will received the most recent editions. I sent this older photo to marketing for an update.
Does this kit include four hard copy books and the CDs of the books?
A shopper on Jul 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No, it includes the cds sets only. The books are sold separately.
Why does this set say grades 1-5 but some of the individual audio books say grades 3-8?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The different volumes of Story of the World have different target grade levels. Vol 1 is grades 1-5; Vol 2 is grades 2-6; Vol 3 is grades 3-7; and Vol 4 is grades 4-8. The idea is that you could start Vol 1 with a 1st grader or 4th grader and proceed through the series at the rate of one volume per year. You will find a lot of variance among the grade levels marked for the individual books and for the sets. I'm sorry for the confusion.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Good for those who like audio books
My student seems to particularly enjoy audio books, so these seem a good fit. He has been happy to turn on and listen to story-like chapters.
September 18, 2022
3 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Worth every penny!
We listen to this daily on your 30 minute drive to and from swim practice. My kids love it! I have 13, 11, 9, 7, 5, and 2 year old. All of them are kept interested except the 2 year old. So the range is good! Simple enough to understand and compelling, without being burdensome or boring. We like that it combines facts and cultural myths. The kids even talk about it throughout the day, and it has sparked great discussions. Money well spent. Now they are watching history documentaries on Disney plus because these audiobooks sparked interest.
July 4, 2022
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Incredible Homeschool Resource!!!
My daughter is 12, has dyslexia and high functioning autism, and my son is 6. I was specifically looking for an audio Christian history curriculum and this has been perfect! I use Feed My Sheep dvds (also highly recommend) for art lessons and while my kids work on their art projects they listen to these history cds. We also listen to them in the car. I also got the activity books and test booklets. I mostly ask the questions in both for oral answers and pick and choose which projects are doable for our schedule. I highly recommend these due to the story element, biblical worldview, and comprehensive overview.
September 15, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
These books are so fun to read! I have younger boys and they all enjoy reading these, and I do as well. I would highly recommend these.
August 30, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Storytelling
Storytelling that captivates curious minds.
January 16, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Connects Kids with the STORY of human history
I love the way Bauer tells history as story. It is all told as one long interconnected story, and within it Bauer invents short creative stories that help illustrate the feel of different times and places. My kids love it. They ask to listen to it whenever we are in the car. I use it as a reward. They "get to" listen to history if they finish other tasks.

Also, by listening to the entire series over and over again, this series becomes the backbone that my kids really know, to which they can attach more detailed knowledge as they mature in their education.
January 5, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
Great series!
May 31, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great audio history!
June 24, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We have loved listening to the Story of the World! It is great. Highly recommend
April 25, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
my 5 children love this!
My 13 year old daughter asks to listen to another episode. It helps us redeem time spent in the van. RR has the best price I've seen. I strongly recommend.
July 7, 2017
over 5 years ago

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