Story of the World Volume 1 Combo Pack

Story of the World Volume 1 Combo Pack


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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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Natalie A on Aug 23, 2022
I have heard great things about this history curriculum for elementary aged children!
Kerri C on Jun 22, 2021
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Natalie A on Aug 23, 2022
I used this curriculum with my oldest 2 and loved it. I decided later to choose something different just because, but after trying several things, I realized there was nothing that I liked. This is my favorite and they learn so much through all the activities and information. We will stick to this!
Mari H on Aug 19, 2021
I have heard great things about this history curriculum for elementary aged children!
Kerri C on Jun 22, 2021
This combo pack had the student pages already printed that I wanted.
Tasha on Feb 24, 2021
highly recommended by other homeschool moms
julieta c on Jan 21, 2021
mara b on Aug 14, 2020
It's Classical.
Denise on Jul 29, 2020
Stephanie G on Jul 15, 2020
Because we are homeschooling and think this will be the best History resource esp. with the Audio book as 7 year old can listen when little ones are being demanding! Apparently it's a very good, comprehensive and engaging resource. Here's hoping!
Bradley D on Nov 20, 2018
I want to start a supplemental history program with my son based on Classical education ideas. He is in first grade and I want to try out this method while he attends school in preparation for possibly moving him to homeschooling next year.
Tricia H on Sep 23, 2018
rosa S on Jun 17, 2018
From reviews read.
Daniel T on Feb 28, 2017
I used this curriculum with my oldest 2 and loved it. I decided later to choose something different just because, but after trying several things, I realized there was nothing that I liked. This is my favorite and they learn so much through all the activities and information. We will stick to this!
Mari H on Aug 19, 2021
This combo pack had the student pages already printed that I wanted.
Tasha on Feb 24, 2021
What is the difference between the activity book and the student pages?
User on Jul 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Activity Book includes Student Pages that can be reproduced for your family. The separate "Student Pages" are a consumable printed copy of those pages. Instructions for the use of the pages is only available in the Activity Book.
how many lessons are in this book?
A shopper on May 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There are 42 chapters in the book - each with a corresponding set of material in the activity manual.
What 4 items are included in this set? I see the softcover reader and the student pages. What are the other 2 items?
A shopper on May 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That package includes these items:

010992 Story of the World Vol. 1: Ancient Times s/c
010993 Story of the World Vol. 1 Activity Book
024314 Story of the World Vol. 1 Student Pages
029952 Story of the World Vol. 1 Tests & Answer Key
Does this set come with a hard or soft cover textbook?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The softcover textbook (#010992) is included in this combo pack.
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