The Story of the World Volume 1
Ancient Times - Revised Edition
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From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor
The Story of the World Volume 1 covers Ancient Times. This is the first of a four-volume series and covers the major historical events beginning with the earliest nomads and ending with the last Roman emperor (5000 BC to 400 AD). What terrible secret was buried in Shi Huangdi's tomb? Did nomads like lizard stew? What happened to Anansi the Spider in the Village of the Plantains? And how did a six-year old become the last emperor of Rome? A read-aloud history for the whole family!
About the Story of the World Series
Easy-to-Implement, Captivating Chronological History
This captivating read-aloud series will introduce your children to the marvelous history of the world presented chronologically from the beginning of time. Each volume of The Story of the World includes the details of battles, kingdoms, cultures, and customs from every continent and major people group woven together into a story that children will find mesmerizing. With short chapters, many less than seven pages, The Story of the World presents history in small, easily-digestible chunks. Of particular appeal to children will be the occasional story about a hypothetical child in the culture of that time and fictional stories that were popular during that time.
The Best History Books Available for 1st-6th Grade!
The Story of the World is intended to be a read-aloud program for first through sixth grade, but it can work equally well as independent reading by an older child. Don't restrict your scope of history to just American history. These are what we consider the best world history books for this age group. If you have ever found history to be dull and humdrum, these books might just change that opinion!
Combine with the Hands-On Student Activity Book for a Full Curriculum
The Curriculum/Activity Guide offers parents and teachers a complete history curriculum for use with The Story of the World. In addition to extensive reading lists and cross-references to the most common illustrated encyclopedias, the Activity Book contains comprehension questions, sample narrations, maps, coloring pages, and activities for each chapter in The Story of the World. Children and parent-teachers love the activities, which range from coloring pages and games to mummifying a chicken!
Attempts to Include All Significant Historical and Cultural Accounts
Note: Please do not consider this series a Providential view of history which recognizes God's hand in history. It is first and foremost a history text that attempts to include all significant historical and cultural accounts. If you are a conservative Christian, you may want to opt out of a couple of activities. And where you find details with Biblical references that are inaccurate because of sparseness, use this opportunity to interject more of His story. Bible history is best taught with a Bible so we encourage your family to read through the Bible every year. These are very minor issues that are easily addressed and shouldn't keep you from this overall excellent program.
Author: Susan Wise Bauer
Copyright: 2007, 5th printing
Publisher: Well-Trained Mind Press
Made in: USA
Awards and Endorsements:
The Old Schoolhouse 2013 Excellence in Education Winner
This is a great history book series. I have used it with all three of my kids. Their grades rang from high school, middle school, and elementary school. It reads like a story book while at the same time keeping true to history. It is always the first subject my kids want to do.
I'm not sold on this series. I'm giving it one more try (my daughter has been using it for two school years now). If we can't get these books to work, we're switching to another option.
I personally found this product very dry/boring. Trying not to force my feelings on to my children I pushed through the lessons by listening to the audio book while we were driving in the car. The kids liked the activity book sheets, I thought they were just 'ok'.
I'm going to list my complaint first. I teach a seven year old and some of these stories are beyond her comprehension. She always asks good questions though if she doesn't understand, just be aware this may be too advanced for first graders. We still love this series though and will continue to use it. The teachings are solid and you cover a good amount of time. I would recommend it.
History is my 1st grader's favorite subject because of this curriculum. She loves listening to the stories and coloring the accompanying coloring page from the activity book. I love the comprehensive nature of the history selections and the layout of the book. Bauer often reviews previous chapters at the beginning of a chapter (e.g. "Do you remember the Assyrians and the Babylonians? . . . Now a new empire was growing."), which is helpful in jogging the memory. I also love the literature and historical readings listed in the activity book. We go to the library every week and I pick up two or three books to read throughout the week to reinforce the history lesson. Without the activity book I don't think the text is a complete history curriculum on its own, but when you combine the text with the activity book there is a great deal of versatility that you can customize based on the amount of time you have, the attention span and interests of your students, and the range of ages you are teaching. The only thing I wish is that there was a clearer written delineation between historical facts and mythic stories that ancient civilizations told. I often have to go back and clarify for my daughter what is history and what is just a story.