The Story of the World Volume 1 Activity Book
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This comprehensive activity book contains:
A Remarkable Activity Book!
You and your kids will love the activities, which range from coloring pages and games to mummifying a chicken! This incredible resource also includes extensive reading lists and cross-references to the most common illustrated encyclopedias! Reproducible. Requires The Story of the World: Volume I book.
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
Publisher: Well-Trained Mind Press
Made in: USA
Reproducible: 123 reproducible student pages
Awards and Endorsements:
The Old Schoolhouse 2013 Excellence in Education Winner
As I mentioned on my review for "Story of the world book" I find it too be too much for my 6 year old. But I do love the activity book as it allows me to get great ideas for lessons. My child loves coloring so the coloring pages and maps are a win.
I wanted to love SOTW so much, but it was a flop for us.
Pros: We loved the crafts and activities that were in the activity books. Lessons and stories were usually short enough to keep my 7 and 5 year old engaged for the most part. The maps were easy to complete. I liked the questions at the end of the lessons to practice comprehension. We were able to check out most of the additional literature suggestions fro our library.
Cons: The lessons were pretty dry, and I found my children staring off in the distance not paying attention at all. The coloring pages left a lot to be desired. They didn't feel like coloring pages, instead, like black and white sketches that you *could* color. The maps were too simple, although my 7 year old didn't complain. I loved how it would have you draw lines to route the story that we just read, however, it could have elaborated so much!
Ultimately, we decided to try something different for history next year since this wasn't a good fit for our family.
We used a lot of these activities early on. Now we just mainly use it for review questions and map work. That said, I still feel like they are an integral part of our homeschool day!
I love the options this book gives, it allows to do as much or as little as we want on each chapter/topic which means we can kind of zoom through the ones my kids aren't as interested in and really drag out and learn more about the ones they are.
I have mixed feelings about this activity book. I really liked the overview of the chapters and the review questions that really showed what my children learned from the readings and helped me better explain the things they didn't. The extra activities seemed great but also seemed very time consuming and most of the time we did not even complete them. The actual activity sheets were kind of a miss for us. The mapwork didn't quite click for my kids and the coloring sheets they usually did not even want to do. I am debating if it is worth it to get this book to go along with the next volume of this history curriculum.