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
Number of Pages: 338
Publisher: Well-Trained Mind Press
Edition/Copyright: 2007, 5th printing
Made In: USA
Awards and Endorsements:
The Old Schoolhouse 2013 Excellence in Education Winner
We purchased this program with the audio book and I would frequently be upstairs still getting ready for the day and hear the audio book playing once again while the kids were eating breakfast. My kids could not get enough of this book. The reader for the audio book is fantastic. He is very engaging. I love history and liked how this program angled the stories towards kids - each chapter would start with many of the facts and also include a specific story from the time such as, a story children would have been told at that time, or even excerpts from Greek mythology, etc. The activity book has LOTS of ideas - it was a little overwhelming. I typically went with the low prep suggestion and would make copies of the coloring pages and maps for all my kids (because one did not want to be left out). With better prep, the ideas could easily extend into another subject and cover your art, STEM, or Science activity for the week. I look forward to continuing with this program!
Found the writing to be a bit advanced for first grader but my student is still struggling with vocabulary.
Great format either way. Will purchase vol 2 when we finish.
Was a little worried based on reviews but my kiddo loves this book. Some days we read together, others they listen to the audio book and provide me a brief summary of what they read. We love the activities and always choose something fun for the week.
These stories always lead to discussion and diving deeper.
I have always loved story of the world, and can’t wait to start with my son in a few months! It’s such an engaging way to teach world history.