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post #1 of 41
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Anyone using The Story of the World? What do you like/not like? I am thinking this will work for both reading and history/social studies. From what I've seen if it, it looks great.
post #2 of 41
We used it this year for 1st grade and really like it!

I learned more about the ancients from this one book than I did my entire school career, lol.

My son loves to hear the stories, and I love to read them to him. After you read each chapter, you go to the activity guide for the review questions, narration exercises, a map worksheet, and a coloring page. In addition, there are several project ideas (build your own pyramid from clay, make a mask, cook a meal, etc. pertaining to that subject...) and plenty of suggested additional reading resources.

Check your library - ours carries all 4 books, but obviously not the activity guide. They don't have the audiobooks, either. *snap* Those are on my wishlist.

My son loves history, because it's fun and interesting now.
post #3 of 41
We read from it from time to time. DD likes the stories as well and will ask for it. We have an activity book, but haven't used it.
post #4 of 41
We used the Ancients book. I felt like some of the stories were a bit dry and so we stopped after the first book. I know alot of families really like it but it just wasn't a good fit for us. The activity book is nice but I just didn't enjoy snuggling up in bed with my kiddies and reading the stories from the book to them, they were never really excited about it either.
post #5 of 41
double post, sorry
post #6 of 41
We loved SOTW. We didn't do the activities in activity book 1, but I did purchase the Volume 2 activity book anyway because the recommended book lists are so useful.

My DS is back in public school this year, but he continued to request that I read to him from the SOTW books, so we continued along in them.

Along with the reading, we made a timeline on a roll of easel paper and have been adding to it as we read (or now, as DS learns history in public school).

We are only on Volume 2 - can't comment on 3 or 4 - but I assume we'll be reading them next.

Now, what I wish for is a reading list of adult fiction to read along with the SOTW chapters. I learn so much while rading to DS and really benefit from reading fiction along with the facts to really paint a picture in my head of what life was like.
post #7 of 41
In case anyone can add to this list, here is the request I posted last year, but I didn't get much of a response:

__________________________________________________ ______

I enjoy reading historical fiction along with non-fiction. I really helps me understand a period better if I get a good image in my mind of what day to day life was like. So as I've been covering SOTW Vol. 1 with DS, I've been trying to find good books to read set in ancient times. Does anyone else do this?

Can you recommend other good books set during this time period?

I would especially like to read novels set in ancient India, China, and the Americas, if anyone can recommend something good.

****

Chapter 1. The Earliest People:
Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean Auel

Chapter 6. The Jewish People
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Chapter 28. The Roman Empire
Pompeii by Robert Harris (vivid descriptions of the aqueducts)

Chapter 40. Rome Begins to Weaken
Medicus : A Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie (murder mystery set in Britannia)

****

I read half of Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor, but I just didn't care for the book.

I am planning to read Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough, but haven't done so yet.


I also rented the Rome series from Blockbuster - it was quite good! I am disappointed they cancelled the series.
post #8 of 41
We're on book 3 right now. I like it, but I wish there was a little bit more flexibility, or had 3-4 chapters less in each volume. We end up skipping that many due to stretching out other ones or trying to make it fit our year and the opening to each chapter assumes the child read the last few.

I think after we finish the fourth book and start our second time we're simply going to use the idea of the book lists included and skip the SOTW texts, building more of a curriculum on the literature and works of the times along with more recent non-fictions.
post #9 of 41
We are using it and love it. The kids are really enjoying it also. I reccomend getting the activity book along with it.
post #10 of 41
I was thinking the same thing. We're starting SOTW next fall too. I did check out Susan Wise Bauers other book, History of the Ancient World, from the library. I highly recommend Colleen McColloughs entire series and just learned she has a book about Troy as well. I wish I could find other historical-fiction as good as that series. Anyone?

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Originally Posted by Teensy View Post
In case anyone can add to this list, here is the request I posted last year, but I didn't get much of a response:

__________________________________________________ ______

I enjoy reading historical fiction along with non-fiction. I really helps me understand a period better if I get a good image in my mind of what day to day life was like. So as I've been covering SOTW Vol. 1 with DS, I've been trying to find good books to read set in ancient times. Does anyone else do this?

Can you recommend other good books set during this time period?

I would especially like to read novels set in ancient India, China, and the Americas, if anyone can recommend something good.

****

Chapter 1. The Earliest People:
Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean Auel

Chapter 6. The Jewish People
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Chapter 28. The Roman Empire
Pompeii by Robert Harris (vivid descriptions of the aqueducts)

Chapter 40. Rome Begins to Weaken
Medicus : A Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie (murder mystery set in Britannia)

****

I read half of Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor, but I just didn't care for the book.

I am planning to read Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough, but haven't done so yet.


I also rented the Rome series from Blockbuster - it was quite good! I am disappointed they cancelled the series.
post #11 of 41
We are doing the first book here with DS 6 and he loves it. My wish is that there was a list of good videos and films to go along with the chapters. We pair SOTW with the Usborne internet linked World History, and spend a lot of time looking on Netflix and Youtube for interesting movies.
Anyway, the thing we really love about SOTW is that it is so narrative. I don't present it as the only view of history, but it is sure a good read-aloud book! DS loves history because of SOTW! (and we're very secular HSers, so I occasionally have to work around some of the Christian bias, but it's not a big deal).
post #12 of 41
I'm sorry to hijack for a second but I saw this book at the store the other day and it looked very advanced for a Kindergartener (volume 1) did I just totally miss something? It is possible I messed up volume wise but it had very few pictures and looked as though the layout was for MUCH older kids. Am I off my rocker lol?
post #13 of 41
Volume One is for a first grader, not a kindergartner.
post #14 of 41
Thanks for this thread. We will be starting SOTW in September with my son. He will be 6, then. I keep seeing other curriculum and waivering about my decision. I'm glad to hear so many other families really like it!
post #15 of 41
We did SOTW 1 this past year. DD will be 5 in May. She LOVED it. I don't think she "got" everything but there is somuch in there, I'm not sure I got everything. I look so forward to doing this again in a few years and seeing how much richer it will get as we all age.
post #16 of 41
We are reading SOTW book 1 and really enjoying it. Our local homeschool group has a SOTW club - we meet every other week and do an activity related to a chapter so we are on a slow and steady pace of 2 chapters a month. My kids love it and they are 6 and 4. We check out related books from the library so even after we have read the short chapter we have reinforcement to read at our leisure.
post #17 of 41
we like to listen to SOTW on CD and do the activity pages. my kids don't enjoy when iread the book though at all. the CD is much better for us. hth.
post #18 of 41

Historical Fiction

Here you go, these may help:
http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forum...fiction&page=5
http://www.bookmarksmagazine.com/sub...orical-fiction

If you come up with a list organized by chapter, be sure to post it, maybe we can have an online discussion! I'm really looking forward to starting Volume 1 with our local group this fall. I'm tempted to start right away, but think I better wait.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Teensy View Post
In case anyone can add to this list, here is the request I posted last year, but I didn't get much of a response:

__________________________________________________ ______

I enjoy reading historical fiction along with non-fiction. I really helps me understand a period better if I get a good image in my mind of what day to day life was like. So as I've been covering SOTW Vol. 1 with DS, I've been trying to find good books to read set in ancient times. Does anyone else do this?

Can you recommend other good books set during this time period?

I would especially like to read novels set in ancient India, China, and the Americas, if anyone can recommend something good.

****

Chapter 1. The Earliest People:
Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean Auel

Chapter 6. The Jewish People
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Chapter 28. The Roman Empire
Pompeii by Robert Harris (vivid descriptions of the aqueducts)

Chapter 40. Rome Begins to Weaken
Medicus : A Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie (murder mystery set in Britannia)

****

I read half of Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor, but I just didn't care for the book.

I am planning to read Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough, but haven't done so yet.


I also rented the Rome series from Blockbuster - it was quite good! I am disappointed they cancelled the series.
post #19 of 41
Teensy and ShanaT- you rock!
post #20 of 41
DD loves me to read to her from SOTW. Sometimes she'll ask for it. Sometimes she'll comment that she can't wait to hear "what happens next". I didn't think she would find the writing style all that appealing, but so far she's loving it.
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