October 2016

Story Of The World {History Curriculum}

It has seemed like forever, right? That I have blogged last that is. My hiatus was never intentional – seems to be a common theme when keeping up with these 5 kids of mine, ha! I can think of no better way to catch up so-to-speak other than to jump right in and give you a glimpse of some of our current curriculum.

 In this post I am focusing on the history curricula we have been using with our 5th, 4th and 1st graders.

Firstly, let me start off by stating I am not being reimbursed or profiting in anyway sharing my testimony; reviewing Story Of the World -a history curriculum.  I am just that impressed by it.

So, what is it?

Story Of The World {Volume One}



For those of you that are unfamiliar with ‘Story Of The World’ I will share a bit of background information.

“Volume one covering the first 5000 years of civilization, you’ll be taken on a journey from the Fertile Crescent to the barbarian’s invasion of Rome.” Although it is not a Christian-based curriculum and is written from a secular point of view, the author herself; Susan Wise Bauer is a Christian. Everything written is historically sound with what the bible teaches and what historians have recorded. The very first chapter begins with the Nomads; people who ‘wander’ from place to place. Here is the excerpt from the first chapter in the Activity Book

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At the back of the Activity book (Excerpt pictured above) they offer reproducible student pages with correlating activity sheets, coloring pages and maps for every chapter. They also have a test booklet which includes multiple choice questions, true or false and fill in the blanks for each lesson, We switch it up with oral tests and once in awhile use the formal test. By the time we are finished narrating what we have learned, along with the maps and activity sheets I find they already have a solid understanding of the history lesson and the tests unnecessary at that point.

Let me tell you my ingenious secret to accomplishing our history lesson with all 5 kids in the house- audio. Story Of the World offers the series on audio. This is huge folks, I press play and walk away to occupy the twins. The 5th, 4th and 1st grader can then color in their maps and coloring pages while listening to the lesson. My throat doesn’t get sore from reading chapters upon chapters, and no interruptions from the little siblings. The best part is, they are completely enthralled while listening to the audio. Jim Weis does the narrating, he is good. Bonus- they are almost completely done their activities on the lesson by the time the audio chapter is over (approximately 5-7 minutes per lesson) we then go through some oral exercises and do our map work. Story Of the World can be as in depth as you like. The activity book includes a list of books your local library carries, websites and encyclopedia cross-references, and many more resources.

Here is a direct link to the Audio 7 Disc set ‘Story Of The World- Ancient Times’  Volume One –



Thanks for stopping by and reading about our latest curriculum favorites! Stay tuned for more posts on our homeschooling journey for the 2016/2017 year!


The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge Proverbs 18:15