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As I wrote on my previous posting about history, world history has been one of our favourite lessons.
Our spine book is The Story of The World Series. It is recommended in The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition). If you want to peek inside all the main books and the supplemental resources, just go to Peace Hill Press. This series has 4 Volumes:
- Ancient Times
- The Middle Ages
- Early Modern Times
- The Modern Age
There are some supplemental resources to support our lessons:
- The most important supplement is The Story of the World Activity Books. It has some review questions, narration example and expectation, encyclopedia cross refference, additional history reading, mapwork, colouring page, and activity project. At first I didn't purchase this book as I thopught I could arrange the lesson and activity by myself as there are ranges of free online activity in the internet. However, I was very overwhelmed so that quite hard to focus and stay on the point. Therefore, I just purchase the activity book in PDF format.
- If you prefer to give a written test for your children like I do, there are also The Story of The World Test Books which are ready with written test for each chapter in the books. I purchase the PDF format from Peace Hill Press as it is much practical and cheaper for us.
- If you have an auditorial learner, you might purchase The Story of The World Audiobook or you can download them in Peace Hill Press also.
We love this series a lot because the way history presented inside use some interesting stories. The language is quite easy for my children here. For Jim, I use to read and translate it directly into Indonesian once he doesn't get the points. There are just a few pictures in the text book, but we use to see pictures in the reference books.
Beside the spine books, we have some reference to support kids with further information and engagement.
We use The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History most of the time. The language is quite simple for kids. Moreover, it has usborne quicklinks which are organized very well for each couple of pages. Usborne quicklinks are list of internet links to support the material or the topic given in certain pages. There are also cliparts in the site to use for notebooking and lapbooking activities.
To get deeper into certain ancient history that kids are really interested, we look up The Usborne Encyclopedia of the Ancient World: Internet Linked (History Encyclopedias). As the title mentioned, theis reference also has internet link. The information given is more detail.
Sometimes we use The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, 3rd edition. It has smaller letters, but more complete information than the previous ones. This book is recommended for Gr.5 higher.
Before I used The Story of The World series, I used some free online curriculum belows. They are great indeed, but I was just so overwhelmed as I said before and it is hard for me to make them into stories. Therefore, I use a narrated spine book rather than separated and arranged resources.
Did you have world history in elementary school?
If you do, what did you use to study?