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The Story of the World, Activity Book 1: Ancient Times - From the Earliest Nomad to the Last Roman Emperor Paperback – November 17, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1933339054 ISBN-10: 1933339055 Edition: Third Edition

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Peace Hill Press; Third Edition edition (November 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933339055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933339054
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


As a craft challenged mom, I appreciate the thorough directions, the variety offered, and the lists of literature suggestions. -- Diane Wheeler, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

No matter what your child's interests, these activities will help them experience and retain parts of ancient history. -- Cafi Cohen, author of Homeschooling the Teen Years

This is a basic history resource from which you can build a complete study for the early grades. -- Cathy Duffy, author of The Christian Home Educator's Manual; The Elementary Grades --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Susan Wise Bauer is the best-selling author of the Story of the World series and The Well-Trained Mind, among other works. She lives in Virginia.

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Susan was born in 1968, grew up in Virginia, and was educated at home by pioneering parents, back when home education was still unheard of. She worked as a professional musician, wore a costume at Colonial Williamsburg, toured with a travelling drama group, galloped racehorses at a Virginia racetrack, taught horseback riding, worked in radio and newspaper ad sales, learned enough Korean to teach a Korean four-year-old Sunday school, and served as librarian and reading tutor for the Rita Welsh Adult Literacy Center in Williamsburg, Virginia.

In her less haphazard adult life, she earned an M.A., M.Div., and Ph.D. She has taught at the College of William & Mary in Virginia for the last sixteen years. Susan is married and the mother of four.

Susan's most recent book for Norton, The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade (2010), is the second in a four-volume series providing a narrative world history. Look for the first volume, The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome, as well!

Her previous book, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (2003), is a guide to reading the classic works of fiction, poetry, history, autobiography, and drama. Norton also published The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (with co-author Jessie Wise); originally published in 1999, this bestselling guide to education in the classical tradition was revised and updated in 2004 and again in 2009.

For Peace Hill Press, Susan has written a four-volume world history series for children, The Story of the World, for Peace Hill Press. Volume 1, Ancient Times, was published in 2002 (revised edition 2006); Volume 2, The Middle Ages, in 2003 (revised edition 2007); and Volume 3, Early Modern Times, in 2004. The final volume, The Modern Age, was published in 2006. She has also written a best-selling elementary writing program, Writing With Ease.

Susan is also the author of The Art of the Public Grovel (Princeton University Press) and many articles and reviews. Visit her blog at http://www.susanwisebauer.com/blog.

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Customer Reviews

This activity book really brings history to life, and it makes learning fun!
The Story of the World: Activity Book 1: Ancient Times My daughters are 4th and 5th Grade and we use The Story of the World Volumes for History.
S. Richmond
The chapters are very easy to read aloud while the kids work on a corresponding coloring page from the activity book.
D. Madsen

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219 of 227 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Egan on July 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Story of the World: Activity Book One: Ancient Times is an amazing resource. Perfectly matched with The Story of the World text, it is an invaluable resource. This book should be required for every elementary school child.
The book starts with a handy pronunciation guide, which is a great help with the many ancient names encountered. It ends with a huge section of student pages, which include maps of the ancient world, coloring pages (many taken from ancient art/architecture), and review cards. Found in between these 2 sections is the comprehensive teaching guide.
The teaching guide has a wealth of information, for every section. The reading is cross-referenced with Usborne and Kingfisher history encyclopedias. Review questions and sample narrations are provided. Lists of optional, supplemental, age-appropriate reading materials are included, as well. In many sections, there are recipes appropriate to the geographical area and/or time period being studied.
Even with all of the above, Ms. Bauer did not stop. Every chapter has a wealth of hands-on activities and projects, correlated to the subject matter. These activities are designed to be done with materials that most people already have in their homes. There are always several activies included, ranging from the simple to the complex. For example, the chapter on The Old Kingdom in Egypt includes a project to make a Lego step pyramid, and instructions on how to mummify a chicken.
This is by far the most comprehensive and well-written history activity guide that I have ever used. Everything that I needed was included. After using this in kindergarten, my son has a deeper understanding of ancient history than many of the adults that I know. I used several of the projects with my teenage daughter as well, and she thoroughly enjoyed them. I would highly recommend this book for every family with children.
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184 of 192 people found the following review helpful By Purple Strawberry on March 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am disappointed to see many people posting negative reviews simply because the curriculum is not in line with their religious beliefs. The Well-Trained Mind specifically states it is the parent's job to insert religious history where appropriate, which is what I did with religious coloring book pages and activities inserted into where the Prophets would have fallen chronologically. However, I agree with some of the reviewers who have stated that the book suffers from other drawbacks:

1) The book is far too heavy on coloring pages, many of which are sloppily drawn. Some of them look like a child traced a photograph of a particular artifact in pencil, then drew over the pencil tracing sloppily in felt marker and that was given to us as a coloring page. I purchased some Bellerophon coloring books for better and more interesting examples and found that at least one of the coloring pages looked like it had been traced out of the coloring book! Aside from the quality of the coloring pages, my children got bored with coloring all the time. It was interesting in the beginning, but it quickly became tedious and un-interesting. My children prefer more involved and intellectual activities than just coloring something. Because of this reason alone I will probably not buy the second volume. I suspect this has something to do with the authors' belief that children in the "grammar stage" are only in need/want of rote memorization and imitation and need/want/are capable of little if any creative or analytical activity. I personally found this to be completely untrue and my children's dissatisfaction with the activity book is a case in point.

2) The activities are mostly "art projects" of one kind or another and often wasteful "busy-work" as others have mentioned.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By "megtayler" on July 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've been using the Activity Guide for the Story of the World for five weeks now, with a 7yo girl and a 5yo boy.
This is not a stand-alone book, but this book plus the Story of the World (plus access to a library) gives you everything you need for a very complete history curriculum. I think it would be suitable for most children in grades K-3.
Here's what you get in the Story of the World Activity Guide (basically everything!)...
Review Questions - my kids compete to answer these. They are fun, not too hard, and cover all the main points in the chapter. Which makes it very easy to follow up with...
Narration Exercises - OK, we're still trying to get the hang of these. Neither of my guys knows how to summarize, really. But I'm sure we'll get it, and it'll be a valuable skill later on.
***Additional History Reading and Corresponding Literature Suggestions*** - I LOVE these books! So far my library has had almost all of them. They are mostly simple fact books and gorgeous picture books. This is the most valuable part of the guide, for me.
Map Work - I like this. My kids are getting a real sense of the geography of Egypt and the Middle East. It helps to have a globe handy, so we can match the maps with the "real" world.
Coloring Pages - Well, to be honest, I find the pictures really vary in quality, but my kids don't seem to have noticed. And it's nice to have them right there.
Projects - Once I got over the idea that I wanted to do them all, I found myself really enjoying these. We've made cave paintings, and a model of the Nile. We're planning on doing the sand cube step pyramid some time next week and I haven't totally ruled out cuneiform tablets (if I get around to picking up the clay).
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