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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
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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 a writer, teacher, and historian. Her books include The Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, the History of the World series (W. W. Norton) and the Story of the World series (Well-Trained Mind Press). She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary.
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I've decided to keep only one copy for myself to use in lesson planning, and return the rest. For families with more than one child, the student pages can either be copied or purchased separately from the publisher printed or in PDF format.
I really wish the teacher's materials had been printed in the hardcover text rather than this activity book, that way parents could purchase one "teachers book" and as many "student books" as they need.
Susan Wise Bauer uses an easier to read writing style with Vol. 1, Therefore, it is a wonderful book for a beginner reader, but an older child would find it quite childish. I never read the book to my children, but had them read it to themselves. So it was nice to have a book written at a fairly easy to read level. I would say a child who could read at a 2nd or 3rd grade level will do just fine reading the textbook themselves.
As for the activity book, it is a must have. Not only does the activity book provide questions and answers for each chapter, it gives corresponding pages to read in Kingfisher and Usborne Encyclopedias (I believe the newer publications no longer use the Kingfisher as it is no longer published), and provides a list of books for further reading. At the back of the book maps and other hands on activities are included along with short synopsis pages which the child can cut out, color and then put together to make a small book. If that wan't enough there are numerous activities to pick and a parent can find those to fit the personality and learning style of the student.
As a side, the test books are not necessary, but provide the parent with a way to verify the student's retention. Tests for the early volume consists of multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank and 1 essay. One problem I did notice with the test books is they do not always correlate with the questions and answers in the activity books. Many times the questions in the activity books would focus on a certain topic, but the student would be tested on something else. (To be fair the information is covered in the textbook.)
The reason I highly recommend the activity book is there is almost no prep time on the parents part. This is perfect for a busy parent and exactly what I needed as I have quite a few children and, thus, I needed something to keep the kids on track and also which had everything at my fingertips. Plus, the kids learned quite a bit about ancient history and also retained it as well.
If you are going to use the Story of the World text to teach history, then I would highly recommend the activity book as well.
Sadly, I already see a few issues with this "activity book" though.
First, I find the name of this book misleading. When I hear "activity book", I'm thinking of a book that will guide the kids through the narration with activities. Perhaps with a teacher page, then a corresponding student activity page. That's not what this is. Basically, the first section of the book is full of suggested activities to go with each section of the book (and, I find the format of these suggestions to be confusing and crowded). The second section of this book is comprised of student pages. I'm okay with most of these being coloring pages and map activities, after all, this book is for 1st graders.
My other big problem is that the pages aren't perforated, and the book is not bound in a way that allows easy access to the pages to make copies. To make copies of the student pages, I'll have to crack the spine of this book, which, over time, doing many times, to make many copies, will destroy this book. That's pretty crappy. It would be SO much better if this were bound with a spiral, allowing the person to fold the book on itself and make copies easily.
I'm sure we'll use some of the activities and many of the student pages. But overall, I'm disappointed with the binding of this book, and the format that this is presented in. It could be so much better.