- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 7
- Audio CD: 7 pages
- Publisher: The Well-Trained Mind Press; 1 edition (October 2, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933339047
- ISBN-13: 978-1933339047
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (500 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story of the world: Ancient times, from the earliest Nomads to the last Roman emperor history for the classical child, Vol. 1 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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“This may well be the best multi-age read aloud narrative of world history yet to have been written.” (Homeschooling in Japan) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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.
Jim Weiss's story recordings and books offer a welcoming doorway into the world’s greatest stories from literature and history. His vivid retellings of the classics have received more than one hundred major awards from organizations such as the American Library Association, Parents' Choice Foundation, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, and Film Advisory Board. More importantly, the stories form the heart of daily learning and meaningful entertainment in households and schools around the world.To hear Jim tell a story is to become swept up in the tale. He includes information about people and events behind the stories, and encourages children to read the original classics, on their own or with the help of more experienced readers. So listeners leave the storyteller's circle inspired to learn even more and to develop their own creative gifts. Jim Weiss believes the joy of reading, writing and creative activity begins in the presence of the storyteller.For performance availability, distribution information, or additional titles, please visit www.welltrainedmind.com or www.jimweiss.com.
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This is our first year homeschooling our 4th grade daughter and we met and grilled many of the homeschool mothers in our area on their system of teaching. One of them recommended the Wise/Bauer book "The Well-Trained Mind" which seemed to be a very good fit for both my teaching style and our daughter's learning style. "The Well-Trained Mind" recommends, of course, this series of books for teaching history. But what a lot of people are missing, I think, is that Volume 1 is meant for 1st grade, Volume 2 for 2nd grade, etc. These 4 volumes are also meant to be the first of 3 levels of teaching history as the child goes through his/her 12 years of education. In other words, these four volumes are laying the groundwork for what's to come. It's not a be-all end-all history course.
The reason my approach is different is because I'm using this series of books to catch my daughter up to where a well-educated child should be by the 4th grade. Up through to the end of 3rd grade in the public school system, the only exposure she'd had to history is to the timespan just before and just after the American revolutionary war. So we had a lot of ground to cover. But I didn't want it to turn into a grind for her, so I took the authors' intentions to heart and I'm using this series to form a groundwork for a basic understanding of history.
So what I'm doing is covering all four volumes in 1 year. That works out to a little over 2 months per volume or 4 chapters (for Volume 1) per week. I skipped the activity book but did buy the workbook with the quizzes. We've read to our daughter since she was a baby and she still loves to be read to, so for the 1-hour class (which I hold twice a week) I read 2 chapters to her, discussing what we're reading as I go along. She loves it and the book is easy to read from. Before class starts, I give her 2 quizzes from the 2 chapters read in the previous class. She gets about as many questions right as I would and it's just to help reinforce what I've read to her.
So all the complaints about inaccuracies in the book and the author's religious slant (which I didn't find and I was looking for), they don't matter. What really matters is that my daughter enjoys learning about history (it's her favorite class) and she's building a foundation that can be built on in later years.
In addition to this series and its workbooks, I also picked up "The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia." Once a week I give her homework to read assigned pages from this book to reinforce or, perhaps, to give a different point of view on what she's just learned.
All history books will turn up people who will disagree with the content, will find inaccuracies in the material, or won't agree with the author's point of view. But, guess what? It doesn't matter. Your child is still young and you are filling in a background in history that his/her public school peers will never have.
I started off unschooling and felt like we were bouncing all over the place. I love using the Well Trained Mind as an outline/order to follow and then let my imagination and library discoveries take it from there. Order + Unschooling have blended to create my perfect school system. Feel free to send me any questions.
What I really like about this book is that it is designed to introduce young kids to history. It isn't a college-level, peer-reviewed, well-researched, completely accurate book. But it functions well as (I believe) it was intended - to give children a broad introduction to history and historical periods and ideas, to get them excited about history, and curious.
I see some inaccuracies in the text, and I see some things I will not be teaching my kids about in a very detailed manner, and I see some things that I will teach my kids, but I will use the Bible to do it, rather than the book's text.
I have no problem whatsoever using this book as a GUIDE to teach my kids history - tossing out the things I can't or don't want to use, and using the things I find useful, and going farther in depth about things I think are important. I think for this purpose, the book works very well, and, I find this to be the case for most curriculum. Even math - which is not biased - has parts my children need and other parts they do not. So we may go light on some parts and heavier on others. This is the nature of teaching, and the nature of learning.
If you are looking for something less religious, you could try R.E.A.L. History (google that).