Story of the World

Join us our adventures in ancient history! We use Story of the World, Volume 1:  Ancient Times, by Susan Wise Bauer, as our spine.  Our activities also go well with History Odyssey curriculum, as well as other ancient studies.

We use many other supplemental books, videos, and activities, shared in the posts below.  I continue to add more posts as we discover all of the wonderful things ancient history has to offer, so check back often.

Chapter 2:  Egyptians Lived on the Nile River
Going Down The Nile River
How to Make Egyptian Reed Boats
Make a Mini-Nile River in Your Yard

Chapter 4:  The Old Kingdom of Egypt
How to Mummify a Rubber Chicken
Lego Pyramid, Sugar Cube Pyramids and more

Chapter 5:  The First Sumerian Dictator
Make the Euphrates River on butcher paper and act out the story of Sargon

Chapter 7:  Hammurabi and the Babylonians
Make Your Own Family Law Stele, like the Code of Hammurabi

Chapter 8:  The Assyrians
Acting out the story of Gilgamesh

Chapter 9: The First Cities of India
Make the lost city of Mohenjo-Daro with clay bricks

Chapter 10:  The Far East:  Ancient China
Pictograms, make your own clay Terracotta Warrior, and History Pockets

Chapter 11:  Ancient Africa
Make your own Anansi the Spider
African Hand Painting Activity and supplemental readings

Chapter 12:  The Middle Kingdom of Egypt
Make miniature bows and arrows, Make Nubian gold jewelry, and more

Chapter 13:  The New Kingdom of Egypt
King Tut masks and some wonderful go-along books

Chapter 15:  The Phoenicians
Phoenician Boat Craft and Trading Game
Making Purple Dye and Dyeing Yarn and Pasta to Make a Necklace

More coming soon…

A note about skipping chapters.  I don’t post on every chapter because we don’t always do something really interesting, but we do read each chapter aloud and/or listen to the audio narration by Jim Weiss and do some map work.


5 Responses to Story of the World

  1. I agree with you… we did read each chapter and do the mapping activities, but not every chapter warranted a full blown side trip with activities, etc… I do love Story of The World, and now that we are nearly done with Volume 1, we look back at our notebooks and realize what a FIRM grasp of history the children are getting!

  2. Julie says:

    We also don’t do all the activities every week. We only choose the ones we may enjoy and skip the rest. We do the mapping, coloring (though this is getting old after 3 pages), and the chapter.

  3. Casey says:

    Love story of the world! Tried others, but always come back to SOW. We’re starting book 3 this year. Great posts on your activities!

  4. We have loved SOTW, too! We’re almost finished vol2 and hoping to start vol3 soon;) We definitely pick and choose the activities we will complete each week… and definitely some weeks it’s only map, coloring page, narrations and some library books;)

    You may find this site useful!! I used it a lot for copywork, extra activities and book ideas:)

  5. Nonie says:

    I look forward to seeing more 🙂

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