Overwhelmed by all the SOTW extras - what are must-haves?
Posted 31 May 2013 - 08:24 AM
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Posted 31 May 2013 - 09:48 AM
My advice would be to get one of the encyclopedias. I personally like the Usborne internet linked one.
Another book that my family really enjoys is the Egyptians and Their Neighbors.
We also really like Usborne Prehistoric World.
The DK Eyewitness books are good. There's loads of them for all kinds of subjects, not just history.
The Jim Weiss audios are good.
Magic Tree House Research Guides are well liked here, and really more appropriate as read alouds with a young child.
I would look for a good book of Bible Stories (whatever works for your family), and other collections or picture books of myths. (African, Egyptian, Greek).
The three Gilgamesh books by Ludmila Zeman are beautiful. My oldest really loves them.
I really like D is for Doufu An Alphabet of Chinese Culture.
Some of the Dover coloring books are fun.
Most of the other books I would use the library for, and buy used if you feel you'll get use out of them.
But really I wouldn't worry over much about history with such a young child. I would maybe try to do some projects and read a lot of the picture books recommended. Make it fun. I personally found that the majority of the recommended books were not at a 1st grade level. Maybe some young children would listen to a history book read aloud, but mine wouldn't. My oldest wouldn't even. They're for looking and talking about the pictures, or perusing on ones own.
At that age I would focus on the literature aspects of history.
Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:07 AM
Archaeologists Dig for Clues
Discovery in the Cave
Egyptian Gods and Goddesses
Seeker of Knowledge
Boy of the Pyramids
D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths (audio CD)
The Trojan Horse : How the Greeks Won the War
King Midas and the Golden Touch
The Aesop for Children
City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction
Pompeii, Buried Alive!
One Grain of Rice
All of them were good, but the green we especially liked.
We also watched these videos on youtube:
Mesopotamia (for kids, really well done)
Pyramid based on book by Macaulay- a few possibly inappropriate scenes, use your discretion
And we have not yet watched the City PBS video, also available on youtube. I'm planning o previewing it tonight ot make sure it's ok for my kids.
Posted 31 May 2013 - 01:02 PM
Posted 31 May 2013 - 02:42 PM
Here's what we liked:
Archaeologists Dig For Clues
Stone Age Boy
Maroo of the Winter Caves (read aloud chapter book)
the Gilgamesh trilogy by Ludmila Zeman
Rich and Poor in Ancient Mesopotamia
True Books: Mesopotamia
The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus
The Orchard Book of Greek Myths
True Books: Ancient Greece
Tales from the Odyssey Parts 1 & 2 by Mary Pope Osborne
Posted 31 May 2013 - 04:52 PM
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Posted 31 May 2013 - 05:53 PM
I could usually tell by the library entry which books would be age appropriate. We mostly did non-fiction and not the literature selections.
Posted 31 May 2013 - 05:55 PM
Posted 31 May 2013 - 10:10 PM
I am going to order the audio cds. My kids both love Jim Weiss, and it will be great review, as I know my kids will listen to them often. RR also has them for about $25. They are super hard to get from our library.