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  1. I will have a 6 and 7 year old, both not reading well yet. Their older two sisters are doing Explorers - 1815 with VP self-paced online next year. However, i want to keep them on the same history time period. I was thinking about purchasing SOTW 3 to do with them next year since it covers about the same time period in history. My question is more about the activity pages. Would they be able to use the activity pages for the SOTW 3? I have not seen any of these activity pages so I am clueless and I have no way to get my hands on them to check them out since we live in China. Thanks for your help! :001_smile:
  2. I just received my copy of "Story of the World Vol 1" and I'm wondering how you break it down to teach? I've been looking through it, and I'm trying to figure out how to break it down for our weekly assignments. I'm working on our school planning for the year, and am not sure how much of the book I should cover each week. There are 42 chapters, but 36 weeks in the school year...so how do y'all do it? Are there some chapters that take less time and I could do more 2 chapters at that time? Do you figure out which chapters you want to spend more time on, and if so...which? I'm overwhelmed trying to figure this out.
  3. This was our first year using SOTW. My first-grader really likes SOTW 1, but it presents a LOT of information and moves faster than I'd like. I'm less than two months from the end of our school year (we school from Aug-May) and we just got to Julius Caesar. I'm doubling up on chapters so we can finish and still have time for a little review before summer vacation. I just took a look at the table of contents for SOTW2, and it covers a LOT of ground. I'd like to slow down and savor history rather than rushing through the Middle Ages, so I was thinking of taking a year and a half or so to do SOTW2. Of course, it would throw off the 4-year cycle--and I also have younger kids to fold into the history course. My second child will be a K'er when the first is in second grade. Has anyone else changed up the 4-year SOTW cycle? How'd you do it? How did you bring younger children into it? Has anyone skipped SOTW4 in the elementary years? TIA!
  4. We started out in January using Biblioplan Ancients, which basically mixes SOTW1, Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History, and the Bible, and throws in some readers at the K-2 level, though my library only had less than half of those, so we rarely got to them. There was mapwork, which I had to do for him as he watched (and he DID learn from it) and some Cool History questions which were ok. I used the SOTW AG to do narrations. Anyway, we started to get to where the Bible readings were taking sooooooo much time that we weren't able to move forward in SOTW at all. We also weren't seeing the connection between the two. So I decided to drop Biblioplan and just do SOTW and the Bible separately. We're now going leisurely through Egermeier's Bible Story Book (which DS loves), and easily doing 1 chapter of SOTW per week. We're doing the mapwork from the AG, which my DS can do all by himself. We're doing the narrations for each section, and it doesn't feel like too much. Basically, things are much more relaxed. I even threw the Usborne readings back in! In BP, I had read them at first, but then DS's eyes would glaze over as I read. Last week, I made up a Word document with a little "schedule" of what to do 2 days per week, with the Usborne and SOTW readings. I made narration pages. I printed out the map. I found which library books my library had that were recommended in the AG (usually my library has about 2 per week - better than the BP options!). I also realized that my son could just read the Usborne book himself. It turns out that: My son really enjoys the Usborne book when HE is reading it! SOTW is way more exciting when you're not trying to squeeze in 5 Bible stories along with it! My son LOVES to read SOTW itself on his own! Just this morning, he read 7 chapters. :001_huh: We'd be doing math or grammar, and I'd have to stop for a second and tend to something, and when I sat back down, he'd have his nose in that book. :lol: Just a minute ago, I was wondering where he was. Found him at the kitchen table... reading SOTW. I said "It's a good thing there are 4 of those books!" and he said "There are FOUR of them?!?!?" with a look of amazement. What a difference this change has been! I'm glad I finally just went with SOTW+AG. So simple, yet effective. And my son is so interested in history now! He keeps telling me random facts about what he's read in SOTW.
  5. I came across a couple of great websites for SOTW2 the Middle Ages chapters (ch 15-19 or so). This one.... http://www.cidadevirtual.pt/poge/kings/index.html Has great print-outs about 4" high of all the kings of England in order. Since that's one of the things we're memorizing, I printed them up, cut them out and then we made a picture time-line (didn't put dates, just the kings in order) and it is a great visual. We just finished Willliam the Conqueror and as we go, we'll put them all up. We don't study them all, but it's great to see them all up. This one has a lot of good printables, too. I'm using a borrowed AG for SOTW2 and it's missing a lot of maps and pictures, so I've been able to supplement with a lot of these pictures. http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/british_kings_and_queens_printables.htm I just had to share. I'm really excited about these websites, and we've been having a blast studying the Middle Ages. My boys love the fact that people just went around conquering things back then. We started reading an abridged King Arthur and my two little boys are enthralled. It's a great study!
  6. I was this close to getting MFW and then found out it jumps around in SOTW. I really don't want to do that, especially since we've read books 1-3 as they are written, in chronological order. Plus my oldest really likes bouncing back and forth between countries, and I like keeping the narrative thread, even if it isn't always obvious. I mean SWB wrote it that way for a reason, right? After my bubble burst with finding out the above, I also realized I can't justify the expense of MFW vs. doing it the WTM way, esp. because I don't think I would even use all the supplemental (but required) history books, most of which seem to have an emphasis on patriotism, missions, and Bible. Still, I like the idea of having a pre-made lesson plan and a way to tie history together with other subjects in addition to literature, so as to help with teaching multiple ages. I'm guessing, though, that there isn't anything that follows the order of SOTW 4 rather than grouping by country, or what have you...but just in case I'm wrong, I had to post this.
  7. Would I be crazy to get a SL core and SOTW 1 next year for first grade? I just cannot decide between the two. I could spread them out over a longer period, and not do all the activities or something. Am I crazy? It is still kind of early in the morning... :)
  8. After going through the SOTW cycle once with my three kids (9, 11, 13), I switched to Tapestry of Grace this year. However, I'm completely overwhelmed with the prep work for three different levels, and no one seems to be connecting with history this year like they did when we used SOTW. So I'm thinking of jumping ship and going back to SOTW with my two youngest who would still benefit from going through it again. However, I think I need something beefier but in a similar style for my oldest. Last year, when he was in 6th grade, I tried to follow the WTM recommendations and have him list key facts from Kingfisher. However, that was too dry on its own, so he listened in as I read from SOTW and then I sent him to Kingfisher. I'd like to go back to following WTM, but I'd like a spine similar to SOTW but for logic stage kids. Any suggestions?
  9. We have been going through SOTW 1 with DS since last January. We LOVE it, but I can't believe how long it's taking us to get through it. We work on it MWFs and do about a chapter a week, including a few of the extra reading as well (he's 5th grade now, so he needs more). We we only be on Chapter 26 by the end of this month and I REALLY want to get to the middle ages. (my favorite time period):D But, I'm also wondering what I'm going to have to change to get us through the book at a reasonable pace since he'll be doing even more reading as we continue. So, how do you schedule SOTW? Do you do more than one chapter a week? Are you including any of the extra activities/readings as directed in the activity guides? I won't be skipping anything since he loves history so much and is enjoy the studies, I'm just really concerned that we don't get behind even further.
  10. I was really disappointed with SOTW 4, and let me tell you, coloring pages would not have fixed it. My boys were 8 and 10 and it was too hard. I think it would be great in a couple years, but not for 3rd or 4th grade. Just wondering if our expericnce was normal or average.
  11. Does anyone ever finish one level of SOTW in one year? I feel like we never make progress. Two things that i think would help me. 1. An already planned out list of books for each chapter. 2. To purchase said books. I'm tired of trying to find books and decide which to use, and I'm tired of waiting for the library. Also, does anyone actually have their dc read a book for history such as a biography, and then write their narration? I just read in TWTM that my 4th grader should be writing his own narration in history now. Oops. He only does narration for WWE. Do I have permission to skip all supplemental books and just do the chapters, questions, and map work? There's plenty of time for supplemental reading later, right?
  12. There's more than 36 chapters, so what should I do if I want to finish it in time? Are there some chapters that can be easily combined to be covered within the same week? Or are there some chapters that would be okay to skip? (I'm thinking like the story of the Israelites in Egypt, since that'll be covered during our scripture study)
  13. I've had my kids together for history from the beginning. This coming fall, my oldest will be in 6th grade and my youngest in 4th. My 6th grader wants to do History Odyssey so he can "do it by himself". That's fine with me, but I want my 4th grader to do SOTW, and of course, these 2 programs don't line up too well. We'll be doing Middle Ages this year. So, for the first time, I think I will split them up. Do any of you split up your kids like this? How has it worked for you? I tried to go through SOTW and HO and correlate them, but it doesn't work too well!!
  14. If I get SOTW1 audiobook and activity guide, do you recommend I also still get the paperback?? TIA
  15. I am still so conflicted over whether to have my 9 and 7 year old daughters continue with Five in a Row, or switch to Story of the World, and I'm trying to get as much information as possible to help me with my decision. Could you share your experiences with it? Do your kids like it? My fear is that it would be dry and boring, like your typical textbook. Also, do your kids get bored studying Ancients for months? So whether you love it, hate it, or somewhere in-between, could you share some more thoughts about it? Also, if there anyone who transitioned from the Unit Study approach to SOTW, and if so, how was that transition and why did you make it? Jenny
  16. We're doing 4-day History using SOTW Ancients lined up with the VP Greece and Rome cards. I know there are resources available but I don't have time to research right now! We want to read, activity book, etc. Anyone do 4 days? I don't read out of the cards, but my eldest is using them and I want to have a bit of coherence to our history.
  17. If you had to pick only 10 books, and 2-3 extra hands on resources for 1st, what would they be ???
  18. You know, using a spine and just doing narration? I don't do well with complications. I wonder if I should just try using SOTW and Usborne as A spine and then just doing narration. Of course I know SOTW wasn't out yet when WTM 1st edition was being used. I just start to get all out of shape when we have to run off copies of things, make things, etc. And since my dc are very creative and have access to a well stocked craft cabinet, they usually make up their own projects. Another question that goes along with this would be, can I use SOTW and the Activity Book in a very easy, no mess way? Just coloring or narrations? Or would that be a waste of money for me if my idea of hands on, is my hands reading the book?
  19. Hi everyone, I have a question about how I go about combining my kids when using SOTW. Here is my situation. Next fall my oldest will be in grade 1. We're planning to use SOTW volume 1. When she is in grade 2, we'll use Volume 2. But when she is in grade 3 and ready for SOTW volume 3, my next child will be in grade 1 -- ready to start SOTW volume 1. Do I do both volumes 1 and 3 at the same time? Or do I toss my then 1st grader into Volume 3 with my 3rd grader? If I put the 1st grader in with the 3rd grader in SOTW Volume 3, will it be too advanced/complex for him? Will it confuse him not to start history with the ancients? Anyone have any advice or info on how they did it or how Wise and Bauer recommend handling this situation in TWTM (I'm waiting for my copy of TWTM to arrive in the mail). Thanks so much!
  20. compared to the older version? The website says they are similar in content, but the new version has better pictures, maps, ect. Just how much better are they? Is it worth is to get the older version, or should we spend the $ for the newer ones? My first thought is to buy what is cheaper, but I don't want to waste $ if it's that much more awesome. After seeing the new God's Design books I wouldn't dream of getting the old ones because visually they're great and I'm visual. Is SOTW similar?
  21. Hi everyone! I'm new here, but I'm loving all the information I've garnered so far! I'm trying to decide if I should do SOTW or History Odyssey for my son who'll be in 1st grade? He loves to read/listening to others read, and he enjoys hands-on activities. He is a typical almost 6 year old boy though, and sitting still remains a problem. I noticed HO uses SOTW in some of its lessons; however, it seems to offer more. I'd love to hear your thoughts, especially if you are a user of HO since I know less about that curriculum. Thanks so much!
  22. We are currently using SOTW and are happy with it. I supplement with Truthquest and All Through the Ages because we belong to a Living Books Library and use a lot of older, literature based books in our schooling. I have seen threads on Biblioplan and have gone to their website, but still do not really understand. :001_huh: Is this a planner? Schedule based? Or is it is list of literature based books to use as a supplement to SOTW like I am doing now? Those who use it, what do you like about it? Sell me on this if you can. :) Thanks !!!
  23. I really enjoy the style of this writing. I felt it was very compelling and more of a page turner than SOTW. It seems to be written at a higher level, maybe starting it at 4th grade, rather than 1st. I will admit, when I first started reading it I saw discrepencies in how some parts seemed to be speaking to very young children and other parts describing battles in detail more appropriate for an older reader. I soon got used to it, but it does seem odd. Important events are not left out. His story of Alexander the Great was particularly enjoyable and accurate. History is discussed mostly by civilization, depending on how much time goes by and how different the events are. Ancient History covered Mesopotamia, Egypt, and India all in one chapter each. China was divided due to very different time periods. Great detail is given to religion. Buddhism, Islam and Confuscious are all covered in detail at a child's level. Judaism is spoken of, but other than there being one God there is little detail. Christianity is also addressed as to how it affected several events. I am wondering whether the book would work as part of a secular curriculum. The general discussions that I have seen about this book consider it more secular than SOTW and I completely disagree. I really don't know where the idea came from. Here are some things that are said in the reading: "Do you know the story of the Tower of Babel, when the people of...God was angry ... and stopped them... ?" One of Abraham of Ur's descendants was Joseph, son of Jacob, whose brothers took him ... You may know how the story goes on: how there was a famine throughout the land, and how Joseph's brothers travelled to Egypt. The Bible has lots of good stories about the next kings, King David and King Solomon. Men arose among them compelled to speak to their people because God spoke through them. You can read about Jesus Christ in the Bible. You probably know the essentials of what he taught: That all men are God's children. That the love of this father is infinite. That.... sinners. That... mercy. You know what mercy is: The great and forgiving love of God. And that is why we should treat others as we hope our God, our Father, will treat us. And you know that Jesus traveled, healing the sick... Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: "If I don't have love..." Anyway, just some examples. Now tell me if this will work in a secular curriculum. And if it will, would SOTW work better? Or could I use both? Any mor reviews of this book are welcome here too. Thanks!
  24. I'm pulling my hair out here over this. My 8-yo son loves American History and really wants to study it this year in homeschool. We are still on our 1st year of the 4-yr. cycle; Ancients (SOTW). I got to look through WP's The Story of the Americas 1 yesterday at a friends house (who, btw, has boys the exact age and grade of mine) and it looked neat. It looked like they would really enjoy it, and I would love to have a daily schedule like that. These friends live about a 5-min. drive from us, and since they are using that this year, we could get together for history projects. My boys are excited over the possibility of doing this. But like always, I had to go over the idea with a fine-toothed comb. I listened to one of SWB's CDs and now have these questions about this WP program: 1. Does it include guided questions that lead toward a narration? No matter what program I use, I want to have the type of questions and narrations in SOTW; WTM-style. 2. Is the reading material of good quality? Is it literature that will help prepare them for a Great Books study in high school? I really prefer our school books to be classics or kid-versions of classics, although some are hit-and-miss with the kids. I feel nervous about jumping off the 4-yr. cycle for 2 years of American hist. We'd be returning to it when my older ds is in 5th grade, so it would be time to start the cycle again then anyhow. If I do this WP American Story 1 & then 2, will I rob my kids of the mental pegs (Middle Ages, what was happening in the rest of the world) that would have been created to later hang deeper info upon? Please weigh in w/ your thoughts, pros and cons. Thanks!
  25. Anyone using Living Math from Julie? I'm thinking of using the one that corresponds to SOTW I. I hear that she's finishing her next set of units... I'm interested in either using it with just my kids or in a group setting. I'd love to hear your experiences... Carrie:-)
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