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  1. *** OLD THREAD! *** I resurrected it to update with what we ended up doing; please do add to it if you have ideas about implementing SOTW4! Original Post begins here: I am using SOTW4 with A, and he really struggles with the comprehension questions. We read the encyclopedia selections first for background, and I have begun reading the SOTW4 activity guide questions to him before we read from SOTW4, but that doesn't make much difference; and to help with the reading itself we did the last assignment as paired reading, alternating reading paragraphs aloud to each other, and while he
  2. Hello all, I'm just starting to get ready for the coming school year, and I read the Foreword for Story of the World 4. Susan Wise Bauer says that she does not recommend using this book for kids below grade 4 because of the serious and violent nature of the history of the 20th century. My oldest is entering 4th grade, and I have a 3rd grader (on the young side, just turned 8) and a 1st grader (6 yrs old). What am I supposed to do? I'm frustrated because I practically killed myself last year doing 2 years of SOTW in one so that my 2nd grader could catch up with his older brother (he was
  3. Hi everyone! I just wanted to share a little blog I've started in which I will be posting online resources linked with the units and subunits of SOTW book 4. Most of what you'll find there are extension materials such as primary source documents, and video enrichment for my logic stage son. It's called StoryOfTheWorldBlog I hope you might find it of some use! Cheers, Lisa
  4. I had ds10 type up facts as he came across new information. First he read the section, then he listened to it. He looked on the world map and atlas where everything was. On the second day he read the second section and did the same as before. On the third day he completed the map work and read the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia entries on both. He added more facts to his two sections in the chapter. He also decided then to write a paragraph on the Sepoy Mutiny. He had a choice between the two sections. On the fourth day he explored the Internet Quicklinks and completed the coloring page
  5. Help needed please... We have the book, test and activity guide. Why is it so hard to find all the online extras that are everywhere for Vol 1 & 2? I know they are not necessary but that is how my ds learns. Things like a list of corresponding movies, BBC Horrible Histories, lapbooks, or anything else would be greatly appreciated! Could you point me in the right direction? Thanks! :)
  6. This is the first time we're doing History in fifth, logic stage, and ds is following this sequence: Day 1 Listen to and read chapter in SOTW 4, look up locations on globe and map, answer questions, type up rough outline for narration Day 2 Listen to and read second section, answer questions, encyclopedia readings for both first and second sections, add important people, places, facts to outline Day 3 Mapwork, timeline work (using book and encyclopedia), flesh out outline and choose one paragraph to write about. As ability increases, perhaps add another paragraph for a total of two. Day
  7. Hi everyone! I just wanted to share a little blog I've started in which I will be posting online resources linked with the units and subunits of SOTW book 4. Most of what you'll find there are extension materials such as primary source documents, and video enrichment for my logic stage son. It's called StoryOfTheWorldBlog I hope you might find it of some use! Cheers, Lisa
  8. Both DDs are hating the maps. They're complaining that it's all 'label, label, label' & want it to be more like the previous 3 levels, with more colouring and arrows. Anyone else found this? Anyone made modifications & willing to share them?
  9. First of all, my apologies for this being so long and drawn out. I have 3 dc. DS 7th, dd 5th, and dd 1st. We came into WTM late beginning 3 years ago when my ds was in 4th. We started with SOTW 1. This past school year, we finished SOTW 3 in May. I had plans to do SOTW 4 this next school year with my two oldest. However, now that my youngest dd is ready for the cycle, I have been toying with the idea of returning to Ancients both because of the mature content in SOTW 4 as well as then both dd's will be in the right place of the WTM cycle. In order to do that I had the bright idea th
  10. Hello Forum! We've been doing SL for the last two years. This is what we've studied in the last 3: SL5: Eastern Hemisphere SL 3+4: Condensed American History in 1 year TOG Year 1: Ancient History "through the fall of Rome" In Fall '11, if we stay on the same path we've been on (pre-scheduled weeks purchased from a curriculum provider) we would be at SL Alt 7- one year's worth of World History. Is "World History" more broad than "Ancient History"? I feel like my ds has learned and knows so much about ancient history already, and I can't bear the thought of him reading a
  11. This summer when I got ready to pre-read SOTW 4 and prepare my booklist I was surprised that several moms here told me that this period was too intense for their child(ren). We started SOTW 1 in 1st grade and have followed the sequence in order so I just assumed that SOTW 4 would be like all the others. Once I started pre-reading I saw just what those moms meant. SWB even addressed it in the foreword of the volume. After pre-reading the entire volume and doing some thinking I decided that we would cover this period of history but do it at an accelerated pace, focusing on America's part o
  12. or as its main reading component for history? This would be for my 7th grader. Just thinkin' Faithe
  13. My boys will be in a classical Christian school next year but I want to keep books here to supplement what they are learning. They will be basically in the SOTW 4 time frame. Thanks for any suggestions. Trisha
  14. Next year I want to have in our budget enough to purchase the 10 "best of the best" books to supplement SOTW 4. Can you help me make my list? For SOTW 2 I purchased over 50 books and this year for SOTW 3 I didn't have a budget to buy one extra thing. Next year will be a happy medium. ;) I would prefer biographies and CM style books where the story is told from a first person point of view but am very open to all suggestions. So what did you just love, love, love that made SOTW absolutely come alive for your dc?
  15. We are finally getting through our first go round of history. This upcoming year will be year 4. We are using SOTW 4 with a Grade 8 and Grade 5. The younger boy will be using OM. If you did this with these grades how did it go? My oldest made a lot of improvements this year. He is ready for heavier work, but probably not quite Grade 8 work. He has difficulties with learning due to Aspergers. But, honestly he is doing wonderfully. He is no longer afraid to use a pencil:tongue_smilie: I'm going to get the pre-printed student pages. They both want it to be easy to use. They do
  16. I am planning SOTW 4 for us for next year. Ds9 will be in 4th grade (yes I know a little young for this volume but we will edit out more sensitive topics). Are most 4th graders ready for the outlines in the AG? If not, did you modify to make it doable for a younger SOTW 4 student and how? If you did not outline, did you continue with narrations but have them write their own?
  17. I know PHP had something in the works, but in the meantime anyone have suggestions? I'm talking about mainly coloring books, but I'm open to any suggestions.
  18. Hi! I am hoping someone can help me. I have been struggling with this for a while now. We are using SOTW and we love it. The way we do it, is I read the lesson aloud to my daughter (in this case, DD9) and then she does her summary. But, most of the time, she doesn't get it. She doesn't follow it very well. All the names of rulers, countries, wars, etc, seem to go right over her head. So, I end up having to explain and clarify everything before she can even do her summary. But, I always thought that the way SOTW is written--story format--makes it easier for the child to unde
  19. I've been doing my annual summer job of making out a reading list from the SOTW activity book (among other resources) and today I came across a recommendation of "Tintin in the Congo." :ohmy: I didn't even know you could get it in America--I only ever saw it in Denmark--but what in goodness' name is it doing on a book list?? Is it maybe supposed to be an object lesson or something? All the description says is that "Tintin and Snowy head to the Belgian Congo. (4-6)" It did have the 'preview' warning attached. I should say so...
  20. Every year I come here and ask and pretty much every year I end up with Story of the World. Although we did try TOG one year. So for year 4, did you like SOTW or did you find something you liked better? Or what are you using? Thanks.:001_smile:
  21. Has anyone done SOTW with multiple children, esp younger ones? After trying to teach history separately, I have learned we need to do it together. This year ds10 is starting the modern age, so by default, ds 6 is also. Ds 6 is very thoughtful and can follow along and comprehend the material on his level. (he just can't write for himself). After reading the beginning of the activity guide and SWB warning not to teach SOTW to kids younger than 4th, I have decided to proceed anyway. Has anyone done this? Do you have any recommendations? Things you would do differently? Thi
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