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How to Keep Your Children Entertained for Six Weeks Using The Story of the World

Melissa Moore
Melissa Moore

Not sure how to entertain your children for weeks on end without plopping them in front of Disney+ for eight hours straight while you attempt, for the third time this week, to. just. take. a. S H O W E R?

We’re here to help.

The Story of the World , our perennially best-selling elementary-level* history text, is filled with amazing stories from, well, around the world. And we’ve put together a list of the best-of-the-best chapters for you to read along with your children (or have them read, or have Jim Weiss read to them while you finally take that shower). Then, we’ve listed the top activities that correspond with these chapters so your children can continue learning without even knowing they’re learning because they’re too busy delighting in making Turkish delight, conquering Europe, and mummifying chickens. Our Activity Books also include map exercises, games, reading lists, and (in most cases) coloring pages.

If you don’t already have our Story of the World texts and Activity Books, they’re available on our store (you can even buy them as PDFs!). We’ve also listed the ISBNs for the paperback versions of each title in case you want to shop elsewhere.
*Do you have middle-schoolers at home? No worries! They’ll still enjoy reading The Story of the World ; the reading level increases across the four volumes. And the joys of mummifying a chicken are ageless.

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8 thoughts on “How to Keep Your Children Entertained for Six Weeks Using The Story of the World”

  1. Hi, I hope you all are keeping well
    I wanted to know at what age do you recommend to start reading this set of books. I have a 6 year old son and 5 year old daughter and have the collection at home but was just wandering when the right time was to start?

    • We are well, thank you! Each volume increases slightly in complexity and vocabulary level. So Volume 1 is a good “read-aloud” book for children that age. Volume 2 is a good read aloud for 6/7/8-year-olds. So we’d recommend starting with Volume 1 this year.

  2. My daughter is 8 and should be entering the 3rd grade for the 2020/21 school year – we have chosen to homeschool
    Her love for learning has been reignited since she is not at school – I know school was doing nothing in terms of the history curriculum you talk about in your book. Should I be starting with vol.1 /2/or 3? She is currently reading little women and has a more advanced vocabulary- but I see your point of starting at the beginning of the time line – where should I start? And can I order through you? I would prefer not to support amazon if I dont have to..ugh!! Thank you

    • You can certainly order the Story of the World books from us! They’re all at For this situation, we’d suggest starting with Volume 2, since the vocabulary/content is slightly more advanced in that volume than in Volume 1, and it sounds like she’s ready for it. We are so glad that her love for learning has been reignited!

  3. Hello! I have recently purchased the story of the Workd for my 6th grade daughter. She loves it, but I am wondering if I purchased the wrong volume for her age. Which one did you recommend for 6th grade?

    Thank you,
    Katie Palmer

    • When giving the books to students to read themselves (as opposed to having them read aloud), we generally start 4th or 5th graders with volume 1 and move on from there. But if she’s enjoying the books, there’s no rush to move on to the next volume.

  4. Hello and thank you for answering our questions here. I have pulled my kiddos from public school and have a K, 2nd, and 6th grader. Should I start at Vol. 1 with all three, as a read aloud, and simply have my middle schooler do more complex activities in the activity book? The other idea I had was to start my kiddos on Vol. 1 next year and I’ll read aloud to my then 1st and 3rd grader, and I’ll have my daughter (6th grader) start now on Vol. 1 reading this independently. Do you have a recommendation on how to manage multiple spread apart ages? And at this rate, if we start my daughter on vol. 1 now and take 4 years to complete the series (1 vol. per year), so she’ll be in 9th grade upon completing them, will it not be challenging enough for her by then? Thanks so much for your help! I’m so overwhelmed!

    • Don’t be overwhelmed! There’s so much information when you start homeschooling, but everything gets easier as you actually dive in and find your rhythm.

      The Activity Book has multi-level teaching tips so that every volume is extendable to middle school, but I would plan on something different for high school (we do have the History of the World series for high school; it currently goes through the Renaissance).

      Because the age spread is so wide, I don’t think you would save much time or effort by having all three of them in the same volume; the activities and additional reading will be so different. Combine the younger two for sure, then figure out a plan for the 6th-grader. If you would like her to have a complete four-year rotation before high school, I think that’s very doable. Remember that a middle schooler will be able to read a chapter, do the mapwork, and answer review questions quite quickly. If outlining is a new skill, that may take longer at first, but you’re still looking at just a couple of days for the basics. Activities and additional reading will be the biggest chunk of time.

      You can either divide the typical number of school weeks by the number of chapters and allocate the same amount of time to each chapter, or choose certain chapters to do the basics and certain chapters to cover in more depth. Choosing chapters lets you give more time to topics of greater interest, and also makes the additional reading a bit easier to fit in, but either way can work. It’s really a matter of preference (and I’d let a 6th-grader have some input on this).

      If you have additional questions or need clarification, please feel free to email us at


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