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

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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6 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?

    1. 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

    1. 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

    1. 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.

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