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The Story of the World Vol. 1: Ancient Times, Revised Edition Text

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Bring ancient history to life as you learn about Egypt, Hammurabi and the Babylonians, the Greeks, China, Rome, and more! Whether used as a read aloud for elementary students or as independent reading for middle schoolers, The Story of the World Volume 1 Text is the spine for your ancient history studies.

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Bring ancient history to life as you learn about Egypt, Hammurabi and the Babylonians, the Greeks, China, Rome, and more! Whether used as a read aloud for elementary students or as independent reading for middle schoolers, The Story of the World Volume 1 Text is the spine for your ancient history studies.

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Explore the ancient world from the pyramids of Egypt to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and from the Spartans to Attila the Hun. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white drawings and maps, The Story of the World Volume 1 Text also includes a pronunciation guide and chronology. History doesn’t happen in a vacuum; it happens in real places, so we put lots and lots of maps in our history books.

Use this Text along with the Activity Book for a full year of history, literature, and geography study along with fun and engaging hands-on activities. Enjoy your studies now and lay the foundation for a life-long interest in, and understanding of, history.

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  1. 3 out of 3 people found this helpful

    5 out of 5 Much Homeschool Love for this book and the Activity Guide :)

    I never liked history in school, and as a result didn’t retain much of it and definitely never dived into it. …So the first thing I love about using this book and the activity guide in homeschooling my kiddos is how much I am learning that I never knew before.

    The second thing I love is that MY SONS LOVE HISTORY! I am astounded, but they ask every morning, “can we do History first today??” Yes. Yes we can.

    At first I was surprised and a little dismayed by how short the sections were, but since we’ve been using the book, I feel that they are perfect. They are well suited for any age from 4-10, and when you remember that the point of history for this age range is not exhaustive coverage of the topic, but instilling the love of the subject and a general familiarity with the general topics, places, and characters, then it is definitely effective.

    The third thing I love is the activity book (sold separately from this one). I am not one for “teacher/parent guides” in general, but I really like this one. Lots of map exercises, coloring pages, review questions, activities, and supplemental book suggestions.

    BTW, Even if you are not a homeschooler, this would be a great readaloud for kids interested in history – you could read 1 section per day – takes about 5 minutes ?

    We do history 2-3 times per week – it takes 30 min – 1 hr, and here’s what we do:

    -read 1 section aloud (5 min)
    -verbally do review questions from activity guide (3 min)
    -do a narration (kids tell me what they remember from the section and I write it down for them) (10 min – 2 kids)
    -maybe do a map or coloring page from the activity guide (10-20 min)
    -sometimes do a supplemental activity from the activity guide
    -maybe read library books relating to the topic (legends from that part of the world, encyclopedia entries, etc.)

  2. 5 out of 5 "Daddy, let's do HISTORY!" speaks for itself

    What I think is less important than what my little man said…
    “Daddy, let’s do HISTORY,” he said. A feeling of joy filled my heart to hear him genuinely captivated by the goings-on of the ancient world.
    I’m just starting to “dual” school him… He just started first grade here in Japan. But I feel it essential that he not only gets education from his mom’s side of the world (Japanese) but mine, too (American). We’re starting with history, gently, and we’ll ramp up to other subjects that the Japanese education system neglects or just plain does horridly.

    I anticipate many more purchases from The Well-Trained Mind folks…

  3. Question

    What is the difference between this revised edition and the previous one (copyright 2001, front cover has a Roman Soldier, children reading a book, and maybe a Greek goddess)?

    • Hi Rebecca! The revised edition has the following differences: all new illustrations, new maps, better typesetting for more easy reading, a pronunciation guide for ancient/foreign names, some corrections made to typos etc, a new cover, and a timeline with dates of all the major events.

  4. 5 out of 5 My Kids Love Listening to the Audio CD of this book

    My kids are really enjoying this book. We listen to the Audio CD in the car or during meal times. I like the book suggestions (we check them out from our library) and the narration questions).

  5. Question

    Hi are these books from a secular point of view of history? Thanks!

    • Yes. Various religious stories and beliefs are discussed (Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, etc) as they arise historically, but each is presented as, “This is what these people believe” or “This is what they say happened.”

  6. Question

    I have the same question as one already asked but their question did not get answered. Is this book meant to be used for both 1st and 5th grade? The Well Trained Mind suggested doing ancient history for 1st, 5th, and 9th grades, 2, 6 & 10 are medieval, 3, 7 & 11 are late renaissance and grade 4, 8 & 12 are modern times. I only see 2 sets of books “The Story of the World” and the “History of the World”.

    • “The Story of the World” is suitable for BOTH the lower-elementary cycle (lots of people choose to do it as a read-aloud book when the child is in first grade) and also the 5th grade range (at that age, the student should read the book herself). The series called “The History of the World” is unrelated. It’s written at an adult level, but can be used by advanced high-school history students.

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  7. 5 out of 5 One of our family favorites!

    My 2nd grader and my kindergartner love this book. It’s one of our favorite things to do together. Even my 3 year old was running around the house saying “If I were Hammurabi…” We love the activity book and we pick and choose what activities work for us. We are getting a new dog and this book has given us plenty of name ideas! 🙂

    We will stay with SOTW for a long time!

  8. Question

    I’m homeschooling a group of kids ranging from 2nd-6th grade. All have come from public school, so any of this material will be new for them. Where would you recommend beginning, or does it matter? Volume 3 is what I’m most interested in because this season in the US seems to be full of questions about our history.

    • You can start with any volume. We generally recommend starting with Level 1 or Level 2…both because they provide important background to all that comes after, and because the vocabulary and subject matter of these books increase in difficulty with each level. But it’s certainly possible to start with Volume 3. We recommend Volume 4 for 4th grade and up.

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  9. Question

    I used this with my kids 15 years ago. I’m wondering what is new in the revised edition? thanks!

    • We made a whole bunch of new (and, in our opinion, better) illustrations and maps; we made the typeface easier to read; we cleaned up some typos; and we added a timeline and pronunciation guide in the back of the book.

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  10. Question

    Hi,
    I am a homeschool mom of 3 ages 3 going on 4 in 2 months, 7 and 9. Starting with Level 1, should each have their own workbook? If I purchase the PDf file I can print several copies of the test sheets? I am trying to save money and time or a little bit of both

    • You will need one copy of the Activity Book, which includes two sections: teacher guidance and instructions in the front, one set of Student Pages in the back. Then, each child will need the Student Pages. You can print or copy the Student Pages you need for your own family only, or you can buy extra sets, whatever works best for you.

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  11. Question

    What year is this revision? I heard there’s an updated version is more pictures added.

    • Volume 1 was revised in 2006, Volume 2 in 2007, Volume 3 in 2020, and Volume 4 in 2021. There is no additional revision for Volume 1.

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  12. 5 out of 5 Wonderful series!

    I am a HUGE fan of the Story of the World series. It’s been so much fun delving into history with my kiddo. The books are engaging and accessible and the activity book really brings the whole thing to life. I’ve noticed I’ve become passionate about history and love researching and planning our lessons! So: educational and fun for the whole family 🙂

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