The Story of the World series is a set of history books written by Susan Wise Bauer. Children can use volume one as young as kindergarten or first grade. Volume four can be adapted for children as old as 8th grade making it a wonderful series to use, especially with a large family.
However trying to stay on top of the printing and planning to keep history moving each week can be difficult. Here are five ways to use the Story of the World series without adding excessive planning or stress to your week.
5 Tips for Using Story of the World
1. Print out all the coloring sheets you need during the summer or at the beginning of each quarter. There’s nothing worse than finally corralling your children on Monday morning after a hectic weekend and realizing you’re not prepared for history. So print out all the sheets, put them in a binder or file folder, and enjoy a relaxed Monday morning knowing you’re well-prepared!
2. Find out if your library allows you to suspend holds for vacations. This allows you to put all the books you need on hold for a quarter, and then have them go off suspend become active holds on specific dates. I no longer need to spend my Friday afternoons searching the library catalog.
3. Choose your activities in advance and make a list of supplies by week. Just add your supply list to the grocery list when you head to the store. No more wandering through activity books and science books hoping you haven’t forgotten anything!
4. Consolidate children as much as possible into the Story of the World Series. The youngest children can listen, color, and enjoy doing activities with the family. Older elementary children (3-5) can listen, color, and write a short summary of what they learned in addition to doing activities with the family.
Middle school children can listen and do activities with their siblings. In addition, they can create outlines of weekly topics and write short history reports from these outlines. Story of the World Activity Guide includes recommended pages to read in Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. This encyclopedia is excellent for slowly walking children from outlines to thesis papers!
5. Don’t forget to add extra reading from the activity guide’s recommended reading list. It’s a wonderful way to personalize each child’s education. If you have an avid reader, they can read every book possible. If you have struggling readers, chose one or two for a family read aloud or bedtime story.
Using Story of the World can be an excellent method of covering history with your children, keeping the family unified in its studies, and keeping you sane as you educate your children.
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