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Review: The Story of the World Volume 1 & Test

 There couldn’t be an easier way to teach history than with Story of the World. The textbook doesn’t have very long chapters which I absolutely love because being dyslexic makes reading a challenge for me. If you prefer you can get the audio book. Now, I have never used it personally but other homeschoolers have said they use the audio book while driving with the kiddos. I have found that this history curriculum is a bit much at times. I honestly don’t remember learning most of the things in this book when I was in school. However, it is nice that it goes over a lot of things. It tells about people from different places and what they believed. There are some religious things but it is more along the lines of showing that people believe in dig things. 

Hands down my favorite part of this curriculum is the activity book. It starts off with the teacher portion. It has specific questions and answers for you to ask your child. This makes it easy for me to know what are the more important parts of the readings. It also gives you list of other books you can read to enhance the textbook. Now I did get the activity book spiral bound. I went to my local office supply store and had them bind the teacher portion and the student activity pages. 

Our daughter enjoys The Story of the World student pages. There are maps for each section and the student gets to color, draw and find different places that the textbook goes over. The teacher pages tell you exactly what the child needs to do in their pages. Then there are sometimes coloring pages, word searches, crossword puzzles, etc. 

One of the best parts about this curriculum is that on the teacher pages also has hands-on activity projects. Sometimes there are a lot of projects ideas so you can really bring the reading to life. When we starts new chapter I like to have things available when we need them so I prep ahead of time for the projects. We don’t do all of the projects but I pick some that I think our daughter would have fun with. 

If you’ve read some of my other post then you know that I do give test. Fortunately, Story of the World has a test booklet for each textbook. The test include matching, fill in the blank, multiple choice and true/false questions. Even if you don’t do any testing the test book may help when you review or to ask while doing the projects to see if your student is understanding the readings. If you need a good history curriculum for a different grade I’d checkout what Timberdoodle has to offer and the other levels of Story of the World. 


  1. Isn't it crazy how much SOTW covers? We just finished Book 2 this year, and wow. So much packed into a relatively small paperback.

  2. I need to look into this series for my 2nd grader!


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