The Story of the World: Review

Volume 1: Ancient Times

“What terrible secret was buried in Shi Huangdi’s tomb? Did nomads like lizard stew? What happened to Anansi the Spider in the Village of the Plantains? And how did a six-year-old become the last Roman Emperor?

Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, THE STORY OF THE WORLD covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas–find out what has happened all around the world in the centuries before ours and in our own time. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children, or for older readers to enjoy alone. Introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world’s civilizations!”

About the Author

Susan Wise Bauer is the author of The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to Classical Education You Never Had (Norton, 2003) and co-author with her mother, Jessie Wise, of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (revised edition, Norton,2009), a book which has rapidly become an educational standard. Susan teaches literature and writing at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Visit her home page at

Well-Trained Mind Press sent us their Volume 1 (Ancient Times) The Story of the World history and activity book. This amazing book presents history to children in an interesting narrative story! I absolutely love it. I was not one to enjoy history as a child. In fact, I fell asleep during most of the class time. I honestly don’t know how I made it through school! I am getting the opportunity to learn all over again, but this time I get to have fun! I am all about enjoying life. Below I will give you an idea of how the story starts out.

The First Chapter

The Earliest people: The First Nomads & The First Nomads Become Farmers

Here, children are introduced to what the first known humans were like in written history. They will learn how they lived, what they ate, how they dressed and what they had to endure and learn to survive. The author helps you paint a picture in your mind using a story about a little nomad girl and her family. Instead of reading facts and boring information, we get to picture what it must have been like living so long ago.

After Each Chapter

After each chapter, I referred to the activity book for review questions and narration exercises. The book also provides encyclopedia cross-references, an additional reading list, activity projects, and corresponding literature suggestions. So, if you would like to add more learning to each chapter they make it easy for you to find what you need.

So far I just went over the questions for review and had the kids share the activities which included map work and coloring pages. With 5 kids there is not much time to prepare. I really love how easy it was to get started on this history book. My kids have really enjoyed the story so far. They remember almost every detail and are eager to learn more.

I have focused on one chapter a day so that their minds can absorb what they are learning. The activity book is simple to use. Everything is in order by chapter and student pages that you can tear out. You can even make copies if you have more children that are sharing the books. I plan on making copies later on.

The Story of the World also counts as Geography. Your children will learn about the different places the First Nomads had to travel and the maps make it simple to understand.

Coloring page from Ch 2: Egyptians lived by the Nile River

What my kids think of The Story of the World: Ancient Times

“I think it is amazing! I actually feel like I am learning. It is just SO interesting!” Annabelle

“It is interesting and the activities are fun! I love when Mama reads to us and we are learning together.” Cheyanne

Out of the mouths of babes! My girls are 7 and 9 (above) and these are their own words. It is good to get a review from the actual learners!

To purchase this set or any other volumes just click the link in the picture above. You can also follow The Well-Trained Mind Press on Facebook to stay updated on what’s new or if you have any questions just send them a message.

I very much enjoyed reviewing this and cannot wait to finish the rest of the book. If you want to know more and see what we are learning just follow me on Facebook at What’s Happening With Jessica.

So what do you think? Would your kids or even you enjoy this? Tell me your thoughts in the comment box below. I look forward to hearing from you!

***I received this product free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I did not accept compensation and all words are my own. Please refer to my disclosure in the tabs above.***


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