I really wanted to get into world history with my little ones this year and decided to go with Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer. It was important to me that history be taught in an easy to understand way, but not dumbed down, and in chronological order, as well as with lots of hands-on activities. Story of the World provided all of this for us. The stories are short and clear so that any child who has been trained to sit still and listen for 10 to 20 minutes can make it through a lesson. I highly recommend buying the activity book that goes with the story book. It is chock filled with ideas to make history come to life through hands-on activities. The activity book is also filled with map work and coloring pages. My children enjoy coloring the pages while I read. We then review the geography with the map work and do an activity that goes with the story. The kids LOVE it, and I know that they are really grasping what they are learning. That makes for a very happy Mommy!
Here are some of our activities that we have done so far. The first photo is of a mummy, pyramid, and cuneiform tablet that we made. The second photo is a model of the Nile River.
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