Story of the World Resources

For those of you who are homeschoolers, and who use Story of the World for your history curriculum, I have found several resources that I wanted to pass along. We LOVE this curriculum and have been very happy with it for the two years we have used it. However, we occasionally need some extra resources to supplement the reading material, just for a change of pace. Schlessinger Media has a DVD series called Explorers of the World that we have used and found to be a great compliment. We have watched The Vikings and Marco Polo this year, which goes along with SOTW Volume 2. The DVD cover says that they are for grades 5-8, but my second grader has watched them and loved them. They didn’t seem to be over her head at all, especially after having read the SOTW text beforehand.

all of these resources gave us a different spin on our history text. They brought it to life for my student. And best of all, we got all of these resources FREE at our local library. Hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

Last year when we were in SOTW Volume 1, we used a set of DVDs, also by Schlessinger Media, called Ancient Civilizations for Children. They have Ancient Greece, Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Rome, Ancient Africa, Ancient China, Ancient Egypt, and several others. The only thing I would warn about on these is that my little one was a little frightened by the segment on mummies in the Ancient Egypt DVD. Other than that, we found these to be an excellent resource as well.

For additional reading material (with fantastic pictures and easy-to-understand diagrams) the Usborne Beginners series is excellent. Their titles that correspond with SOTW include Castles, Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Celts, Knights, Romans, and Vikings. Kingfisher has an equally good series in their history section. Their books are the Best Book of Mummies, Best Book of Ancient Rome, Best Book of Ancient Greece, and Best Book of Knights and Castles. Scholastic has a series that has been a lot of fun. Titles include You Wouldn’t Want To Work on the Great Wall of China!, You Wouldn’t Want to be a Crusader, You Wouldn’t Want to be in a Medieval Dungeon, You Wouldn’t Want to be in the Forbidden City, You Wouldn’t Want to be a Greek Athlete, and You Wouldn’t Want to be a Roman Soldier!

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