This series chronicles our adventures in history. For first grade, our spine (main curriculum) was The Story of the World, Volume 1, by Susan Wise Bauer. For second grade, we used Volume 2. For third grade, we used Volume 3.
Please note that I teach to the oldest child, who is my son. I also involve my daughter, who is two years younger than the curriculum recommends, but only because she enjoys listening to the stories, coloring the maps and doing the crafts. She really does not have to do it, but she loves being with us and doing history.
We also used the Activity Book. We purchased the CDs and listened to them in the car here and there. I bought the Tests as well, but my children are too young to be tested in writing. I never used the Tests and Answer Key book. Please note that I am an Amazon affiliate.
For the second year, I did not purchase the Test Book or the CDs. Only the textbook and the activity book.
I also decided to stop ordering all the recommended books from the library. Now I choose one per chapter. I actually asked Susan Wise Bauer about it and that was her recommendation.
Most people who use this homeschool history curriculum call it, affectionately, of course, SOTW. 🙂
You may also want to check out my Pinterest Board on the subject.
These are our adventures in Volume 1. For Volume 2, click here. For Volume 3, click here.
Introduction – What Is History?
Chapter 1 – The First Nomads
Chapter 2 – Egyptians Lived on the Nile River
Chapter 3 – The First Writing
Chapter 4 – The Old Kingdom of Egypt
Chapter 5 – The First Sumerian Dictator
Chapter 6 – The Jewish People
Chapter 7 – Hammurabi and the Babylonians
Chapter 8 – The Assyrians
Chapter 9 – The First Cities of India
Chapter 10 – The Far East: Ancient China
Chapter 11 – Ancient Africa
Chapter 12 – The Middle Kingdom of Egypt
Chapter 13 – The New Kingdom of Egypt
Chapter 14 – The Israelites Leave Egypt
Chapter 15 – The Phoenicians
Chapter 16 – The Return of Assyria
Chapter 17 – Babylon Takes Over Again!
Chapter 18 – Life in Early Crete
Chapter 19 – The Early Greeks
Chapter 20 – Greece Gets Civilized Again
Chapter 21 – The Medes and the Persians
Chapter 22 – Sparta and Athens
Chapter 23 – The Greek Gods
Chapter 24 – The Wars of the Greeks
Chapter 25 – Alexander the Great
Chapter 26 – The People of the Americas
Chapter 27 – The Rise of Rome
Chapter 28 – The Roman Empire
Chapter 29 – Rome’s War with Carthage
Chapter 30 – The Aryans of India
Chapter 31 – The Mauryan Empire of India
Chapter 32 – China: Writing and the Qin
Chapter 33 – Confucius
Chapter 34 – The Rise of Julius Caesar
Chapter 35 – Caesar the Hero
Chapter 36 – The First Roman Prince
Chapter 37 – The Beginning of Christianity
Chapter 38 – The End of the Ancient Jewish Nation
Chapter 39 – Rome and the Christians
Chapter 40 – Rome Begins to Weaken
Chapter 41 – The Attacking Barbarians
Chapter 42 – The End of Rome