This curriculum has been a wonderful introduction to world history and geography for my young elementary children. They enjoy the stories, although I have supplemented with the usborne encyclopedia of world history for visuals as well as other materials from our home and public library. The workbook pages are a great way to reinforce what the text talks about and there are so many project ideas. I can see how this would be overwhelming to some, but I have never felt obligated to do all of them or even any of them if we don't have time. I try to do one of the activities per chapter (week). I never feel guilty if we don't. I like having so many options I have 5 children and we repeat the curriculum again after the four books I will be glad to have material to make it new again. I am not currently using the test books, but plan to as my children get older.
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Reading is accessible to young children, activity book is full of great activities. Coloring/ map work goes great with the text. The projects have been enjoyable when we have time for them and give me a way to differentiate expectations fo rmy older child
not enough visual material in the text for young children.
Love Story of the World! I like that the stories in the book are short and you can follow up with books from your library which are suggested in the parent guide. I've been learning things I never knew before too!
Love, love Story of the World. But maybe that's just the History major coming out. But my boys love history time. And the map work is helping with geography lessons. Seriously, can't come up with any cons for this!
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Enjoyable presentation of subject, great map work and coloring pages in Activity Book. Haven't done many of the project.
Attempting to do many of the activities can be overwhelming.