Are you looking for videos to supplement your Story of the World Volume 4 lessons? You could spend a lot of time searching YouTube for appropriate and engaging video clips for your kids OR you could check out this handy playlist of Story of the […]
Do you use Story of the World in your homeschool?
We are now in our third year of using Story of the World, and we LOVE it! It is so well written, engaging, and has been a great education for both my children and myself! Our history lessons have always included discussion and narration of the material, and my daughter now enjoys looking over her history notebook and reviewing all that she has learned.
For the first two years, I wrote her narrations down for her and then had her illustrate them. She used to be quite resistant to writing and looking back, I’m so glad now that I didn’t require her to write much.
Being her scribe allowed her to love history for history sake while still being able to keep a record of her learning so that she could look back on all she had learned. She truly loves history, and is so much more knowledgeable than I ever was (and maybe even am)!
But as she is increasing in skill and maturity, I have been gently urging her on to more independence in her work — and she has recently taken over writing her own narrations, without a word of complaint! She’s quite pleased with these narration pages I created for her and thinks they are a great improvement on the plain lined paper we were using previously.
Printable Story of the World Volume 3 Notebooking Pages
Today I’m excited to be sharing my printable notebooking pages for Story of the World Volume 3 with my readers! I hope they will be a blessing to you and that your children will enjoy using them.
Each Notebooking Page Features:
- the chapter title
- the section headline
- a co-ordinating illustration (painting/sketch/photograph)
- a lined area for your student (or you!) to write a short narration
- a blank box for him to draw his own illustration
Story of the World Volume 3: Early Modern Times Notebooking Pages are now available in my Subscriber Only Library — free as a thank you to my newsletter subscribers. Enter your email address into the box below to receive access!
Looking for More Story of the World Resources?
- Get the Story of the World Volume 4 Notebooking Pages.
- Find booklists, colouring pages, timelines, videos, and more in The Ultimate Guide to Using Story of the World in Your Homeschool.
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My girls just love paper dolls! Whenever we are starting a new chapter of our history studies, they always ask if there are paper dolls to go along with it. We’ve been using Story of the World these last two years, and they have really enjoyed colouring, cutting, and playing with the likes of Joan of Arc and Isabella & Ferdinand. I’ve also spent a good deal of time online searching for paper dolls to complement our studies as well as their general interests. These are some of the best that I’ve found:
Practical Pages has the best paper dolls for use with historical periods that I have found. There are ancients, medieval and modern paper dolls as well as those from different countries/cultures within these periods (China, Rome, Viking, Egyptian, etc)
The Ginghams are a lovely set of paper dolls with a little bit of Little House on the Prairie style charm. They are full colour, and I printed them on card stock to make them last longer. We made them about 2 years ago but we still use the remaining ones as bookmarks.
Melissa Jacie is our most recent find. She has 7 different designs of old fashioned dolls that are so very charming. There are little girls and ladies available, as well as coloured or black and white to colour in yourself.
Bible stories are also fun to act out with paper dolls – these Ruth, Naomi & Boaz paper dolls were quite popular at our house. Ruth’s clothing is changeable from pauper to Jewish wife!
Another fun way to make paper dolls is to design your own! Sometimes my girls even draw their own to suit whatever game they want to play, but these design your own plain paper dolls are perfect for decorating your own clothing patterns and facial expressions.
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Our relaxed, year round schedule of home education lends itself well to ensuring that there is much fun being had at our house! That’s one of the reasons I favour year round schooling – it allows us to have a lighter load and also to “drop everything” whenever there is something else we’d like to do! Some of the things we readily “drop everything” for are spending time with grandparents (who often visit for a week at a time), travelling to spend time with family, play dates with friends, “educational” field trips and taking family vacations at non traditional times.
There is also much enjoyment in our relaxed days while we are at home following our regular studies. Here are a few of the things we have been enjoying while we are learning:
Fun Fridays are something we began this winter and is proving to be so enjoyable that I think we will keep it as a permanent fixture. We have been playing math games while improving Little Sister’s number recognition and sense; and assisting Big Sister’s math fact retention and problem solving skills.
Hands On Learning
My children are both really enjoying the experiments, demonstrations and activities we are doing this year while studying astronomy. Science activities and experiments have always seemed like too much work to bother with to me – I was rarely able to get my act together to have all the required equipment and supplies, and we often ended up skipping it. So this year I cheated – I bought the lab kit to accompany our science spine. I’m sure all the individual items included could be purchased for a fraction of the price, but the money has really been worth it in terms of ease of use. I basically just open the box and pull out the baggies labeled for our particular lesson and we are ready to go. So far since Christmas we have built a model of our solar system, melted chocolate using the sun and a magnifying glass, made a solar eclipse, made a model of mercury, and made a lava demonstration. I also plan to have our experiments on Fridays, to add to the fun we are already having with Math.
Making History Come Alive
History is already Big Sister’s favourite subject, but there are so many ways we add fun to this! History is anything but dry when you take a living book and literature approach to it – no dry, memorization of facts and names required! Even in their play, my girls are constantly reenacting the people, stories, and events of the history we have covered. We have built pyramids with Lego, “mummified” numerous dolls, and the most popular of all activities was building our own volcano and erupting it (half a dozen times at least!) after studying Pompeii. My daughters also LOVE making their own paper dolls, and while only a few have been provided with our Story of the World Activity Guides, there are numerous available online.
Our history lessons this past week have included making Viking paper dolls, putting together a model Viking ship, and making Viking masks, battle axes and shields. I think we have a Viking funeral planned for next week!
Field Trips and Group Activities
We meet with a small group of homeschoolers in our circle of friends once a month for a group field trip. Apple orchard, corn maize, skating, art studio, pottery and gymnastics have been planned since beginning with this group. We also meet two Fridays a month for gym time or art & music. The local homeschooling group also organizes a huge group for swimming lessons once a year. There are likely many options for social activities and group learning in your community for homeschoolers, and if you can’t find any, plan one yourself and invite other homeschoolers!
My girls enjoy having afternoon tea parties at least once a week. There is no particular educational goal here, but we do it because it’s fun and we can!
In good weather and throughout the summer, we enjoy taking our books outdoors. We pack a lunch, books, nature journals, and sun hats and head out either on foot or by bike to a park for reading and playing!
How have you been having fun while homeschooling? Please share with us what you have been up to!
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I’ve seen a lot online about February Blahs and Homeschooling Burnout, but I have to say, that February was a great month for us! Like most of us, I did grow tired of the snow, cold and short days; but the homeschooling itself has been the smoothest it has ever been! Now this may be in part due to the fact that we are not currently selling a home, buying a home, planning to move, unpacking a move, pregnant or caring for a new baby. Which does, in fact, describe much of our previous homeschooling journey up until this point!
While we are enjoying the continuation of some of our previous selections (Story of the World!), we have also begun some new things that are working out really well.
New for us this winter is studying science with Apologia’s Young Explorer Series, and All About Spelling. I’ve already posted about how wonderfully AAS is working for us. Astronomy is going well also, and I am so glad I decided to opt for a less writing intensive approach for Big Sister and more hands on work than last year. Our previous science selection involved notebooking which she found very tiring and produced quite a bit of resistance. We also did very few of the suggested experiments. Since then we have been doing lapbooks which seem to be more enjoyable for her at this stage of her development, and I have purchased a prepared science kit that covers all the experiments in our astronomy book. No excuses! Absolutely everything is included except for a few perishable items that can’t be shipped in a box (like whipping cream). Last week we made our own eclipse and it even included the flashlight (and the battery) that was required.
Fun Fridays! are still going strong and Big Sister just revealed to me today that Friday is now in competition with Sunday for her favorite day of the week. We have been playing Math Bingo, dice games, and more instead of our formal math curriculum. We’ve also made popsicle stick birdhouses, crafts, art and co-ordinated our science experiments to fall on Fridays. We wrap Fridays up with pizza and movie.
A very welcome improvement in our daily schedule has been the introduction of a formal read aloud time after lunch. While I am a firm believer in the importance of books, reading, and reading aloud, this one had really slipped since the arrival of Baby Sister. From very early on Baby Sister was a book grabber and a poor napper, so reading aloud got the short end of the stick and was relegated to an only at bedtime activity. But for the last few weeks we have had success with curling up on the couch with a few good books for 15-30 minutes after lunchtime clean-up. Baby Sister crawls around on the floor contentedly and we snuggle and read. It seems like a great calm, quiet, segue-way to our daily afternoon Quiet Time. The podcasts from The Read Aloud Revival have been a great encouragement to me, and really got me re-committed to this practice.
Another thing that has been working really well for us is a simple organizational tool – a spiral notebook. When I first heard of this method, I was very skeptical that it would contribute anything worthwhile to our days. The basis of the system is to set up a daily checklist for each child in a simple spiral notebook. The child completes the items on the list and checks them off. Very simple. I didn’t think it would work for us because almost everything we do is teacher dependent. We don’t do a lot of workbook or busywork type activities in our day. BUT I have found that my daughter really enjoys seeing the day’s activities (even housework!) laid out for her. For the first two weeks, she was really into checking each activity off the list but the novelty seems to have worn off. It does however provide her with the ability to be independent about some things such as her math corrections and beginning the required reading for science. It is also helping me to be organized the night before and to make sure I’m ready for each day’s activities. I am also writing short, fun notes to my daughter and she is illustrating her day with stick figures of her doing each subject. Additionally, I’ve added three independent activities to the checklist that I can’t believe I didn’t require sooner: 15 minutes each for independent reading (from our book basket), reading to Little Sister (her own selection), and piano practice. The payoff here is that Little Sister is getting even more read aloud time, Big Sister is getting through all the awesome supplementary reading suggestions from SOTW’s corresponding history and literature selections and daily piano practice is actually happening. Don’t you just love it when something so simple works so well?
We’ve also added a time for “art class” to our weekly activities. So far we have done a crayon etching and pencil water colours thanks to some Youtube inspiration. A few years ago I purchased Drawing with Young Children and I’m planning on starting the lessons from that next week.
Do you know what else is working really well for this mama lately too? The positive numbers on the thermometer, the longer days and the beautiful sunshine! I’m sure we will be adding nature study, and lots of outside play very soon!
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We’ve just begun the second volume of Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World. My original plan was to complete one volume each year. We would begin in first grade and make our way through history from the ancients all the way to our current times in a four year cycle as out lined in The Well Trained Mind (I love that book!). SOTW however, is 42 chapters long, and with a move, a pregnancy and a new baby all during the “school year” we didn’t complete it until just before Christmas. And we school year round. So while we will be studying history in chronological order, I doubt we will cover it in 4 years. At this rate, it will be more like 6 years! History is the most favoured subject around here though, so we don’t want to miss a thing.
Story of the World is really a great curriculum – it can be as simple or in depth as you want it to be depending on the age, maturity or interest of your students. For a very simple, story based approach, the text could be read chapter by chapter. We typically read one chapter a week and complete the review questions section by section. Then my daughter narrates each section to me as I write it down, and then she illustrates it. The activity book also presents so many options to take your learning to deeper levels. To continue with a simply book/literature based approach, the activity guide provides extensive book lists for further historical or literature reading. To incorporate geography, use the maps and mapwork provided. There are also numerous colouring pages to give little hands something to do while you read the chapters or the supplemental reading listed. For fun, and to help the children “experience” history, there are also numerous activity suggestions some of which require special supplies (such as building clay tablets, making your own papyrus or mummifying a chicken) or everyday things you already have (building a pyramid out of legos). There are even recipes and costume suggestions so your family can experience an African/Indian/Monk’s feast. I must confess I haven’t done any of the more exciting suggestions due to my own laziness.
This year I purchased the recommended colouring book A Coloring Book of the Middle Ages which I think will be well received by my girls. I also bought The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History (internet linked) which I wish I had last year when we were doing the ancients. We’ve already used some of the links and my oldest has really enjoyed the online history crossword puzzles listed there.
A final addition to our SOTW history studies this year is the lapbook I found online. Lapbooks for all four volumes are available from the blog Carrot Top x 3 It doesn’t require very much work on the part of my second grader, but it will give her something to cut, colour and glue while I’m doing read alouds.
We are really looking forward to learning all about the middle ages this year using the above mentioned resources, and I’ll be sure to post updates and pictures of our learning as we go along!