Story of the World

Story of the World

How do I love Story of the World, let me count the ways!

OK, first let’s get out of the way the fact that it’s not Waldorf. Not even close unless the moon and the stars align just so and you happen to be reading the right chapter at just the right time, like we are for Katie Grace right now. We’re reading the Middle Ages and she’s doing the middle ages. Awesomesauce.

Story of the World

Story of the World: Ho, Hum.

I must say, Volume 3: Early Modern Times, isn’t really doing it for me. Don’t get me wrong. We do the reading, fill in our little maps, answer the review questions and do our narrations, but it’s just not terribly exciting.

I did crack up at Katie Grace’s narration today re: Peter the Great:
Peter the Great wanted to make Russia more Western, but not so Western that he was no longer czar.

We will be heading into Colonialism soon, and the the Revolutionary War, so I’m hoping things will get a little more exciting. Or at least interesting.

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Michael’s narration and illustration of the Susan Constant and how she carried Englishman to North America on King James’s command to find gold.

Michael’s definitions and illustrations of the three types of rock.

Katie Grace’s multiplication wheel for factors of 3.

And factors of 4.

And factors of 2. She’s really been enjoying these!

One was the only wheel with curves.

Michael’s diagram of the layers of the earth.

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Story of the World: The Lost Colony


Everybody loves a mystery, and my children are no exception. Today, when we were all finished with school except for reading a little Story of the World, I could tell they just wanted to be done. As I read about Roanoke and how all the inhabitants went missing, I could feel them leaning in and paying attention. Where did the colonists go? Why was the village stripped not only of its inhabitants, but also its dwellings? What did “Croatoan” mean?

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Something wicked this way comes…

Today we found the best Story of the World activity since mummifying a chicken– Eye-of-Newt Soup. We have been studying Shakespeare. Macbeth, to be exact. Michael made the connection between Shakespeare’s “weird women” and the Weird Sisters from Harry Potter. They also enjoyed seeing how many common phrases were originally coined by Shakespeare. But they were pleasantly surprised when they discovered that we were making Eye-of-Newt Soup for desert.

Imagine their surprise when they walked into the kitchen and found this:
Eye of newt? Severed fingers? Hey, are those chocolate frogs?!?! Yes. Yes they are.

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How does a nice Catholic girl teach the Reformation?

I really dislike Martin Luther.

It’s the whole package– I don’t like his looks. I don’t like that he married a nun. I don’t like that he broke the church.

Imagine my discomfort when I realized we had reached the Reformation in Story of the World.

I like this book for the most part. I’ve had a few uncomfortable moments when I felt like it was leaning towards the “Oh, these silly natives! *wink wink, nudge nudge*” style of writing, but for the most part, I’ve found it fairly well written.