The Story of the World, Volume 1: Ancient Times

Curriculum Overview

The Story of the World is an award-winning resource for families looking for a history curriculum they can fall in love with. This four-volume set covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas — find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This read-aloud series is designed for parents and teachers to share with elementary school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the the world’s civilizations.

Ancient Times (5000 BC to 400 AD)
History is a story, isn’t it time you read it that way? This engaging guide presents world history in a narrative format. What terrible secret was buried in Shi Huangdi’s tomb? Did nomads like lizard stew? What happened to Anansi the Spider in the Village of the Plantains? And how did a six-year old become the last emperor of Rome?


Peace Hill Press

Our Review

I really love this program! Here is how I used each week:

  • Each child read along with the book while listening to the CD
  • Using the Activity Book/Curriculum Guide, I asked each child questions about what they just read
  • We used our Usborne Encyclopedia of World History book to further read on the topic (the curriculum guide tells you what pages to read, makes life super easy for Mom!)
  • During the week (usually Tuesdays and Thursdays) we completed at least two of the activities in the book
  • At the end of the week I gave my kids the chapter test and then we corrected/reviewed together

I felt the story format helped my kids better remember the history being taught. If you are looking for a world history curriculum, I highly recommend it! With that said, if you buy all of the components to this program, it can be pricey to start. If you are on a budget, start with the book and add the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History book to round out your studies. You can also create your own activities or search online for ideas.

Where to Buy

Available at and Christian Book

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