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Grade 1 - The Ancient World


Enter into the exciting world of Ancient History – learn about mummies and pyramids in Egypt, Spartan warriors and the original Olympics in ancient Greece, gladiators and killer volcanoes in Ancient Rome, along with many pit stops along the way in India, China and Mesopotamia using Story of the World Vol 1 Ancient Times as your spine.

You and your child will enjoy snuggling on the couch with the many literature selections, like The Tale of Despereaux, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlotte’s Web. You will study the art of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and make your own creations as well. Your science focus this year is Nature study, using The Nature Connection as your spine. You and your child will learn to become keen observers of the world around you.

The lesson plans include a reading list, narration cards, vocabulary words, copywork passages, poetry memorization, map work, timeline figures, research projects, notebook pages, science and art projects. Also, The Ancient World comes with a copy of the e-book World Mythology for Children, written by my oldest daughter.

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Edwina M May 06, 2016 7:21 pm UTC
I'm sorry, but what does Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlotte's Web have to do with Ancient History??
Also, would we REALLY have to use this product with Story of the World?? This sounds like it might be something that would be suitable for use by our autistic son, minus the copywork unless I'm willing to do a bunch of arguing and cajoling. I'm guessing the research projects are hands-on projects? If not, do you include information for doing hands-on projects with this materials?
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Emily C May 06, 2016 8:27 pm UTC
Hi Edwina,

Build Your Library is a literature-based homeschool curriculum, so while the theme in Grade 1 is Ancient History, I include a lot of just really great, not-to-be-missed literature selections as well.

Story of the World serves as the history spine, along with the Usborne Internet-linked World History Encyclopedia. I suppose if you didn't want o use SotW you could just use the encyclopedia as your spine. There are mapping assignments, hands-on projects and some projects that are actual research and writing (obviously you'd be doing most of the writing at that age). And yes, there are instructions on how to do the hands-on projects.

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Edwina M May 06, 2016 9:01 pm UTC
It's not that we won't be using a curriculum, we're using From Adam to US, but our son is autistic and tends to need more hands-on activities than mostly reading and writing. Especially the writing! We do do quite a lot of reading for history. Right now, we're reading The Cat of Bubastes that I downloaded from for example.
I haven't even heard of the encyclopedia you mention. I guess I could look into it. We're using "Kingfisher Book of the Ancient World" a lot. Maybe your product wouldn't be a very good fit?? I just don't know.
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Emily C May 07, 2016 12:05 am UTC
If you are looking for something that is has a lot of hands-on projects, you might be disappointed. While I do include several, that isn't the focus of the curriculum. But if you are looking for something to guide your literature choices, or give you more to do with the books you are reading then it might be worth it for that. It's really all in what you are looking for in a curriculum program.
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This title was added to our catalog on October 23, 2012.