Introductory Note: I purchased all of these on my own. I did not receive a free copy to review. Hence, these are my honest opinions and assessments on the curriculum.
I have loved everything about this series by Susan Wise Bauer so far.
Affectionately known as SOTW, this series is perfect for the younger kids. The book is written in short sections at the child’s level with just enough simple drawings that my 4 year old will listen.
I also purchased the activity book which my kids LOVE! It’s their favorite part of history. They love doing the maps and the other suggested activities. We mainly do the worksheets and rarely do the projects just because we have a full day as it is and don’t have the time. I always look up the selected reading lists at my library to read to my kids which helps to shift through what’s good and what’s not out there especially when studying Egypt, Greece, and Rome of which there are volumes of information.
I have skipped around and added a few sections here and there but overall this hits the highlights of the ancient world that everyone should know. There will be time later for in-depth study the next go-around.
I also purchased The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia for use for 4 years of study as well as Usborne’s Encyclopedia of the Ancient World both of which I use extensively.
Conclusions: Along with library books this is a great spine for History. I’m looking forward to Volume 2: The Middle Ages next year!