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The Story of the World Volume 2

Updated on February 18, 2011

Homeschool World History

History is an important subject to teach your children. I use mostly Bob Jones University Press books, including for history, but I also use The Story of the World. We initially added The Story of the World Vol. 1 as a way to keep my daughter from being too far ahead in history class, but it turns out, she likes these books better than she does the BJU books. So we continue to use these books alongside our more conventional American History books.

The Story of the World Volume 2 covers the Middle Ages, from the fall of the Roman Empire until the fall of the Spanish Armada. I recommend that people interested in the Story of the World start with Volume 1, and buy the hardback version of the books. They're only a few dollars more, and the hardback version will last longer.

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Who is the Story of the World for?

The Story of the World is best suited for elementary school students. I started my daughter with this series at age 6 with Volume 1. Older students can read this on their own. These books would be great for parents with kids that are close in age. Because the activities can be tailored to whatever age your child is, it works well with a variety of students.

This isn't a textbook. I think that you can buy tests for this book, but I'm not completely sure. This is a great book for sitting on the couch together and reading. I ask my daughter to tell me about a section after I'm finished with it; I also use the questions out of the review book. This book can be tailored to whatever your style is though.

The Story of the World Volume 2

I love this book. Not only does my daughter learn a lot, but I actually learn some things too. I took a medieval history class in college, so it's not like I don't know anything about medieval history. This book has given me ideas of subjects to write articles about too.

There are plenty of ways that you can use this book. You can read this book to younger students; older students can read this book on their own. I usually read this book on the couch with my daughter.

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance (Second Revised Edition)  (Vol. 2)  (Story of the World)
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance (Second Revised Edition) (Vol. 2) (Story of the World)

While this book is available in paperback, I bought the hardback version of this book, and do not regret it. This is a book that I will be using for years to come. I'll not only use it with my son when he gets old enough, but I will also probably use it for my own research.


Story of the World Activity Book

You may or may not want to get the activity book that goes along with The Story of the World Volume 2. For my daughter, the activity book makes the book. It has coloring pages, questions to ask your child about the chapters, additional activities, and reading suggestions.

While I read the book to her, she usually colors some of the pages from the activity book. If your child is not into coloring, then you might not get as much out of the book, but there are plenty of activities that you can try. There are even cooking activities. I don't have the time to try all of the activities, but I might try some of them this summer.

Part of this book is consumable (the coloring pages and map work), and part of this book is reusable. If you have more than one child, you can photocopy the pages. You can also buy refills of the consumable pages from Peace Hill Press. That is what I plan on doing when my son is old enough for these books.

Now that my daughter is getting better at reading (she loves to read), I like to check out some of the reading suggestions out of my library. So far, she has liked their reading suggestions.

Tariq bin Ziyad and the Rock of Gibraltar

One of the stories that I found interesting in the Story of the World Volume 2 (out of many) was the story of Tariq bin Ziyad and the Rock of Gibraltar. Tariq started his life out as a slave, but after his city was conquered by Moslems, Tariq converted to Islam and joined their army. He was a skilled warrior, and ended up leading the army.

The Visigoths, located where present-day Spain is, were divided over who should be their leader. In 710 AD, they invited bin Ziyad to come help. Well, "help" he did. He helped them so much, he conquered their land. Spain was under Islamic control, at least partially, until 1492.

This story interested me because it still has influence today. The rock Tariq stood on became known as Jabal Tariq, or "mountain of Tariq". It was later pronounced Gibraltar. Islam influenced what became Spain and has an affect on Spanish art and culture even to this day. Islam is also still trying to conquer.

This book has many other excellent stories.

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