Story of the World-Ancients

Join us on our adventures in ancient history! We used The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Editionby Susan Wise Bauer, as our spine.  Our activities also go well with other classical history studies.

We used many other supplemental books, videos, and activities, as well as the accompanying Story of the World Activity Book .


Chapter 2:  Egyptians Lived on the Nile River
Going Down The Nile River
How to Make Egyptian Reed Boats
Make a Mini-Nile River in Your Yard

Lego Pyramid

Chapter 4:  The Old Kingdom of Egypt
How to Mummify a Rubber Chicken
Lego Pyramid, Sugar Cube Pyramids and more

Chapter 5:  The First Sumerian Dictator
Make the Euphrates River on butcher paper and act out the story of Sargon

Chapter 7:  Hammurabi and the Babylonians
Make Your Own Family Law Stele, like the Code of Hammurabi

Code of Hammurabi

Chapter 8:  The Assyrians
Acting out the story of Gilgamesh

Chapter 9: The First Cities of India
Make the lost city of Mohenjo-Daro with clay bricks

Chapter 10:  The Far East:  Ancient China
Pictograms, make your own clay Terracotta Warrior, and History Pockets

Building a clay Mohenjo Daro

Chapter 11:  Ancient Africa
Make your own Anansi the Spider
African Hand Painting Activity and supplemental readings

Chapter 12:  The Middle Kingdom of Egypt
Make miniature bows and arrows, Make Nubian gold jewelry, and more

Chapter 13:  The New Kingdom of Egypt
King Tut masks and some wonderful go-along books

Chapter 15:  The Phoenicians
Phoenician Boat Craft and Trading Game
Making Purple Dye and Dyeing Yarn and Pasta to Make a Necklace

dying with berries like the ancient Phoenicians

Chapter 16:  The Return of Assyria
Build a Lego Siege Tower and battle scene

Chapter 18: Life in Early Crete
Make an easy volcano to show how Thera’s volcano impacted ancient Crete

Chapters 18-25:  Ancient Greece
Resources for Learning about Ancient Greece
Ancient Greek Activities
Make Alexander the Great’s Horse

Chapters 27-29:  Ancient Rome, part I (The Rise of the Roman Empire)
Make a Toga and a Laurel Wreath Crown, plus go-along books

Chapters 34-36:  Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar
Roman Numerals clay craft and go-along book
Make a Catapult

A note about skipping chapters.  I don’t post on every chapter because we don’t always do something really interesting, but we do read each chapter aloud and/or listen to the audio version, read by Jim Weiss and do some map work.

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