Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hours and Hours of Driving Made Easy

We've been in the car A LOT in the past two weeks. This weekend we drove to San Jose and back for a wedding (7 hours each way) and the previous weekend we drove home from Seattle (9 hours).

But it was great - especially because of THIS book:

We listened to all 7 cds of The Story of the World, Vol. 1 - and we'd listen again.

This is an amazing book, providing an amazing literary and historical base for 9-12 year-olds in terms of a classical education. This book focuses on "The Ancients," basically the beginning of civilization to the fall of the Roman Empire. Greek gods, Old Testament, Christianity, Pyramids and Pharoahs, ancient China, the Americas, and so on.

The idea is that if kids this age are introduced to these major stories and events in narrative form, when they're introduced later in actual text or reference, their minds will already have a grasp on them.

Dane and Aubrey now know the story of Remus and Romulus, of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (one of the world's seven wonders), how mouse hair was used for the finest calligraphy brushes in ancient China, how Greek and Roman gods correlate, and how the tribes of Israel formed.

I'm so excited about this introductory book for my kids. We'll definitely listen again (and perhaps again?) - and I'm already scheming about how to get my hands on the rest of them: Volume 2 The Middle Ages, Volume 3 Early Modern Times, and Volume 4 The Modern Age.

And finally:
The narrator sounds like Jon Lovitz.
Drawback or Bonus? You decide.


Jennie Englund said...

Anj, that is SUCH a great thing! You were telling me about this book, and it seems like you're loving it more and more and more.

Is there part two?

Are these your CDs? Because the next trip we go on....

Anonymous said...

Anj, What a great idea. Makes a long trip not seem so long and history fun to learn.
Wonderful that you ALL enjoyed it.
Love, Mom
PS A wedding of someone from dental school?

Anonymous said...

I'm 6th on a wait list @ our library for vol. 1 - am looking forward to listening and learning.
Great idea for in the car, long trips and kids & Mom & Dad absorbing important information.

Anonymous said...

P.S. It was very interesting reading some of the reviews on Amazon's site. Along with some accolades, several serious concerns were expressed regarding accuracy of facts and distinguishing between myth and historical fact. Sounds like kids could use some help getting necessary corrections and keeping fact separated from fiction.