Story of the World vol. 2 and History Through the Ages

I have already shared that we love  Story of the World history books and History Through the Ages timelines by Homeschool in the Woods. (See post about Story of the World, vol. 1) I am working my way through compiling lists of what timeline pieces correspond with which chapters from Story of the World.

Here is the list for volume 2. If you have suggestions to update, please let me know.

Note: The ones that are in italics are not in the History Through the Ages set. I have managed to find some of these online, and had to skip some. MOH 3 Additional Figures Set is an add-on set that goes with Mystery of History, volume 3 that can be purchased for $2.95 and downloaded from Homeschool in the Woods. (Scroll to almost the bottom of the page, if you follow my link.) World Geography Timeline Figures are timeline figures by Amy Pak that are sold by Heart of Dakota.

HTTA Timeline Figures for SOTW Vol. 2


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Chapter 1

  • Fall of Roman Empire
  • Diocletian
  • Middle Ages

Chapter 2

  • Epic of Beowulf

Chapter 3

  • Dark Ages
  • Augustine

Chapter 4

  • Justinian I
  • Theodora
  • Byzantine Empire
  • East-West Schism
  • Nicholas

Chapter 5

  • Golden Age of India
  • Ajanta Caves
  • Skandagupta
  • Chandragupta I

Chapter 6

  • Mohammed
  • The Hegira

Chapter 7

  • Abu Bakr

Chapter 8

  • Sui Dynasty
  • T’ang Dynasty
  • Grand Canal

Chapter 9

  • Yamato Dynasty

Chapter 10

  • The Maori
  • Aboriginal Australians

Chapter 11

  • Clovis

Chapter 12

  • Arab-Muslim Sweep

Chapter 13

  • Charles Martel
  • Charlemagne
  • Pope Leo III (not named, but is the pope mentioned in the chapter)

Chapter 14

  • Viking Invasions
  • Erik the Red
  • Leif Erikson

Chapter 15

  • Alfred the Great
  • Sweyn Forkbeard
  • Battle of Hastings
  • Edward I (Edward the Confessor)
  • Harold I
  • William I

Chapter 16

  • Feudal System
  • King Arthur
  • Medieval Castles
  • Old English

Chapter 17

  • Samurai Warriors
  • Knights

Chapter 18

  • The Crusades
  • Saladin
  • El Cid
  • Peter the Hermit
  • Urban II (not mentioned by name, but was a Pope that ordered crusades)
  • Pope Innocent III (not mentioned by name, but was a Pope that ordered crusades)

Chapter 19

  • Richard I
  • Optional: Eleanor of Aquitaine (Queen Mother of Richard, not mentioned)
  • Robin Hood
  • Magna Carta
  • King John (Lackland)

Chapter 20

  • Destruction of Jerusalem
  • Optional: Masada (not mentioned)
  • Optional: Bar Kokhba (not mentioned)
  • Jews of the Renaissance & Reformation (MOH 3 Additional Figures Set)
  • Yohanan ben Zakkai
  • Diaspora

Chapter 21

  • Genghis Khan
  • Kublai Khan
  • Song Dynasty (not mentioned, but overthrown by Kublai Khan)
  • Mongol Invasions

Chapter 22

  • Marco Polo
  • Silk Road
  • Ming Dynasty
  • Great Wall
  • Forbidden City

Chapter 23

  • Vladimir of Kiev
  • Ivan the Terrible
  • Ivan the Great (MOH 3 Additional Figures Set)
  • Rurik

Chapter 24

  • Fall of Constantinople
  • Suleiman I (MOH 3 Additional Figures Set)
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Mehmed the Conqueror

Chapter 25

  • Black Death

Chapter 26

  • Hundred Years War
  • Joan of Arc
  • Henry V of England
  • Charles VI of France
  • Battle of Agincourt (1415)
  • Henry VII of England
  • Dauphin/Charles V of France

Chapter 27

  • Wars of the Roses
  • Richard III
  • Henry VI
  • Princes in the Tower

Chapter 28

  • Ferdinand V and Isabella I
  • Henry the Navigator

Chapter 29

  • Empires of West Africa (MOH 3 Additional Figures Set)
  • Mansa Musa
  • Leo Africanus 

Chapter 30

  • Babar
  • Akbar
  • Moghul Empire

Chapter 31

  • Christopher Columbus
  • Amerigo Vespucci
  • Ferdinand Magellan

Chapter 32

  • Maya Civilization
  • Tenochtitlan
  • Inca Civilization
  • Aztec Empire

Chapter 33

  • Montezuma II
  • Hernando Cortez

Chapter 34

  • Martin Luther
  • 95 Theses
  • Henry VII
  • Henry VII’s wives

Chapter 35

  • European Renaissance
  • Artists of Northern Renaissance (MOH 3 Additional Figures Set)
  • Gutenberg

Chapter 36

  • Council of Trent
  • Reformation and Counter Reformation
  • Philip Melanchthon

Chapter 37

  • Nicolaus Copernicus
  • Galileo Galilei

Chapter 38

  • Mary I (Tudor)
  • Elizabeth I

Chapter 39

  • William Shakespeare
  • Macbeth

Chapter 40

  • Walter Raleigh
  • Virginia Dare
  • Roanoke/The Lost Colony
  • John White

Chapter 41

  • John Cabot
  • Jacques Cartier

Chapter 42

  • Francisco Vasquez de Coronado,
  • Philip II
  • Sir Francis Drake
  • Spanish Armada
  • Lord Charles Howard

I am not receiving any remuneration from either Story of the World or Homeschool in the Woods for this post or any of the links in it.

Albert Einstein

Learning about Albert Einstein is one of the assignments in the Noeo Physics 1 curriculum. The book that comes with the curriculum is Did it Take Creativity to Find Relativity, Albert Einstein? Unfortunately, we found the book to be too dry, so decided to find a different one. Since we wanted to start reading right that minute, we went for a kindle book. We chose the book Who Was Albert Einstein? This book had 106 reviews with the average being 5 stars, so I figured it was a safe bet. Indeed it was. For a short fun read on Albert Einstein, this book was a great pick. Perhaps it was a bit more history and less science than the previous book, but I really don’t think that my third grader needs to understand relativity or E=mc2 too thoroughly, and he definitely enjoyed the history. He was most intrigued that Einstein’s theory of mass to energy conversion played a pivotal roll in the atomic bomb creation, and that Einstein petitioned Roosevelt to develop the atomic bomb, but was an avowed pacifist.

Ace did a notebook page (front and back) on Einstein.

Everything was narrated by Ace and I wrote it out for him. The top picture is just his overall report on what we read. The inside of the compass mini book is about how a compass that was gifted to Albert when he was young sparked his love of science. The orange mini book is about the atomic bomb. The cover is a drawing of a mushroom cloud by Ace.

Sources for the notebook page:

Albert Einstein page from Hold That Thought Notebook Pages (out of print)
Compass and Lightbulb mini books from Confessions of a Homeschooler
Atom Bomb mini book by Ace

George Washington Carver


Ace has fallen in love with audiobooks. Can’t blame him, I rather love them myself. It allows for him to “read” books that are considerably beyond his reading level, without my having to sit down. Of course, I still take time to sit and read, but the boy has been listening to audiobooks for hours a day, and I can’t read to him for several hours a day, unfortunately.

Last week he listened to the book Man’s Slave Becomes God’s Scientist: George Washington Carver. He loved it! George Washington Carver is just every boy’s best friend. After all, he escaped kidnapping; he got beat up and lived to tell about it; he was smarter than his teachers; and he loved dirt and bugs and all those boy kinds of things. That all aside, he makes for a worthy hero, so I love for my boys to admire worthy heroes. And he loved school, which is not a bad thing to encourage boys to love. (I said “boys” because actually others of us enjoyed the book, because we couldn’t escape it as it was being played over speakers loud enough for all of us to not be able to ignore, but fortunately we were all hooked.)

This was a total rabbit trail, and has nothing to do with any of our curriculum, but while we were on a role, we also checked out a book about George Washington Carver for younger kids: A Weed Is a Flower : The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki and read that. That is a super well illustrated little book that I had read to my older kids once upon a time, and just had to read it again.

Rabbit trail or no, Ace did a notebook page about George Washington Carver and if you ask him to tell you stories, you’d better sit down because it’s going to take awhile. Here are a few of pictures.

George Washington Carver Notebook Page  George Washington Carver

US Famous People: George Washington Carver  US Famous People: George Washington Carver  George Washington Carver

Caption for bottom pictures: Left and center bottom pictures are the inside of top mini book in top right photo. Right bottom picture is the inside of the “An Amazing Scientist” mini book.

List of resources:
Hold That Thought World & US History Notebook Pages (Out of Print) (George Washington Carver Notebook Page)
U.S. History Little Books: Famous People — George Washington Carver (Free) (George Washington Carver 1864-1943 Mini Book)
Literacy-Building Booklets: Famous Americans (An Amazing Scientist Mini Book)
Man’s Slave Becomes God’s Scientist: George Washington Carver (Audio Book) (Sad to see that the price has gone up.)
A Weed Is a Flower : The Life of George Washington Carver (Well illustrated children’s book about Carver.)



Geography Notebook

Sometime ago, we started making a Geography Notebook. We started out by learning a few of the basic geography terms and locations–such as, North, South, Tropic of Cancer, hemisphere, etc. The main book we used was one that we checked out from the library called, Geography From A to Z: A Picture Glossary. This is a fun and easy book to learn basic geography terms from, partly because the illustrations are so nice. We also checked out and read the book, Maps and Globes by Jack Knowlton. This also has nice illustrations and simple text to help us understand how to read maps and globes. We enjoyed this book too, but the first one was more of a favorite.

All three of my older children joined in this endeavor, even the preschooler. Here are some pictures of the covers. Each one has at least one picture of Earth and then they each have a compass rose fold-up book. I can’t remember the name of this fold for my lapbook buddies, sorry. We just folded each of the four corners into the middle.

Front Page of Geography Notebooks

When you open up the compass books there is a map inside. Here is a picture of JD Boy’s hand-draw map of our culdesac.

Map of Culdesac

We also have some pages on Latitude and Longitude. All of the Latitude pages are available at my Homeschool Launch profile. Here is the link to these Latitude Notebook Pages.


I made this layered book of the important latitude divisions with G’tums, my preschooler. Each division is it’s own layer. This one is also available at Homeschool Launch. Here is the link.

Layered Latitude Book

Zippy designed her own Longitude/Prime Meridian page. But I designed JD Boy’s and it also can be downloaded from my Homeschool Launch profile. Here is the link to that file.

Prime Meridian/Longitude Pages

We also worked through this glossary of geography terms. This page is from the Homeschool in the Woods World Maps CD.

Geography Vocabulary

Now that we have all these terms learned, we are working on learning about places. We are having even more fun with this part. We have been reading some interesting stories and biographies about different countries, but I will save that for another post…or several.

Three Seattle Museums

This is an old post, that I never got finished, until now.

You know I’m a homeschool mom, because I turn everything into a school project. I wonder sometimes if my kids get weary of my turning everything into learning opportunities, but they’re stuck with me and my ways. (Sorry guys!)
We’ve had company off and on over the last few months and we wanted to do some fun things with them, so we headed out to some local museums. The first adventure was to visit the Future of Flight museum. I didn’t get to go, because they don’t allow preschool aged children, (not that I’m a preschooler, but I have one…) so I stayed home and cooked up a big meal for everybody. Which, I thorougly enjoyed, and so did they, by the way. My older two kids along with their cousins, uncles, grandparents and dad went there though for a tour. They came back all talking at once. They had seen a 787. They had seen the largest building in the world by volume. They had seen the assembly line for the 747. They had all kinds of things to tell me. Unfortunately, they were not allowed to take pictures, but they did their best to describe everything they had seen. Then I did my homeschool mom act and made an assignment to each of my kids to write a report on their trip. They enjoyed the project enough, that they not only decided to write, but to design a page for their report. I gave them some help. They spent quite a bit of time searching online for pictures for their reports.

Future of Flight Notebook Page Notebook Page Future of Flight

The next trip we went on was to the Museum of Flight. Sound like we have a theme going? It’s not because we have been studying about airplanes or anything it’s just that these are what struck our fancy, but being that I’m a homeschool mom, I’m wondering if it’s time to do a lapbook on airplanes or the Wright Brothers or something! I don’t know though. Sometimes, I realize that I can’t make a full blown unit out of everything we do. There’s just not enough time. However, since my previous writing assignment turned out so well, I definitely have a theme going on that, and assigned another writing assignment. We were allowed to take pictures on this trip, and being that JD Boy has a new camera, he had his along, so he took lots of pictures and was able to use that for his page.

Museum of Flight Notebook Page NB Page Museum of Flight

The notebook pages.

Museum of Flight Mosaic

Some fun pictures of the day. 1. Moon Rover replica, 2. Blue Angels, 3. WWII plane, 4. Future Astronaught

Our third museum visit was to the Pacific Science Center. We actually have made several trips to the Science Center and I have to confess that I haven’t required writing assignments every single time. I should have, because there is so much to see there, that each time, they could write about something different. But you know, even homeschool moms, slack up once in awhile. This time even my preschooler decided that he wanted to make a report. Our pass still hasn’t expired, so I’m hoping to still get in one more set of reports out of them on the Science Center in the next few weeks. They each chose their own pictures again. JD Boy took all of his pictures. The other two, hunted down pictures on Flickr that were Creative Commons license.

Pacific Science Center Notebook Page Pacific Science Center Notebook Page NB Page Pacific Science Center

The notebook pages.

Pacific Science Center Butterfly House Mosaic

Some shots from the Butterfly House at the science center. Links to the full size pictures. 1. Butterfly, 2. Butterfly, 3. Butterfly, 4. Butterfly

Space Needle from the Pacific Science Center

A very important shot–one of the Space Needle from the Pacific Science Center. All photos from both museums were taken by my 8 yo son, JD Boy.

So there you have it — three museums and three reports and I was able to count three days, that would have otherwise been discounted, as school days! After all, I have written reports to prove it now.

If you are visiting the Seattle area and are planning visits to any of these museums and would like copies of these notebook pages, feel free to email and ask.