We used the popular Story of the World for 2 years. The kids really enjoyed this series. Along with the coloring pages and map work in the activity books, there are other reading suggestions. At the beginning of each chapter there are corresponding pages that can be read from the Usborne Book of World History, the Usborne Internet Linked Encyclopedia of World History, the Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, and the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. I would assign the kids to read the pages associated with that day’s chapter and to write in their history notebooks something new that they learned from that day’s reading. To make assigning the reading pages easier, I made these lists. I hope that they can add ease to your planning.
Whether you use the Usborne Internet Linked Encyclopedia of World History or not you can go to their website using the list as a reference, and find some really interesting things to enhance your studies.