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Freshman Social Studies

Freshman Social Studies What do you cover for social studies?Ninth grade usually starts with American History. This is because most kids already know about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, so starting in the U.S. builds on what they know.Tenth grade usually means World History, because by then children know about the Revolutionary War, World War 1, and World War 2, so this history builds on what they know.Usually American Government and Economics courses come next. These...

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Fast and Easy History Curriculum

Fast and Easy History Curriculum

Some people love history, and others… not so much. Faced with a history-phobic kid, social studies-hating kid, you don't have to skip the subject. If ...

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Homeschool High School Geography

Geography is one area of social studies. Colleges are often specific about what they want to see for high school social studies, including American history, world history, economics, and American government. Since economics and government are often just half-year classes, together they take only one year.This leaves you with some options - with three years of social studies specified, one year of social studies can be more delight directed. Options include geography, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and other "ologies" as...

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Seven Reasons to Study History

When I was in school, we learned about the world in seemingly unrelated snippets. My teachers called the subject Social Studies. We might start the ye...

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When to Teach Economics and Government

When to Teach Economics and Government

Economics and Government are usually each a semester course, so they are often done the same year. It doesn't need to be in a specific grade level. Th...

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Economics for Beginners

My son has a degree in Political Economy, and has loved economics since he was a child. This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Economics for Beginners When he was younger, my economics-loving son enjoyed the Penny Candy books in the Uncle Eric Series, written by Richard Maybury. These books come from a free market perspective and are politically conservative/libertarian. Many people use...

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Political Conversations: Civics Must Be Caught AND Taught

What if your homeschool students swayed the political majority? What if they all learned how to vote, and then actually showed up at the polls and voted their conscience. What marvelous things would result!Let me tell you a little secret. You can’t just "teach" kids to vote. It's one of those things that is caught as well as taught. They have to see you consistently voting, no matter how inconvenient the timing or how boring the...

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Social Studies for Dummies

"Social Sciences"?  What does that even mean? What is the difference between history and social studies? Social sciences, or social studies, are actually a broader term having to do with human social interaction.  So it can include history, government, economics, psychology, and sociology.Some colleges might use the terms "Social Studies" and "History" interchangeably in their application requirements.  When they say they want to see four years (usually) of "social studies" or four years of "history" on...

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