Freshman Social Studies

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 are often half-year classes, and are often taught in 12th grade, when kids are almost 18 years old and ready to vote and pay taxes.

But usual isn't always a good fit for everyone. Which is why homeschooling is awesome!

Many social studies programs love to follow the four year cycle of history. They start from the beginning of history and cover world history in order, from beginning to end. This makes sense, right? Covering history in the order it occurred makes total sense.

The problem is that most ancient history books are harder to read than modern history books about American history. Many of the classical education curriculum available use books that my son read in the honors program at university! For this reason, I worry that 9th graders are facing books too challenging for them to enjoy.

Challenging and not overwhelming is the goal. If the curriculum is too challenging, it puts you at risk of burnout, and can lead to your kid hating school.

In general, it's best to strike while the iron is hot, and cover the history kids are interested in, if they express an interest. If your child has a hankerin' for world history, it's the best history to cover.

What are you teaching for freshman social studies? Please share!

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Comments 6

Guest - Kelly on Wednesday, 02 November 2016 10:20

For 9th grade my daughter studied the World Wars, with an emphasis on WWII. She read a lot of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs, and combined that with a lot of study online. She also listened to a lot of WWII military music, especially German and Russian. She is an artist, and has a huge sketchbook filled with related drawings and cartoons. She is a sophomore now, and we are going to be doing American History this year.

For 9th grade my daughter studied the World Wars, with an emphasis on WWII. She read a lot of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs, and combined that with a lot of study online. She also listened to a lot of WWII military music, especially German and Russian. She is an artist, and has a huge sketchbook filled with related drawings and cartoons. She is a sophomore now, and we are going to be doing American History this year.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Monday, 07 November 2016 13:57

Fantastic, Kelly!
Lee talks about creating class credits for time spent on those topics using her "Sticky Note Strategy" in her article, "Delight Directed Learning". Keep up the good work!
Blessings,
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Fantastic, Kelly! Lee talks about creating class credits for time spent on those topics using her "Sticky Note Strategy" in her article, "Delight Directed Learning". Keep up the good work! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Dawn (website) on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 12:02

We did a formal Geography course with our daughter, and it was not the greatest fit. We still like the idea of a world geography course, so we will do something more interactive for our son when he gets there....something like 180 Days Around the World.

We did a formal Geography course with our daughter, and it was not the greatest fit. We still like the idea of a world geography course, so we will do something more interactive for our son when he gets there....something like 180 Days Around the World.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 14:19

Hi Dawn,
It's terrific that you are figuring out what works best for your daughter! One of the many benefits of homeschooling!
Blessings,
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Hi Dawn, It's terrific that you are figuring out what works best for your daughter! One of the many benefits of homeschooling! ;) Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Karen on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 19:31

Medieval history because that is what he is interested in

Medieval history because that is what he is interested in
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Friday, 28 October 2016 13:57

Karen,
It's wonderful that you are following your son's interests!
Blessings,
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Karen, It's wonderful that you are following your son's interests! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
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