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Seven Reasons to Study History

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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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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Jessica Zbavitel
Thanks so much for The Great Courses supplement ideas!
Friday, 29 June 2018 00:16
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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...
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Guest — Kelly
For 9th grade my daughter studied the World Wars, with an emphasis on WWII. She read a lot of biographies, autobiographies, and m... Read More
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 10:20
Guest — 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 ar... Read More
Monday, 07 November 2016 13:57
Guest — Dawn
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 ... Read More
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 12:02
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Homeschool High School Geography

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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Guest — Amy
Did you count the Runkle geography for 1/2 or 1 credit on the transcript? It only has 13 chapters, so I'm wondering if the map exe... Read More
Wednesday, 15 April 2020 17:20
Robin
Hi Amy, In her blog post Hours in a Credit, Lee says, "When I estimate high school credits, I usually just guess and estimate how... Read More
Wednesday, 15 April 2020 18:25
Guest — Lee
Here is the link to Runkle Geography http://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Wonderful-Geography-BRENDA-BREWER/dp/B001CPLILW Blessings, Lee... Read More
Friday, 27 August 2010 07:43
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What is the Difference Between History and Social Studies?

What is the Difference Between History and Social Studies?
What is the Difference Between History and Social Studies? "Social studies" and "history" may be interchangeable terms for some colleges. You may have noticed that some college websites require four years of social studies while others require history. What is the difference between history and social studies?When colleges request four years of social studies or four years of history, they both probably mean the same thing. Social studies (also called social sciences), is actually a broader...
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Guest — Christine Marsh
Thank you, Lee!
Sunday, 17 April 2016 19:24
Guest — Lee
Christine, you can call it honors if the authors/publishers of your curriculum, Apologia Science, say it is a honors course, then ... Read More
Sunday, 17 April 2016 19:20
Guest — Christine Marsh
If my daughter is taking Biology with a lab (Apologia) as a freshman, can I count it as an honors class on her transcript? Also, ... Read More
Sunday, 17 April 2016 18:36
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Economics for Beginners

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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Lee Binz
Thanks Deanna! I'm so glad it helped! Blessings, Lee
Saturday, 21 April 2018 21:51
Deanna Pathio
What great-looking resources. I had no idea what to do with economics till I read this post. Thank you!
Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:37
Guest — Ashley
My son is a rising senior who is planning to major in Economics. We used Economics in a Box (used in by My Father's World) and LO... Read More
Monday, 18 May 2015 05:11
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Political Conversations: Civics Must Be Caught AND Taught

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 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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Homeschooling - Break Free of the Public School Mold

Homeschooling - Break Free of the Public School Mold
You don't need to behave like a brick and mortar school when you are homeschooling science and social studies.Any articles/advice about teaching Science/Social....making sure they're covering what they need, without falling back into the whole teacher/student mode? If your child is planning to go into a hard science like biology, engineering, or medicine, then they will REALLY benefit from learning biology, chemistry and physics in high school.  If they don't seem interested in science, then sometimes...
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Homeschool Requirements for Washington State History

Homeschool Requirements for Washington State History
I failed at teaching Washington State History, and I feel just horrible about it - I really do!  But I have great news.  You're off the hook!  Little known fact:  teaching Washington State History is *NOT* a requirement for homeschoolers.I attended one of your seminars and think I remember you saying that Washington history is not required for entry into college, but an employee at Homeschool Potpourri book store said that it is required for high...
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Guest — Lee
Sandra, Washington State History is ONLY required for public school children, and is NOT required by homeschoolers. If you choose... Read More
Friday, 07 March 2014 09:15
Guest — Sandra C.
It is important to keep in mind,though, that if you intend your child to go to high school or receive a state high school diploma ... Read More
Thursday, 06 March 2014 19:12
Guest — Lee
Klay, Homeschoolers do not have to follow the law for public school children, anymore than private school students do. We have to... Read More
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:44
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What Are "Social Sciences?"

What Are "Social Sciences?"
 Have you ever wondered what the "Social Sciences" really are?  What does it even mean?  Most of the time students will take US History, World History, Economics, and American Government.  But there is a whole world of other social sciences you can explore!My brother in law is a teacher at a public high school.  He taught "The History of Baseball" as a social studies class.  (He also taught "Sport Communications" as an English course.)  When I...
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Guest — J W
Horses and Popular Culture is definitely social science, right? :-) Lately my darling daughter has been studying everything from... Read More
Thursday, 21 May 2009 18:06
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More School in Less Time!

More School in Less Time!
Audrey asks:How do you balance what you feel they need to know and do with what they feel they want to know and do? There are not enough hours in the day!This question is actually TWO questions!Q1: How can you get more hours in your day? To some extent, homeschoolers will ALWAYS feel like there aren't enough hours in the day!  It's part of parenting, and even more a part of homeschooling.  There are some things...
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Guest — J W
KISS - keep it simple, sweetheart! By the time my students graduate, I want them to: Be able to write a well-structured essay H... Read More
Thursday, 20 November 2008 14:32
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Talk Radio for Homeschool Current Events

Talk Radio for Homeschool Current Events
You want to cover current events, but you don't have the money for yet another curriculum purchase.  Have you considered talk radio?When my kids were in Junior High, we started to listen to talk radio when we were having lunch, and discussing the events they brought up.  It may depend on your local radio station, of course.  When I was considering the radio host, I was much more concerned with them being POLITE rather than having...
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What is great about Boortz, even though he is inflammatory and rude, is what good humor he uses when disagreeing with his friends/... Read More
Friday, 18 July 2008 10:53
Guest — christy
That it exactly what we do. We don't have TV, no satellite, no reception otherwise, so the radio is it. Our oldest loves Borts an... Read More
Friday, 18 July 2008 05:31
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Must Do, May Do and Can't Stop Doing!

Must Do, May Do and Can't Stop Doing!
At this time of the year, friends are discussing their curriculum choices for next year. I have been asked by several people what we used during the high school years. Every child is unique, of course, but here is a snapshot of our freshman year:These are the things I made them do: American Literature & Composition (Sonlight 100) American History (Sonlight 100) Biology with Lab (Apologia) Algebra 1 (Jacob's Algebra) Fine Arts 1: American Art (art...
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Guest — J W
Must do - I made my shopping list for the WHO convention, and I'm not even going to think about it until the materials arrive on m... Read More
Wednesday, 04 June 2008 15:55
Guest — Lee
So many people have been talking about Notgrass! I think I'll have to look at that book at the curriculum fair. It's become very... Read More
Sunday, 01 June 2008 19:45
Guest — My Twenty Cents Keeps Moving
My son is in 8th grade next year so we are getting ready to get ready for high school. We are using Apologia's 8th grade science ... Read More
Sunday, 01 June 2008 18:15
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