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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 y...
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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...
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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"...
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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
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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...
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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...
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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
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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...
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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"...
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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...
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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...
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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.)...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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