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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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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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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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Literature Based Curriculum on the Reading List: Venn Diagram

Literature Based Curriculum on the Reading List: Venn Diagram
When you use a literature based curriculum, the boundaries between English course descriptions, history course descriptions, and reading lists get blurry! Instead of thinking you need to divide books between them all, think of it like a Venn Diagram:   Books that are ONLY in the English course description: textbooks, workbooks, curriculum. These might include: Sonlight Core 100, Spelling Power, Wordly Wise, Institute for Excellence in Writing High School Essay Intensive. Books that are ONLY in the History course description:...
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Guest — Tim @ Families Again
You brought out some great points. We have always been literature based with my oldest who will graduate in December. The umbrella... Read More
Thursday, 05 March 2015 09:45
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
I'm with you, Tim! I too was thankful when Lee cleared it up! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Saturday, 07 March 2015 18:39
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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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The Great Courses: Honors, or Just High School Credit?

The Great Courses: Honors, or Just High School Credit?
Homeschoolers use lots of different resources, and one of the ones I’ve recommended in the past are The Great Courses.  With choices in science, mathematics, business and economics (just to name a few), many homeschoolers are utilizing these classes.  Parents have asked me whether the Great Courses should be considered AP Honor’s classes or high school level, but it really depends on how you utilize them. Obviously, the high school courses they offer are high school...
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Are you doing too much in your homeschool?

Are you doing too much in your homeschool?
How do you know when enough is enough? Particularly with Writing and History, how can you make sure you are not asking too much and frustrating yourself and your children?.  Sometimes it can be so hard to tell.  It can be VERY difficult to make sure you aren't expecting too much!Here are some ideas to consider if you think you may be overworking your children.  If you use a curriculum for writing and history, do not...
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Guest — cara
Just like anything in life, when things get too intense, it can be stressful for anyone. Focus on the most important learning exp... Read More
Thursday, 03 March 2011 20:34
Guest — lra
I sure agree. Do listen to Lee! I have not only doubled up on courses but have also supplemented on curricula and my poor student ... Read More
Thursday, 03 March 2011 11:37
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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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Homeschooling on Inauguration day

Homeschooling on Inauguration day
Drop what you're doing, and learn!   Take a day off!  In a homeschool, we can actually spend ALL DAY studying American Government and Current Events.Tuesday if the inauguration of President-Elect Obama, and there is a lot to learn.  You can take the day off from most of your formal schooling.  . It's an historic day, whether you voted for him or not.  Research Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy, so that you can evaluate the comparisons...
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Guest — Lee
Thank you, Kendra! I was looking at your website http://www.preschoolersandpeace.com/ and I was thinking about how your mission ... Read More
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 11:35
Guest — Kendra
Hi Lee- Thanks for your comment about teaching writing. I am going to be spending the better part of my free time today searchin... Read More
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 11:20
Guest — J W
This is so funny - I'm reading this while waiting for my kids to get dressed so we can go watch the inaugural day events with my p... Read More
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 07:32
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Washington State History Ideas

Washington State History Ideas
I recently sent out my quarterly Washington State newsletter, which mentioned (among other things) that state history is not a required subject in our homeschool law.  So many people have sent me some great information about Washington State History ideas, that I thought I should pass it along here!  I have permission to share these ideas.Hi Lee—something that we have done for several years as part of our Washington State curriculum has been to go to...
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