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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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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
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