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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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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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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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What is Your High School Graduation Rate?

What is Your High School Graduation Rate?
Great news!  In The Great State of Washington, 24 kids out of 100 don't graduate high school!  Oh, wait... that's not good news!  When you really think of it, a 24% drop out rate is amazingly high! What is YOUR graduation rate?  What is the rate for your local high school?  What is the rate for your own homeschool?I know a LOT of homeschoolers, representing a huge variety of kids and educational styles, and I haven’t...
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"The state with the highest on-time graduation rate was Iowa, with 88 percent. The lowest was Nevada, with 62 percent. All of tho... Read More
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 09:51
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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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