Welcome to Week 3 of the Virtual Curriculum Fair. This weeks theme and topic is Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science. The co-hosts of this week’s curriculum fair are Susan from Homeschooling Hearts and Minds and Stacie from Super Mommy to the Rescue. The Clip Art on the Virtual Curriculum Fair button was done by Story Rock. You will notice a linky at the bottom of this post. The linky will take you to other homeschool bloggers that share what curriculum they like and what works for them. This is a great time to see different curriculum to give you an idea for future curriculum as well as a peek inside. I know I am always looking for new curriculum. If you would like to know more about the curriculum fair visit Susan’s Introduction Post so you can see what other topics have been covered and what is coming up.
Stop by and visit the blog’s who are participating this week:
Exploring World History Through the Eyes of Scientists by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Exploring Our World With Social Studies by Stacie @ Super Mommy to the Rescue
Relaxed Homeschooling: Science and Social Studies in the Early Elementary Years by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart
Living History by Sarah @ Delivering Grace
Classically Influenced, Project Strong, Adaptable Middle School History by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Primary Sources for Delight-Directed History by Susan @ The Every Day of Education
Watching History, or Using Video Courses for Social Studies by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Exploring our World: High School Studies of Ancient History, American Government and Economics by Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
History, Geography, and Worldview Lessons in Our Homeschool by Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life
Our Curriculum Choices 2015 ~ Science, History & Geography by Renata @ Sunnyside Farm Fun
Our Favorites for History, Geography, and Science by Becky @ Milo & Oats
Globe Trotting by Lisa @ Golden Grasses
Around The World by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Bible-Based History Curriculum and Resources by Tauna @ Proverbial Homemaker
13 Living Book History Series for a Charlotte Mason Based Homeschool by Chelli @ The Planted Trees
Social Studies and Science in Our Classical / Charlotte Mason Homeschool by Sharra @ The Homeschool Marm
The Science Life by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
History, Geography Science for 2015 by Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
History Social Studies and Science…VCF Week 3 by Denise @ Fullnest
Learning About our World and History by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Taking the Mystery Out of History and Other Subjects Too With Our Favorite History Curriculum by Amy @ One Blessed Mamma
Right now I am struggling to find a curriculum that I would like to use with my daughter. She is a first grader. So we have been working on a interactive social studies notebook that I have put together with different topics. We started with Christmas, and now we are currently working on Martin Luther King Jr, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. We find different books from the library we read them and I make different foldables for her to answer questions and we put them in her notebook.
For Middle School I highly recommend North Star Geography. We started using this in November and I plan to keep on going this year until we are finished. There are one of two ways you can schedule this. You can do this daily or you can do this three times a week. We are working through this at 3 times a week. However, we are a little slower as I add in things to this curriculum for my son. Sometimes we research more of what we have read. I want to take my time going through to make sure that my son really gets the most out of this.
One of things that I really like so far is the map work. It comes with outlining maps that your child will have to look up on an atlas and find the information that is requested.
Each week you have a reading, hands on activities, map work, memorization, note taking, vocabulary, and quizzes. I have found what is in the reading very fascinating. It might be a little long to read in one sitting but we do it. What I do instead of print the note taking is I turn the questions into an interactive notebook for my son. I will print the questions and he will open the flaps to answer the questions. I also make vocabulary and definition matches for him. That way everything is all in his notebook if he needs to study or go back and find the information. I also include the maps as well in our interactive notebook.
If there is a topic I can stretch a little I will add it in. I have created a virtual field trip for my son as well as adding in foods and crafts from different countries as we move through this. I want to make sure he is getting the most out of what we are working on.
North Star Geography is broken up into three major sections: Geography Skills (reading maps and navigation), Physical Geography (the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere), and Human Geography (social structures, culture and heritage, interacting with the environment). There is also something called Wonder Maps that you can purchase with it. It prints out really nice maps and different map types that are needed.
If you would like to share with us your blog post on what your using and link up the linky is below.