Virtual Curriculum Fair Week 3: Exploring Our World – Social Studies and More Science

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Welcome to Week 3 of the Virtual Curriculum Fair. This week our topic is Exploring Our World – Social Studies and More Science. The Virtual Curriculum Fair is hosted by Homeschooling Hearts and Minds. In Week 2 I have covered what we used for science so I won’t go into further detail in repeating it again this week.

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For my son we use America the Beautiful by Notgrass Company. I have fallen in love with this history curriculum from day one. We have all the books that go with the curriculum and while using it there is also a literature book that you can read to go along with the studies. To me it’s more like a unit study as you do each lesson. It takes us anywhere between 60 – 90 minutes to complete a lesson.

We start out by reading the lesson for the day. The reading isn’t very long or overwhelming. Then when you come to the end of the lesson you will find the assignments that you need to complete. The assignments are: thinking biblically, map study, literature, creative writing, student workbook or lesson review.

We do the thinking biblically aloud together and the creative writing sometimes we discuss aloud or I will have my son type it on the computer because he has so much trouble with writing.

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We actually use both of these books: The Student Workbook and the Lesson Review. There is only one page in each lesson to do and one of them only has a section of 4 or 5 questions which isn’t really bad at all. All the answers can be found in the book. The last question is more of an opinion question. Which allows for really nice discussions with my son.

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The Timeline isn’t used in every lesson but when it is used it tells you what to write in the time period that it is assigning. The Maps workbook is an awesome visual as I love how it tells a little information and tells you to use a different color to circle words or color.

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When you get assigned to read a portion in We the People it’s not very long. May a page or two. It is actually very interesting as you reading about someone from your reading. For example, we had to read about Christopher Columbus and his documentation of his voyage. It was just a slice of his documentation. It was very interesting how they wrote in that time period and how he viewed the Indians.

At the end of each week they give you a family activity to do. I love these suggestions. One of my favorites was building an indian building out of tooth picks and gum drops.

We also try to find a recipe from the time period or area we are studying and make them.

For my daughter:

I struggle with this. She is between Kindergarten and First Grade. I have been using some workbooks from education.com with her. I also create some of my own lessons from the Social Studies book from Mail Box. I am looking into some curriculum at tax time to purchase for her to use.

Now, let’s see how other homeschoolers are Exploring Our World with Social Studies and Science:  (note links will all be LIVE by noon on 1/20)

A Classical Approach to Ancient World History for All Ages by Susan @ Homeschooling
Hearts & Minds

Supercharged
Science’s eScience Program
by Kristi K. @ The Potter’s Hand Academy

Social Studies & Science Resource Lists by Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses

History
and Science: Learning About the World Around Us
by Leah@As We Walk Along the Road

Designing a Unit Study for History, Geography, or Science by Amy @ Eclectic Homeschooling

Virtual Curriculum Fair:  Social Studies by Joelle @ Homeschool for His Glory

Uncle Sam & You- Notgrass by Lynn @ Ladybug Chronicles

My Favorite History Books for
Boys
by Monique @ Living Life and Learning

Social
Studies in Our Homeschool
by Laura @ Day by Day in Our World

A
Peek into our Homeschool: The Sciences
by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart

Our Curriculum Choices 2014 ~ History & Science by Renata @ Sunnyside Farm Fun

We’re having a Social Studies-heavy Year by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter

Our
Journey Around the World
by Laura @ Four Little Penguins

My Favourite Social Studies Curriculum by Kim @ Homestead Acres

Raising
Map Nuts: Learning Geography Naturally
by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset

The Whos, Wheres and Whys by Michele P @Family, Faith and Fridays

Exploring Our World: Social Studies and Science in our Classical Homeschool by Sharra @ The
Homeschool Marm

Time Travel Throughout the World {or History and Geography in Our Homeschool} by HillaryM
@ Our Homeschool Studio

Virtual Curriculum Fair Week 3: Exploring Our World – Social Studies and More Science by Stacie @ Super Mommy To The Rescue

Why We’re Ditching Story of the World by Tauna @ Proverbial Homemaker

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