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Homeschooling your young children through history is so much fun! Little kids love to be told stories and taught about new and unique ways of life and peoples. History provides all these lovely opportunities.
Teaching about the pilgrims at Thanksgiving and dressing as they might have at Plymouth. Cooking up a meal that you might get in northern Africa by asking a missionary who lives there. Don’t get me started on the number of field trips right in your own backyard!
Holidays provide great history lesson days!
As you can see I get super excited and start thinking of topics here and there that I can’t wait to share with my children. However, I want to be very sure that I cover not just my interests but the whole of American, World, Geography, Social Studies etc for my child. That is why I always use a structured curriculum as our ‘backbone’ for the year.
When you have a guide like a curriculum we cover a broad, in-depth learning for that year. Because of the nature of homeschooling I do get to toss in unit studies or topical interests as well. The fun will continue and the learning will be plentiful.
We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as an Elementary History, Geography, and Social Studies curriculum choice? We compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorite Guide .
TOP 10 choices for Homeschooling Elementary History, Geography, and Social Studies Curriculum
- Story of the World (By The Well Trained Mind) from the website- The Story of the World is an award-winning resource for families looking for a history curriculum they can fall in love with. Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, this four-volume set covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas — find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This read-aloud series is designed for parents and teachers to share with elementary school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world’s civilizations.
- Notgrass History from the website- Textbooks generally provide context and comprehensiveness. Unit studies generally provide depth and richness. In our courses, we attempt to bridge the gap between these two approaches by giving you tools that help you teach the heart, soul, and mind of your student. Our curriculum is easy for parents, requiring little planning or preparation. Our curriculum is rewarding for students, helping them learn to analyze the present by understanding the past.
- Masterbooks From the website, “Master Books® is the world’s largest publisher of creation-based material for all ages including apologetics, homeschool resources, reference titles, and quality children’s literature.”
Add Enriching Studies and Trips
As you are choosing your history curriculum check and see if your preferred option has enrichment activities. Some have whole enrichment options that go with the books giving you lots of ideas on historical reenactments, cooking, maps (old and new) and more. This will bring your history class to a whole new level and give you lots of neat things to take over and show grandma.
History isn’t always beloved
I have shared why I love history. Now let me share why one of my kids hated it. Even with all my enthusiasm brimming she just snarled up her lip at the history book every time it came out. When we met the author to that history book at a Teach Them Diligently convention I noticed my daughter loved the conversation and loved to chat about history.
WAH? Is this the same child that can’t find her book? What is going on? Am I that bad a history teacher?
Nope. My daughter has dyslexia and history is a very reading heavy subject. Over the year I had started to rely more and more on her reading a section of the book and less on hands on kinetic learning. When I adjust back to more kinetic learning, getting an audio of the textbook, and allowing my daughter to help me plan a field trip a week she perked up. Stress gone and history back in the good books.
Your child will be soaking up the stories of their nation as you teach. This well-rounded Top 10 list of curriculum options will allow you to find a history book that aligns with your high standards and beliefs. Teaching your elementary children history, geography, and social studies will be a great time.
This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.
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