Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Exploring Our World

Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Social studies is such a broad term... how do you fit it all in?  For us, we decided what was most important and went that route with things!  We started in first grade with Story of the World.  It is a 4 year history rotation that takes us from beginning of time until now.  When we finished up the 4th volume, we started All American History, which is a two year American rotation.  Once we finish that up, we will start over and that should take them thru 12th grade.  I chose to go this route because SotW and AAH both incorporate one thing that I think is a very important skill ~ MAPS! We have also (when they were younger) worked our way through map workbooks.
My dilemma now, as we are approaching the end of the 2nd year of AAH, is do we start over with Story of the World? Or do we switch to Mystery of History?  I really like SotW, and I know that during this next rotation, we would dig deeper into things, but I know MoH incorporates much more Bible than SotW.  So, I am currently torn on these two items ~ if you have an opinion on either one, please feel free to share!!

Another thing that is important in the exploring our world area of homeschooling is real life/hands on exploring the world.  We are very involved in the community we live in.  Roger is very active in the fire department and the kiddos have grown up knowing what it means to be a part of the fire department - what it means to help someone out.  We are active in our church, which does some outreach to the neighborhood children.  And finally, we are very involved in scouting - which has taught them both a lot about exploring their world!

Visit others who have joined in and see what it looks like when they explore their world:

Science and Worldview by Beth @ Ozark Ramblings
  Nature Study as Science by Christine @ Crunchy Country Catholic
  Virtual Curriculum Fair Week 3- Social Studies and more Science by Leah Courtney @ The Courtney Six Homeschool Family
  Curriculum Fair–Exploring Our World by Angie @ Petra School
  Paths of Exploration by Jen @ Forever, For Always
  Learning Geography at Our House by Jessica @ Modest Mama
  The Fascinating World Around Us by Cindy Horton @ Fenced in Family
  More Heart of Dakota Praises by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun
  Our History by Melissa @ Grace Christian Homeschool
  Playful US Geography for First Grade by Pam @ Everyday Snapshots
  Heart of Dakota-The Fine Details-Part 3 History by Lynn @ Ladybug Chronicles
  Exploring Our World Through History & Science by Brenda Emmett @ Garden of Learning
  Two History Must-haves by Letha @ justpitchingmytent
  Learning About The World Around Us by Laura O from AK
  Social Studies and Science - What do we do? by Joelle @ Homechooling for His Glory
  History Chronologically and with Living Books by Debbie @ Debbie's Digest
  Why History? by MissMOE @ Homeschooling While Living the Life of Easier
  Exploring Our World by Christa Darr @ Fairfield Corner Academy

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