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Old May 10th, 2015, 11:57 AM   #11
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Most Colleges have a test to take to have a GED. Take the test yourself. If you fail on the test, say question #6 - this is one subject you need to brush up on and teach. Teach to the GED test.
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Old September 14th, 2015, 09:28 AM   #12
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Well, update on this...he started showing an interest in Vikings, and I was debating whether to just start there or start earlier. The coversation went something like this...

ME: We need to start history soon. Would you like to start in really ancient history, or would you rather start by learning about Vikings, and then we can go back and learn about other stuff later, or we could start with learning about how our country, America, started.

HIM: So, ancient history is like...dinosaurs?


ME: Well, yeah, but we've studied a lot about that already. I was thinking about what came after dinosaurs.


HIM: Oh, like there's this extinct rinocerous that...
(I cut him off)


ME: Actually, I was thinking about learning about people.


HIM: Oh. Well, Vikings are pretty ancient, aren't they?


ME: Yeah, they are. Though there were people before them. Like (I get out paper and draw a pyramid) one of the first civilizations were Egyptians...we learned about them in church. Do you remember when we did VBS and learned about Mosus and how the Isrealites escaped from Egypt a couple years ago?"


(Our church does a Vacation Bible School where we do sort of a living history version of a different Bible story each year)


HIM: Umm...No.


ME: Remember when we set up all the tents and stuff..


HIM: OH yeah! I remember that!


ME: Well they had just left Egypt (I try to draw a Spinx to go with the pyramid). And after Egypt came Rome. Rememeber the year before that when we did Rome in VBS?


HIM: No.
(I pull up some pictures of Romans on the internet and then he remembers..."Oh, yeah...Rome! I remember Rome!")


And then I pull up pictures of Vikings, and tell him that they came a while after Rome.
And I pull up some pictures of Egyptians for him to look at...cause why not
And he gets all excited and asks if we can learn about mummies and stuff and can we study that and I say YES and so we decide to start with the ancient stuff.

For curriculum I'm going to use is Story of the World, which I like because of how it weaves the story of different ancient civilizations together (showing how they interact) and reads more like a story than a textbook, while still covering A LOT (it's actually a lot more thorough than anything I remember learning about back then). n their first volume (which will take us a year or two...not sure) we'll study early Nomads, Egypt, Isreal, some other countries in Mesopotamia, India, some places in lower Africa, China, Greece, Rome, a little bit of early America, and some other places. I wasn't sure how a curriculum could do that without being confusing, but from what I've read in it so far it transitions really well from one place to another, shows how things were similar and different, while bringing in stories of people from those places and times, as well as myths and traditional stories. I'm really impressed now that I have this in my hand and can use it. Since it doesn't have a lot of pictures I'm going to get USBORN type books for our library and have my child look at pictures related to the passages as I tell them. We'll see how it goes. There's lots of hands on crafts and activities they suggest too. Really think this is going to go well.

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Old September 18th, 2015, 05:49 PM   #13

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I love Story of the World and use it with my daughter. She's 8 and we're on volume 3 right now. I've found one volume a year works well for our pace. It's so easy to integrate other projects and additional materials into and the stories really grab kids attentions, they're well written and full of good information. I hope your homeschooling year goes well!
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Old December 2nd, 2016, 02:36 PM   #14
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Tom Woods Liberty Classroom and Woods' history and politics class for Ron Paul homeschool.


Woods is a smart dude. This is high school level though.
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Perhaps you might provide him with biographies written to the appropriate intellectual age of the student. Robin Hood is more legend than history, but Robin Hood opens the door to Richard the Lion Heart, and his brother the notorious King John. Once interested in the derring-do of Robin and his Merry Men it might be easy to shift the focus to the early kings of England, the Magna Carta, etc. Good Old King Arthur is another one of those that children find it easy to love, and whose legend opens insightful doors into British History, and then into American History.
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Here is a site that will improve your ability to educate your son and enable him to go to places he cannot go and experience history for himself at his own pace any time from any place. My web site has 160 interactive maps of history and science on a broad range of subjects from over 40 famous explorer expeditions, to war battles such as the American Revolution, the Civil War, WWII and the Battle of Waterloo, ancient ruin sites, climate classifications, El Nino Zone, hydrothermal vent and cold seep sites, environmental disasters, biomes, disease outbreaks, migration, stages of evolution, and more. Which appear on ClimateViewer.org where they can be combined with hundreds of other maps on the site. My side of the site is the former MyReadingMapped which had 475,000 map views from 120 countries world wide before it crashed. Jim Lee, a follower of MyReadingMapped, offered to place my maps on his site which had better technology and was far more stable.


But first check out MyReadingMapped's educators and parents page to see how use the site to its best advantage.
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Why don't you teach him the regular school curriculum in your state / county? If I may ask, why did you opt to home school your son? Is he healthy, can't he go to regular school? Also, I have noticed that many people in the US homeschool their children, why is that? Is there any particular reason? I personally think that regular schools are best for children, if health permits. You can never teach your child at home what a qualified teacher can teach at school.
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Why don't you teach him the regular school curriculum in your state / county? If I may ask, why did you opt to home school your son? Is he healthy, can't he go to regular school? Also, I have noticed that many people in the US homeschool their children, why is that? Is there any particular reason? I personally think that regular schools are best for children, if health permits. You can never teach your child at home what a qualified teacher can teach at school.
Depending on the school district and the means of the parent, a child can benefit far more from home schooling from qualified parents and tutors than they ever could in the public system. The United States produces some of the best schools in the world, but it also produces some catastrophic failures as well.
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Why don't you teach him the regular school curriculum in your state / county? If I may ask, why did you opt to home school your son? Is he healthy, can't he go to regular school? Also, I have noticed that many people in the US homeschool their children, why is that? Is there any particular reason? I personally think that regular schools are best for children, if health permits. You can never teach your child at home what a qualified teacher can teach at school.
I made my educational web site because a well-educated public or privately schooled student needs the backup of homeschooling and individual self learning. A good parent picks up where the teacher initiated and follows through by observing the student's ability to learn to learn, and addressing any problem areas and what interests the student has and encourages that interest. In addition, the parent can spend more one-on-one time with their child than the teacher can.

As for the totally homeschooling trend, consider the make up of the US. There are 10 large populated states (or 20% of the states) with over 10 million people each with well funded public school systems representing 76% of the population and 40 states (or 80% of the states) with less than 10 million people each representing 24% of the population. 29 of those states (or 18% of the nation) have a population of less than 5 million each.

According to Wikipedia, there are 1,371 urban areas and urban clusters with more than 10,000 people spread out across the US. According to Wikipedia, in 2014, 72% of United States' land area belongs to rural counties representing roughly 15% of the population of the country and Rural Americans are also more likely than other Americans to suffer from chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. This is likely due to the lack of health services due to the fact that they are located where the money and population centers are. Thus 15% of the population likely rely on homeschooling.

The area I see as troubling with a totally homeschooled student is a lack of social skills and interaction with kids of various other backgrounds and economic status and the possible connection to a growing fascist society in the US and how it is helping to polarize the nation.
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Thus 15% of the population likely rely on homeschooling.
That is extremely high and concerning for a country like the USA.

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The area I see as troubling with a totally homeschooled student is a lack of social skills and interaction with kids of various other backgrounds and economic status and the possible connection to a growing fascist society in the US and how it is helping to polarize the nation.
Besides all that, that I agree, there is no way to the nation control the quality of homeschooling.
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