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Social Science, Science and Exploring our World - Our Path

Week 4 of the 2017 Virtual Curriculum Fair is here, and it is time to talk about History, Geography, and Science. You can check Homeschooling Hearts and Minds our host for this curriculum fair to read more about it.


Social Science has been the easier school subject to cover since grade 2, when I stumbled upon Tapestry of Grace. There has been no turning back and will not be. I invested in the four years of this curriculum which is rotation based curriculum. This is our 7th year using it and we are at our 2nd rotation of year 3 (The Exploration Age).

With TOG the boys have been able to explore the World from past to present from a Geography and History perspective. The advantage of repetition offered by this curriculum is that they get to look at time from different perspective when they go over certain periods of time again. Also with TOG you cover civic as well and government which allow for the kids to really understand the world around them.

My oldest has always been into History, so it has not been a problem for him to connect the material being covered to present day events and places. He has mastered his Geography through TOG. My youngest on the other hand is not a History or Geography fan, but is learning to appreciate its value and relevance. I actually had to supplement Geography for him as he just was not into it. I used various workbooks and ESA.

I have written a lot about Tapestry of Grace on this blog, so have a look for more details about this program, especially my evaluation post about it.

When it comes to Science, I have a different story to tell. I have yet to LOVE a curriculum. A reason for that might be that I am not the science girl (even though hubby is). We have covered Science using different curriculum up to now, but with my oldest almost in High School I feel I need to be more intentional about this. This year I stumble upon ClassiQuest Science Biology, but am having trouble following through with it. Biology has been the one branch of Science the most neglected in our school. I also have Mr Q Classic Science Adv Chemistry which is next on my to do.

Here for a brief overview of our path in exploring the world around us!

Please visit my fellow homeschool bloggers who are talking about Exploring Our World this week:

Note: all links will be LIVE by Monday 1/23 at noon EST.
Notebooking Our Way through History by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Studying the Where and How by Michele@Family, Faith and Fridays
The History of Our Mysterious Struggle With History by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
Social Science, Science and Exploring our World - Our Path by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Learning History Through Fiction by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset
History in Our Homeschool by Amanda H @ Hopkins Homeschool
Exploring Our World Through History And Science by Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
Bringing History to Life! by Yvie @ Gypsy Road
History, Living Books and the Imagination by Sarah @ Delivering Grace
Exploring our world comes in many different forms. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
Bible, History and Geography by Lizzy @ Peaches At Home
Beyond the Books - Social Studies and Science by Shecki @ Greatly Blessed
Exploring the World with Living Books by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
High School History & Science without Textbooks by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Exploring the World Starting with Canada by Annette @ A Net in Time
Visit The World Through Video by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
Nature Study is Our Favorite Way to Do Science by HillaryM @ Walking Fruitfully
What A Wonderful World by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
The Time we got Lost in the Woods by Dana Hanley @ Roscommon Acres

Comments

Susan said…
Tapestry of Grace is one of the programs I looked at (and drooled over) years ago when we started homeschooling. I'll have to check out your other posts. ;)
Lori said…
So sorry that you haven't found a science to love yet but, as with your love of Tapestry of Grace, I'm sure you'll know it when you find it. - Lori
Annette said…
I've never looked into tapestry of grace so don't know much about it. Have you ever looked at God's Design for a science program?
Brittney said…
My kids love science, but I'm also having trouble finding a science curriculum that meets our needs.

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