I’d like to say a word about history and social studies. AHHHHHHHHHH!
Whew, ok I feel better now! We haven’t quite done history and social studies in the order that it would be done in public school. In fourth grade, in the state we live in, state history is studied. We did a little bit of that. Because we knew that our move to another state was on the horizon (even back then) I did not feel the need to get deep into our current states history.
Our core homeschool curriculum contains social studies, which includes history, civics, economics, and famous people. For fourth grade they presented the Revolutionary War. There was a lot of material, and my child was just not that interested. So, I claimed homeschooler prerogative and we did the lots of civics, current events, and other things presented in our curriculum, and let the Revolutionary War slide to a different year.
I know, history is important, and certainly, as historical events go, the Revolutionary War was important. Ok, so then 5th grade came along, and our core homeschool curriculum presented the Civil War. I thought I was going to go into a Civil War history coma. The Civil War might, quite possibly, be my least favorite part of history….ever!
I know that I am letting my own feelings about history judge how hard I push my daughter to learn history. We just didn’t get as much of the Civil War unit done as we should have. I know my daughter doesn’t need the gaps in her education. I know that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it…Ok, I’ve been a bad homeschooler mom!
I have to go back and fill in those major gaps in my daughter’s history education. I’m just looking for a way to do that now.