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    6th grader history/social studies & science
    Did you know the writers of Horrible Histories have a Science series?image.jpg

    Pandia Press makes Real Science Odyssey (different from non-secular titles of similsr name) products which are (kitchen) experiment based science curriculum that is a good starting point. (I had to batch it where I did a whole unit in a week so that I wasnt constantly running to the grocery store for esoteric ingredients I didnt have on hand.)

    https://www.pandiapress.com/real-science-odyssey/

    They also have a big try before you buy so you get a good feel for it.

    For social studies, what do you want to go through? Popular topics include ancient history, world history, american history.... or non-history kinds of stuff like geography and civics. If you buy a encyclopedia type book, (Like Kingfisherís History of the World), you could use that as a limited-reading spine that you supplement per interest level. Between amazon, netflix, and youtube, there are zillions of videos for each subject.

    https://www.amazon.com/Kingfisher-Hi...s%2C215&sr=8-2

    You could also do the same with a science encyclopedia. The internet is full of demonstrations and experiments for every conceivable situation.

    Using an encyclopedia (especially one organized by subject, not ABC order) will give you the basic scope and sequence, making sure youre not missing anything, and each section is brief enough that if the subject holds no interest, you can be done with it soon enough.

    Take a look at things, see what appeals. We are always willing to help you narrow down stuff or design your plan (which will probably change as you go!)
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    I did not know about the Horrible Science series so thank you!

    And I keep coming back to the pandia press site so I think thatís something we will check out.

    Iíve been trying to decide if I wanted to cover world history or American history first and I think weíve settled on American history after some input from him. The encyclopedia idea is helpful. I would like to be able to decide on a topic to cover and then pull together different sources for that particular topic because, as you said, there are so many great resources available now. The encyclopedia would give me the guide Iíve been looking for. Iím a huge fan of the crash course videos so I would like to utilize those as topic overviews when appropriate.

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    https://farrarwilliams.wordpress.com...years-planned/ - I really enjoyed this blog post from a woman who used to be active here.

    You could use her ideas as a jumping off place and add in any applicable documentaries and Horrible Histories, as well as your own projects. The For Kids Series https://www.chicagoreviewpress.com/f...-pages-486.php has a ton of topics with associated projects.

    If you use the books as a read aloud (you read to him) throw in some copy work, dictation and oral narration you have to beginnings of a nice LA program too.

    Science I have never found a program that I loved. https://www.pandiapress.com/real-science-odyssey/ is secular and it does have several experiments (especially the biology). But I found that I had to modify it for us - it can get a little workbook-ish. But FWIW, take me with a grain of salt, I modify everything
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie5 View Post
    I did not know about the Horrible Science series so thank you!
    They have one for math too, that both my kids enjoyed.
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    Also, the Big Fat Notebook series is trending at our charter school, at least. We just ordered the one for US History and Science. The presentations are rather brief and colorful, but at least it gives that scope and sequence....
    https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Ne...s%2C218&sr=8-1

    You could also watch Liberty’s Kids, a cameo studded cast voicing the American Revolution. Its sometimes in the value bin at Target.
    Its also at Amazon, one with study guides even!
    https://www.amazon.com/Libertys-Kids...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
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