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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    For 6th grade... why not go onto something he finds interesting? I dont know that adding a workbook will jazz things up in any pleasant way.
    Ive come to the conclusion that social studies in elementary is overrated. Call me CrazyMom.
    I agree...but here, they call 6th grade Junior High. Elementary is only pre-K through 3...4 and 5 are "middle school". Can you believe it?
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    We get a lot out of Curiosity Stream...the only hardship with it is that you'd have to see about your own kid's emotional maturity, and look at which Social Studies type of documentaries you'd want to see together.

    But I should ask: how do you envision Social Studies? It's such a vague topic, and seems to be a mishmash of history, comparative culture, anthropology, geography, and civics. If you distill those original subjects out of it, you might find it's easier to handle.

    There are documentaries galore on various parts of history the world over; great books on geography at every reading level (student almanacs are good too!); weighty tomes and MOOCs on anthropology; and for civics and government, there are websites just for kids, plus of course books on the subject that are not textbooks, etc.

    I find it helpful to list out to myself what the actual parts of conglomerate "subjects" like Language Arts and Social Studies, really are.
    Language Arts contains:
    Reading and Phonics
    Reading and analyzing Literature and Poetry
    Writing (sentences, paragraphs, summaries, essays, poetry, prose, and short stories, for instance)
    and even such things as Recitation, Rhetoric, and Debate, if you like.

    Mathematics can also benefit from being broken down into Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, etc. if you find it easier than repeating all topics for each grade level under the mishmash name of "Math".

    I find myself much more able to figure out what to use or do, when the subject is clearly defined, instead of the large ambiguous mishmash of Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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