One of my daughter’s favorite topics is geography. Last year, she earned the title of “Miss Social Studies” from her teacher. K’s teacher gave all the kids nicknames and that was hers. She loves everything social studies. Her favorite topic of everything in social studies is geography. Last year, the teacher handed them a blank map of the U.S. and told them to label as many states as they could. Miss K named 48 out of the 50 states. She missed Connecticut and New Hampshire. Because of that, she didn’t have to do a couple of the next lessons/quizzes and often had to help other students. That thrilled her to no end!!
Now that we’re homeschooling, we plan to have fun with social studies. She’s going to learn what she needs to and some very important stuff, but we’re also going to enjoy it. Part of our social studies this year (and probably every year) will be to keep a timeline of every event, person and so on that we study. I have the timeline all printed out and put in a 3-ring binder. We used this timeline. (I’ll list more timeline options at the end of this post.) However, there are many others available out there that are free and printable. Each event or person (or anything else that can be placed on a timeline) will be marked on the timeline. We’re including a picture and the date. It’s still early yet, so there’s really nothing to show you. Some of the pictures will be drawn by K, others will come from the internet or photocopied from a book. I think this will just be the neatest binder to look back on at the end of each year. Miss K loves this idea too and she’s never done much work with a timeline before.
Another fun aspect of social studies this year will be our passports. We’re using the passport from HS.T.T. as ours. (I’ll list more passports at the end of this post.) For each country or state that we study or learn about, we’re going to place a stamp or graphic on our passport to represent it. I’m hoping at the end of the year, that we’re world travelers. So far, we have Wisconsin and Kansas because we’ve learned about those with our read aloud book Little House on the Prairie. They traveled through Minnesota and other states to get there, but I’m undecided if we’ll add them to the passport. She has learned about all the states of the Midwest as part of our lessons, which included the Great Flood of 1993.
There is another great passport here. You can find a passport and plane ticket as well at this class site. Here’s a cute mini passport and a pattern for another one. There’s also a Passport for Learning for lower grades.
I think I’ve shared some timelines before, but one can never have enough choices or reminders!! Here’s a verticle timeline and a timeline generator. This and this can be used to make personal timelines. Cindy Downes has a couple printable timelines as well as links to a couple others. Finally, there is timelines for homeschool that have many great suggestions and links to other printables.
There’s others available for both of these items. I search in Google, Yahoo or other search engine will bring up serveral choices. Often, the hunt is part of the fun!! I do hope that some of the items that I’ve listed will be of help to those that are looking for them.