Social Studies

Here is yet another term that was coined by one-world type of groups who wanted to incorporate many subjects into one.  "Social Studies" generally involves the subjects of history, geography, government, and the cultures of the world.  Sometimes on university pages it's called "Social Science" because some believe there is a science to history, which could be correct to a degree.

Let's begin with the end in mind – what does your child need in this area to get into a university?

U.S. History – one year; U.S. Government – one semester; World History – one year; and finally Economics, one semester.  So 3-1/2 years of social studies.  It's a good idea to do four years, depending on the university your child plans to attend.  However, senior year is when we suggest taking a Sociology or Psychology course at the college level.  You can take these as distance learning courses, and it will save time and money when they are a freshman in college.  We teach about early college credits at HECOA on our Plus member areas.

Again, social studies for middle school is not something to be stressed about.  Middle school is a good time to reinforce geography and cultures.  However, these can be covered really well in 5th or 6th grade, leaving the middle school student able to start on high school level course work.  They need to start understanding government if there is going to be any positive change in the world. Maybe they don't have aspirations to participate in governmental processes, but someday they will be eligible to vote – and knowledge will help them make good choices.

Elementary social studies:

Culture, geography (particularly knowing the states and their capitals, countries and their capitals, important waterways, landforms, etc) is a great way to cover social studies in grades 3-6.  You may wish to introduce other types of history and geography. Teach your child how to use a GPS (especially since electronics are not going away) by doing some geocaching as a family.  But more important than the GPS, learn about longitude and latitude.

Primary social studies:  Some of the things that are learned in the elementary areas above could be mastered earlier.

One really fun and engaging way to teach history is to incorporate some of your own family genealogy into a particular era or history topic.  Here is a post that Dianne McLean wrote a while back:

We will have some more coming on Social Studies…keep watching!  It will also be broken up into individual topic pages at a later date.

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Cycles of History – This is a 2-hour workshop
History can seem boring if you don’t see the bigger picture.  This class will take you on a journey through American history and show you patterns that will clearly point to what is ahead.  While we look at a small piece of history for the sake of time, this pattern can be traced back over 300 generations.  You will learn what it means to be a part of the archetype that is called the Prophet generation, the Nomad generation, the HERO generation, and the Artist generation.  You will be able to recognize the role you must play, and your children must play in the coming years.  This class will prepare you mentally to be a light to those around you.  It will give you real ideas to stay positive and productive during the coming crisis.  You will be able to recognize leaders, or become the leaders needed in your area.  This next cycle will likely be a world event.  This class is taught from a Biblical Judeo/Christian Worldview, but other world views will be discussed briefly.   A two-hour video presentation by Jacqueline Smith from The Star Forum, hosted by HECOA during the 2014 Not Back to School Summit.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS



One Soldier’s Story: A Tennessean in World War II – John’s grandfather Wesley Notgrass (1915-2007) joined the United States Army in 1941 and served for four years, one month, and seven days in the United States and Europe during World War II. Based on his grandfather’s recollections, John steps into character to share Wesley’s life story in a first-person narrative, from growing up in the 1920s and 30s through his experiences during the war. The presentation is illustrated with photographs from Wesley’s collection.  A one-hour video presentation by John Notgrass from Notgrass (history curriculum), hosted by HECOA during the 2014 Not Back to School Summit.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS



How Christianity Changed World History – It’s so obvious that we often miss it.  People who follow Jesus have been changing the world for good for almost two thousand years.  As Jesus changes us and changes our relationship with God, He leads us to live differently and to see the world and other people differently.  Ray Notgrass surveys how people following the way of Christ have impacted the world’s perceptions of morality, the value of children, business, labor, helping the poor, politics, and other areas of human society.  A one-hour video presentation by Ray Notgrass of the Notgrass History curricula, hosted by HECOA during the 2014 Not Back to School Summit.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS



Financial Freedom Creates Political Autonomy – We will help you understand the banking system, money, and basic financial literacy. Recognizing how wealth is created and what you can personally do to increase your own wealth with simple tools. Know the difference between hard assets and paper (or electronic) money. Learn how to change your thinking to an abundance mentality. We will take a brief look at mortgages in America, and how another country saves their citizens hundreds of thousands by law, and how you can do that in America. You will walk away from this class knowing more, and will begin to create a plan for your family.  A one-hour video presentation by Jacqueline Smith of The Star Forum, hosted by HECOA during the 2014 Not Back to School Summit.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS