How Your Kids Are Learning History
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The 2008 draft, Social Studies Framework, urges individual school districts to decide what gets left out and included by emphasizing “content that can serve as building blocks for content to follow.”
“I try to touch on everything so the kids at least have an understanding of the timeline and general concepts,” says Neary, “and then I go into more depth if I have time.”
Social Studies Beyond the Classroom
You can continue exposing your children to social studies outside of school. The teachers interviewed urged parents to read the newspaper and watch the news with their kids. They encouraged families to visit museums and historical spots whenever possible.
They also recommended these resources:
• www.puzzlemaker.com: Create your own word puzzles
• www.funbrain.com/funbrain/where: A map game
• www.gamequarium.org/dir/Gamequarium: A compendium of games on various subjects
• National Geographic for Kids:http://kids.nationalgeographic.com - Kids’ games, animal photos, stories and more
• http://earth.google.com: Google Earth - Fly anywhere on earth
• www.timeforkids.com: Time for Kids
• American Memory: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html - Photos, documents, and recordings from the Library of Congress
• Zoom Explorers: www.enchantedlearning.com/explorers/indexa.shtml - A comprehensive directory of explorers and their routes
• www.enchantedlearning.com/history/us/symbols: Symbols of America explained and illustrated
• www.ushistory.com/stories1.htm: History stories on music videos
• Plimoth Plantation: www.plimoth.org
• National Archives: www.archives.gov
• Smithsonian Institution: www.archives.gov