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Pearson Homeschool has some great bundles in various subjects. We're working through Social Studies right now.
Social Studies hasn't been something we have studied formally, from a book, in our homeschool until now. It has been a good experience so far, as my almost 6 year old daughter is learning some new things about community and responsibility as a member of society.
The first lesson was so great and she really took interest in what the children on the DVD had to say about "cooperation". (And seriously, they were so cute!)
It's funny now, listening to my daughter use the word, "cooperation" after learning its meaning. (Makes her sound so grown up, even if it is a little misused!)
For example, the other day she was trying to convince her younger brother that he needed to "cooperate" with her in order to get her room clean. I looked at her with my eyebrow raised and she said, "What? Cooperate means 'to work together'!" I couldn't deny that and I just chuckled to myself.
The Pearson Social Studies First Grade curriculum teaches children about
- our government
- our country symbols
- maps & globes
- land & water
- time & history
- American heroes
- and so much more!
It helps young children understand some of the foundations of what make up our society. In many cases, our children already experience much of what's taught, however, this program really helps to put it into context for my daughter.
While life experiences are great for learning, sometimes it's good to learn how to avoid mistakes before making them, too. Teaching children about money management, even in its simplest form, is a great start in learning money management skills the right way before learning the hard way.
Some children need to see it written down for it to really click. (I was that kind of child and have grown into that kind of adult). ;)
One of the things I love about this program is some of the illustrations are things I wouldn't have thought of to help my child better understand certain concepts. Such as envisioning how orange juice makes it to the grocery store shelf. Unless my child asked me straightforward, I wouldn't have thought to illustrate how the juice gets there in the first place.
For all she knows it's just always there! She doesn't realize, without being taught, that it starts off with oranges on a tree. Maybe it seems an obvious thing to teach, but as adults it can be easy to forget the obvious! Things we know but just don't think much of.
The photographs in the workbook are all from real life, which I love because it shows my daughter these ideas are real. Cartoon illustrations, in this case, would only confuse what's real, I think. So I really appreciated that detail.
Overall, the program is very well put together. We are really enjoying it together and she is learning more about how life around her works, right here in her community.
This program comes with the teacher's guide on a CD-R as well as a DVD to watch videos with each unit.
Visit Pearson Homeschool to get 25% off any K-6 myWorld Social Studies Bundle (or the aforementioned) through August 15th, using promo code BLG25. To see all the grade levels of this Social Studies Curriculum, click one below: