Tag Archives: History

Martin Luther King Jr.–Beyond Black History Month

Martin Luther King Jr.,  as an Introduction to Black History Month

It’s easy to find resources on the internet for teaching about Martin Luther King, Jr. Before you start picking¬† resources, I think it’s more important to decide what you are going to teach about Martin Luther King. It’s simple to present King as a leader of the civil rights movement.¬† Continue reading »

Learning History through Children’s Literature

childrens-books 200The following article is from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement which is part of the Department of Education.

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Teaching history using children’s literature, both fiction and non-fiction, is an old idea enjoying new vitality in the elementary and middle school curriculum. This Digest discusses (1) the revival of interest in teaching history through children’s literature, (2) research-based guidelines for teachers of history and children’s literature, and (3) an innovative method of teaching history using children’s literature. Continue reading »

Free Field Trips for the Frugal San Antonio Homeschooler

alamo feild tripAre the best things in life free or do you get what you pay for? I think this selection of free museum days in San Antonio is probably a mix of the two. Would a visit to the missions be dramatically better if the National Park Service charged a fee for the visit? Probably not–or at least not worth the price.

Yet I think a case could be made that a visit to the Alamo would be much more informative if an admission fee was charged. If nothing else, the free days at the museums that otherwise charge an admissions fee allows you to visit and decide it you think it would be worth it return and pay the regular price. Continue reading »

A Course of Study in Good Citizenship: Upper Elementary

Justice concept. Gavel,  golden scales and books in the library with dof effect. 3d

One of the few requirements for homeschooling in Texas is to have a curriculum that provides for a course of study in good citizenship. For high schoolers, this seems relatively clear since most public high school students take a one semester government class. However, there isn’t any such designated class for middle or elementary school. Continue reading »