Saturday, March 29, 2008

Real Life Social Studies

History, Geography, Government, Civics, Economics, Sociology, and Psychology are so much a part of our daily life.

Here are some real life ways to learn about social studies:

  • Watch TV documentaries and DVDs.
  • Play Internet and board games.
  • Visit tourist sites.
  • Use maps.
  • Read magazines.
  • Church Bible lessons and sermons.
  • Go on a short-term mission trip.
  • Host an exchange student.
  • Attend town council meetings.
  • Work on election campaigns.
  • Visit Senate and House of Representatives while in session.
  • Watch the news on TV.
  • Read about current events in a newspaper of online.
  • Chat online with people in other countries.
  • Talk with an older relative about his life.
  • Read historical fiction and biographies.
  • Learn about a historical time period or event.
  • Be involved in historical reenactments or renaissance fairs.
  • Listen to daily radio shows.
  • Learn about genealogy.
  • Volunteer for a non-profit organization.
  • Start a charity or ministry.
  • Volunteer at church.
  • Baby-sit.
  • Travel
Field Trip Ideas: Children's Museum, field trip tours at universities, radio station, TV station, airport, ethnic food stores and restaurants, art gallery, police station, fire station, nursing homes, children's hospitals, 911 dispatch center, newspaper, hospital, bank, natural history museum, local missions, tour homeless shelter or food pantry, ride public transportation, the workplace of a homeschooling parent, behind the scenes at a church, local arts and craft fair, bus stations, train stations, native American cultural center, historical village, and the national guard armory.


Danielle Says Hello said...

Here by way of Principled Discovery ;) This was a great list for me. I recently took my daughter out of the public school system (middle school) and this list really gives me a lot of great ideas. Thank you.