History was one of my hardest subject. So I am looking for a good curriculum for us to use next year. I came across this site called http://www.studiesweekly.com/. It is really cheap. It was only $4.99. I looked through samples and it seems very basic. I feel I would have to supplement a lot. Have any of you used this yourself? Or do you have any good suggestions for 5th grade history?
This is what is up next for this coming year for us...
Rod & Staff 5th grade American Heritage (history) studies. My kids are going to be 6th and 4th, so we just picked the step in between because they both wanted to learn more about their own country. It's affordable.
We will also hit the library every two weeks and fill up our science and geography book boxes based on our topics we are working on during those weeks. I plan to work on some projects and essays out of the book boxes, but otherwise, they will just be deeper reading on the subjects.
Then, I plan to do a little bit of geography and world history in our religious studies this year, because we are going to do the history of world missions. I'm hoping we can pick a missionary family to help send funds to and get to know.
If we have success in that topic, then the following year, we will extend it on to CURRENT missions and CURRENT events while still furthering the geographic knowledge. I haven't decided on the actual history topic for the following year, if Rod and Staff is pretty good, we may do the sixth or seventh grade level of that.
We skipped around a lot in History (it's not one of my favorite subjects). We did enjoy the Civil War.
Now my daughter is working on geography. She is creating a website with all the states in order and with all their information - capital, population, flag, flower, funny laws. She seems to be enjoying it and learning a bunch of funny laws (like there is one state that says it's against the law to sing off key and she tells me I am lucky we don't live there. LOL)
I haven't decided what we are going to do next year when she is in the 6th grade. Like I said, this is not my favorite subject at all. I would skip it if I could. LOL
Thank you for all the suggestions. We have skipped around a lot over the past couple years. So we might just stick with doing lessons on what he is interested in. I will probably still order the Studies Weekly just as extra reading.