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I need suggestions on what to use for history and science for 1st grade!<br>
i would like a guide or book to follow for the year I am able and ready to step away from the books and set things but i do need a good base.<br>
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You can check out the World Book Typical Course of Study for a Social Studies Guideline by grade. (Link is on my website, see sig) We usually follow rabbit trails of interest in history. We use FIAR and it has a social studies component but we typically only do the geography and when I see the boys take a particular interest in something historical we will expand and do an entire unit on it. There is no set order history needs to be done in. Personally I feel that history should be saved until they have a better concept of time and can really understand that things have changed over time. For example, last year it would have been difficult for DS1 to understand that people used horse draw wagon to travel west. He would have assumed that most people used cars. And he would have had a difficult time understanding that cars didn't even exist then. Now I still have to point those things out but he grasps the concepts faster. He will be starting 3rd grade soon. Up until recently we have done Mythology and Fable for History. We still do some of that but are starting to add more in as the interest arises.<br><br>
We also follow their interests in science. There are some free science programs out there though. I have a TON of links on my website fro science. They have a bunch of science kits and look up things online all the time. We also spend a lot of time at the Science Center.
 

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Ds is first grade aged. We use Story of the World for History and NOEO for science, we started with Chemistry level 1, I let him pick which one to start with, the link to that site is:<br><br><a href="http://www.noeoscience.com/" target="_blank">http://www.noeoscience.com/</a><br><br>
We plan on sticking with NOEO until we've done every level they offer, we like it (it can be writing intensive at times, but we just do narrative stuff if he doesn't feel like writing science stuff).
 

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My oldest is 1st grade age this year.<br><br>
For science, we read science books from the library (whatever DS is interested in) and DS takes a science class at a homeschool co-op.<br><br>
For history.... hmmm... we didn't do anything formal this year. We read lots of historical fiction, we discussed the history behind current events that DS reads about in the newspaper, and we listed to the Story of the World vol. 1 audiobook.
 

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<span>A thought - you might find the book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fo%2FASIN%2F0609805851%2Fref%3Dnosim%2F" target="_blank">Home Learning Year by Year</a>: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School, by Rebecca Rupp, helfpul. She offers lots of resource ideas - resources are her specialty. And it wasn't written with the intent of giving a set outline, but just a general idea with lots of room for flexibility.<br><br>
And you can refer to Worldbook's <a href="http://www.worldbook.com/wb/Students?curriculum" target="_blank">Typical Course of Study</a> for ideas as well - they have simple lists of things that can be helpful in planning activities. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
You might look through my <a href="http://besthomeschooling.org/gateway/intedws.html" target="_blank">Homeschooling Gateway to the Internet</a> too - it has some fun science sites your little one might enjoy and some sites that describe fun science experiments for that age.<br>
Lillian</span>
 

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Thank you! I just have not seen anything that sparked our fancy. nice thing is we live in a very historical area with lots of history so we can always find stuff. i will check out your suggestion thank you again!
 

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This year we tried to use <a href="http://www.bfbooks.com" target="_blank">www.bfbooks.com</a> for Early American History. We enjoyed the topics, but NOT the bias. Same thing with our Apologia Astronomy book.<br><br>
Next year we're going to follow <a href="http://www.TapestryofGrace.com" target="_blank">www.TapestryofGrace.com</a> for history (year two) and we're going to use our own science (because TOG doesn't have a science). I want to follow his interest and do Earth Science but everything I find is really caught up in the new earth/old earth debate (something my 6 year old and I could really care less about). I did a google search and found the educational standards for science from the a national group (sorry, not on my own computer right now or I'd give you the link) and started making a list of topics, books and experiements for each category listed there.<br><br>
A caveat about noeo science: every year except physics I relies heavily on Usborne books, which have a unique style to them. I've found homeschoolers either love or hate them. We went to the library and checked out a few and found that we're in the hate category. I found them very difficult to read aloud to Samuel and Samuel said "this isn't a real book" when he tried to read them. I was really bummed because I thought I had found *IT* when I found Noeo.
 
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