Black History Month

12:00 AM

This month is a GREAT time to focus back on social studies. How did we get to where we are? How have things changed? How could we still fix problems we have in society? What is our purpose?

This time of year is surrounded by holidays to remember various civil rights leaders, presidents, world-changers ...

I love it. When I was in the classroom, I'm sorry to say, we didn't get to spend as much time on monumental figures in history to the extent I would have liked. You know the song, "Too much to teach ... too little time." However, my team and I put together some pretty cool opportunities for our students. 

Since then, I have worked with various teachers and students in trying to meet a level of understanding about world-changers that isn't reached in many classes today. I want the focus of reading to NOT just be on RANDOM fiction/nonfiction texts. Why can't there be reading standards on social studies concepts? There can. 

Many of you know that I was home schooled k-12. I went to a private university for my undergraduate, and went onto teach in a Title I public school. I trained myself on teaching EL, and passed the written exam for the endorsement with flying colors. I have an eclectic learning background. I love that I was home schooled. My mom was WAY above the average home school mom. She pretty much trained me to be a teacher ... before I even knew I wanted to be one. 

She had learned the balance of cross-curricular learning. Vocabulary came from math, social studies, and science. Comprehension did too. Writing was based on projects, experiments, and experiences. Field trips happened whenever my eyes opened in the morning and never really ended. Sports taught me physics, and music taught me reading. Books were used to cultivate a love for learning, not a score on an exam. Did we have text books? ABSOLUTELY! Did my education live/die by them? Not in the least. My mom was/is a rock star.

If you get to know me, you will learn that my methodology is not typical, but has been proved effective. Hands-on, student-led, cross-curriculum opportunities are what drive my teaching (previously in the classroom AND now in the home.) For example, my three-year-old, Crosby, is learning to write by helping me in the kitchen. We stir in different shapes, and cross off days on a calendar with shapes. He is learning to read by playing word games with me during breakfast, and reading a favorite Bible story before bed each night with his Daddy. He knows all of his colors, counts to 50, can identify every letter in the alphabet (capital & lower case), and doesn't hate learning. Why? Well, because he is 3. Also, because I'm not overloading him with single time of day subjects. Concepts are intertwined. Why not keep doing that with our teaching?

I have created various resources for grades 3-4 with reading as the focus skill, but socials studies is the concept. It has comprehension, vocabulary, activities, and research opportunities that keep you within the "reading block" bubble, but outside of the "reading block" blues. 

Check them out in my store >>>> My Store!

If you are looking for RESEARCH-based learning for students... I have the perfect interactive notebook set for you!

This is a time-line, research, and interactive notebook ... ALL IN ONE!!!!


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