Monday, April 01, 2013

Free and Low Cost “Whole”istic Learning Opportunities: Social Studies

We believe in a “whole”istic approach to learning (which is generally free and low cost). So what does that mean to us for the social studies? is like this...

~Going to library and stock pile books on a child’s favorite topic.
~Volunteering at historical villages/museums (some have a free day once a year or once a month or you could buy a family pass for a year and get free admission to several places throughout your state-we also buy our pass discounted locally and then go to the more expensive museums with it).
~Go to see replicas, historic places (houses, boats, battlefields).
~Interviewing people in the field that interests the child or someone that lived at a certain time in history.
~Joining hobby groups that are in your interest and go to reenactments.
~Visiting local interesting places: factory, radio or tv station, newspaper office, airport, vet office, pet store, animal shelter, utility company, florist, and grocery store to name a few.
~Visiting local official offices: police department, fire department, squad, surveryor’s office, judge or lawyer, city committee meeting, state capital, post office, and a trustee meeting.

~Making maps of places visited, vacation spots, battlefields, places in books
~Studying your local topography.
~Researching the history of a vacation destination.
~Working on genealogy projects at libraries, old cemeteries, church records, and court houses. Creating family archive of recorded history.
~Putting ancestors on timeline in place of other historical events that you are studying.
~Looking up news for the day you were born.
~Using historic places, landmarks, monuments, or battlefields to learn about a time in history.
~Using online historic documents or primary source documents.

~Participating in cultural events or festivals.
~Asking about free education materials when visiting places.

~Studying maps and atlases.
~Going letterboxing or geocaching.
~Building character by discussing negative and positive behavior of the parent, child and others. Share literature that focuses on a trait and the consequences negative and positive.

What kind of "whole"istic learning have you enjoyed? Check out the rest of our Whole"-istic Learning Series!

Wishing you homeschool blessings,


Phyllis said...

This is a great list! I will have to add some of them to our studies!

Bethany said...

thanks! I have one I posted last week for science and we are doing a whole series of them for each subject in the coming weeks.

jenny said...

Yes, these are great! Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

Bethany said...

I'm so glad that they are helpful.

Lisa Boyle said...

I love these! I am bookmarking them, for sure! :-)

Bethany said...

Great. I hope you have lots of joy with them!

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