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Homeschooling the Presidency: Using Current Events as an Ongoing Unit Study

Homeschooling the U.S. Presidency

Are you homeschooling the presidency? No matter our political views, there are issues brought up by the 2016 U.S. election and current presidency that our children can learn from. As homeschoolers, we can help them learn about government through most of their homeschooling years, even without an official course. Continue reading »

HipHughes History

HipHughes History

“HipHughes History is a series of upbeat, personable and educational lectures designed for students and lifelong learners. Videos primarily focus on US History and Politics but span across World History and general interest. So sit back and enjoy the antics of HipHughes as he melds multimodality into a learning experience.”

HipHughes History is a YouTube channel with videos that cover both current events (presenting both sides of political issues) and historical events. Popular playlists include The Bill of Rights for Dummies, The Constitution for Dummies, and World History. Videos are geared toward high school students and occasionally use mild language, so preview for suitability for your family. Continue reading »

Teach with Documents

Teach with Documents

In school and in life, the ability to evaluate sources is crucial for determining whether information is factual. The National Archives has put together a group of lessons and resources for teachers to Teach With Documents. Docs Teach includes ready to use activities as well as selected primary sources for teachers. Document Analysis Worksheet downloads will help students evaluate sources based on specific criteria. Continue reading »

TheHomeSchoolMom: Teaching Taxes to Kids

Homeschoolers and Tax Time

Tax time, in general, always provides a reminder to discuss how government works. Regular dinner table conversation at our house has always included tax issues. What is the world history of taxation? What is the U.S. history of taxation? How do governments justify their taxing authority? What services would our family miss if tax-funded agencies did not provide them? How would that differ from other families? Why is representation so important in a government that can tax its citizens? How was the American Revolution motivated by “taxation without representation?” How does “withholding” tax money from workers’ pay checks affect the impression tax payers have about their earnings and the amount of tax they pay? Continue reading »

TheHomeSchoolMom: Alice Paul

Alice Paul and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Election day is tomorrow and it got me thinking about how many people don’t bother to vote either because they don’t like the choices, they don’t think they can make a difference, or they simply don’t care. As a woman, I ponder the impact that Alice Paul and the women’s suffrage movement had on women’s rights. Women were jailed and beaten just up the road from me at what used to be the Occoquan Workhouse (later to be Lorton Federal Prison) in their fight for women to have the vote.
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