Category Archives: History & Social Studies

SEA Homeschoolers have tips and information for secular homeschoolers about learning history. All the articles in this section meet the Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers’ definition for what constitutes secular history.

July 27th, 2020 by 
Fantasy Map-Making Workshop For kids who love fantasy, maps, art, and making! Join Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT for a hands-on workshop to explore hand-drawn, relief, and printed maps. Examples of maps from literature, science, and media will be explored, both within the fantasy genre and the real historical maps they are inspired from. The four sessions will also include discussions on storytelling and design, map-making techniques, and using a variety of materials. This is a fun and engaging class that encourages personal creativity and skill-building! Taught by Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT Enroll NowWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: …
June 25th, 2020 by 
Research Bootcamp for Parents Critical thinking, analyzation, and resource management are all essential skills for any learner. In this Research Boot Camp for parents, we’ll be focused on how to research accurately and efficiently using the plethora of resources available, how to identify credible sources and examine bias, and use this knowledge to help your learners dive deeply into the subjects they are passionate about. There are three Level of the Research Boot Camp The Middle School Research Boot camp will cover the basic foundation of solid research skills as well as building the knowledge students will need for high …
June 18th, 2020 by 
Human Origins: Human Evolution from Prehistory to the Agricultural Revolution Many history books leave out prehistory (the time before written records), but the study of human evolution is essential to understanding how we became capable of everything that followed. In this class, students will explore how our prehistory sets the stage for how humans adapted to their environments and formed communities before the Agricultural Revolution, when humans began building villages and farming their food source. This class is multidisciplinary, weaving history, art, science, and more through discussion, research and writing assignments, and hands-on projects. Taught by Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT …
June 10th, 2020 by 
Protest Songs through History: A Reading, Writing, and Listening Project If music is the pulse of a generation, then the times our hearts have been racing are captured in protest songs. We can learn so much not only about the events that inspired these emotional, passionate displays but also about how music offers a platform for people who feel otherwise unheard. This class uses Dorian Lynskey’s book 33 Revolutions per Minute to explore 12  protest songs ranging from 1939-2008. Learners will explore pieces like Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” Carl Bean’s “I Was Born This Way,” Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” and …
April 7th, 2020 by 
What is Intersectionality? "Intersectionality" is an important concept today that helps us to understand how social differences and categories affect how people live their lives. In this course, we will discuss how this concept brings together gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIAA+ studies, and other ideas to better explain how the same thing in society can be very different across people. Taught by Sabrina Weiss Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: June 29-July 12 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age Range: 14+ Total Price: $40 Full Class Description "Intersectionality" is an important concept today that helps us to understand how …
March 31st, 2020 by 

Pandemics – Unit Study Several days ago Pandia Press reached out to Pandia authors & SEA Homeschoolers Samantha Matalone Cook, Amy Sharony, Lindsey Sodano, and Blair Lee and asked us to collaborate on a unit study focused on the history and science of the causes, cures, and responses of pandemics. Here it is as a direct download. We worked to create something usable for a large grade range. Much of the science is excerpted, rearranged, and edited (to be specific for this topic) from RSO Biology 2. All the rest is newly written. Even the science has some new labs …

July 2nd, 2019 by 

I’ve been leading a class that I created called Making Through History for almost two years, and it has been one of the best teaching experiences I have ever had. The class explores history and the humanities through the art and invention that expressed the values and aspirations of people in a specific time and place. These days STEM/STEAM education is all the rage, and we are told that our children can’t be prepared for the future without it. While I agree that technology and science literacy are essential to navigating the new economy, I would also argue that it …

May 3rd, 2019 by 

Are you thinking about how to approach history in your homeschool? Particularly if you are just starting out, it can seem like there are too many choices. Should you start with American history, or go chronologically? Should you buy a structured program or build your own, based off your child’s interests? I’ll be breaking down how to make decisions about history for your homeschool, and sharing my planning process plus a free printable chart along the way.

March 6th, 2018 by 

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.105″ background_layout=”light”] I believe in the complexity of the human story, and that there’s no way you can tell that story in one way and say, “this is it.” Always there will be someone who can tell it differently depending on where they are standing . . . this is the way I think the world’s stories should be told: from many different perspectives. secular homeschool history —“Chinua Achebe: The Art of Fiction CXXXVIV,” interview by Jerome Brooks in The Paris Review, Issue #133 (Winter 1994-5) History is traditionally taught through use of a single textbook. This …

March 10th, 2017 by 

Why Study History? History is our story, the record of our triumphs and tragedies. Without history, everything is new and surprising; history does not predict the future, but it narrows the possibilities. The best way to learn history is to immerse yourself in the study of it – through historical television dramas, movies, historical novels, and by reading history, particularly one that takes both a social and political approach. Children love learning what other children’s lives were like, but even older students (and adults) like their history to read like a novel. In teaching history, remember the twenty-year rule: do …

May 25th, 2015 by 

The Home School History Project: American Government “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana I interpret this quote to mean that through studying history people are less likely to repeat past mistakes. I think this is an important reason for studying history. In the United States the best way to accomplish this is by participating in the election process and at least voting. It disturbs me that young people, those who are likely to live the longest and therefore be affected the most by voting decisions made now, are not voting. It seems to me, they are …

January 2nd, 2015 by 

History: A Repeat of a Favorite Class and Volunteering The Course: A Brief History of Humankind: This is a Coursera course, https://class.coursera.org/humankind-002, that repeats regularly. It is the best history course I have ever taken. The instructor, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari, from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem comes across as brilliant, even as he makes history accessible to a lay person! There is a book as well, but Sean did not use it. I did though, http://www.ynharari.com/sapiens-the-book/short-overview/. I read it, referred to it, and made a series of questions from it to accompany each lecture. Sean got a lot more out of the class …