Monkey enters fourth grade this year, and until recently, we didn’t do a whole lot for history and social studies beyond what we picked up in other books. But now that Monkey is getting older, we plan to add more focus in history. This year, since we are reading Harry Potter, we’ve decided to study British history.
Because we didn’t have much focus on history before, our history supply list is sadly lacking; so this year, I’m beefing up what we have for both social studies and history.
If you are new to homeschooling, or just want to improve your history and social study supplies, you may want to add some of these essential supplies for homeschooling history and social studies to your classroom this year.
Essential Supplies for Homeschooling for History and Social Studies
- A big timeline poster– use a timeline for whatever you are studying that year (when I was a kid, I spent a long time studying the timeline we had on our walls)
Historical and age-appropriate biographies (last year, we read a lot of these)
Historical novels set in the period you are studying
States and capitols info (I like song-based studies like this one)
A book on state history and government (we live in Texas, so I like this one)
Book on national government
Historical costumes (sometimes we make our own from clothing and cloth we have at home)
Museum visits (some kids find museums boring, but Monkey and I love them. The jury is still out on Bo)
A good dictionary (we always find strange words and terms when learning about history, so we used a dictionary to see what they mean! This is the one Monkey has, and she has worn it out almost completely)
Our favorite books for history and social studies
We love all history, but we are especially fond of history books that celebrate people who are often left out of history books, such as minorities and women.
Since this is our first year really getting into social studies and history, I could use your help, too!
What are the essential supplies for homeschooling history and social studies at your house?