I will be meeting students twice a week for one hour each session. Our school year will be @180 days, Can you recommend a good weekly goal for going through the curriculum, and then specifically The Story of Liberty curriculum? Kerry, Budding Historian a
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Regardless of the curriculum, my goal the first few weeks is to establish a good rapport with students. I try to accomplish this by learning their names and getting to know at least one thing they like to do. I also like them to know each other's names and to learn something about each other. Another goal I have is to establish a clear and obvious method how I assign the homework, making it crystal clear to all involved. Regardless of the age, I spend a little extra time playing the Go Fish/Collect the Cards games. I like having the students converse in a non-threatening environment before we have any discussions on history/government/economics.
Beyond this beginning, to directly answer your question about The Story of Liberty, I would try to teach about two chapters per week. This means, that for some chapters, you may decide to skip some of the workbook activities. With a smaller group of students (under 15 or so), I would make sure I have students complete the Unit Activities completely, and I try to spend time with students on the Socratic discussions. You will have to establish your homework policy with the parents, deciding about how much time students will spend on homework each week. Another important thing....when you read a primary source document the first time I strongly recommend you read it out loud and answer the questions out loud. Some students may not be used to reading these and it may be difficult.
Here is a link to our online classes, which I highly recommend! You could suggest these courses to students who won't be studying American Government and Economics with you.
I will include your question and my answer on my newsletter this week! Thank you so much for your questions.
John De Gree
John De Gree writes the current events with a look at the history of each topic. Articles are written for the young person, aged 10-18, and Mr. De Gree carefully writes so that all readers can understand the event. The perspective the current events are written in is Judeo-Christian.
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