History/Social Studies

Professor Carol

Professor Carol is a former college music professor, now providing online courses in music history and appreciation. You can purchase a membership to her website and get access to all courses, or buy some of them individually. There is an associate membership option to try out the materials for free. The blog includes some fun information and links to great videos on Youtube. This is a great resource for arts and history study.

The Student's Friend

This is a great free resource for world history. The main feature is a concise narrative of world history that can be downloaded or viewed online. It's a no-frills text with just a few maps and pictures, but loads of information. There are also lesson plans, ideas for projects and writing assignments, and rubrics to go with them. A truly useful place to begin planning a world history course for jr. high or high school students.

Silverdale Press

This company publishes a few unit studies on topics related to American government and writing, designed for use by jr. high and high school level students. They have a Charlotte Mason/Classical feel to them and appear to be well written and thorough. There is also a blog with other ideas for lessons and activities. 

National Constitution Center

This museum in Philadelphia has a great website with lots of educational resources. The interactive constitution lets you read articles and amendments alongside commentary from different historic and legal experts. There is also a collection of videos and lesson plans, and a few other interactive activities and games, plus primary source documents and even some craft ideas.

Game Learning

This company is developing immersive computer games to teach history. Currently only two games are available, but many more are coming. You can try out demos, and the subscription price is very reasonable. You can even make suggestions of historical events to be used in future games!

National Archives

The education section of the British National Archives has a nice collection of classroom resources. There are lessons with primary sources from the archives and discussion questions, sets of lessons around various themes, and a few online games. You can search the collection by age level or historical time period. 

Letters From Afar

This subscription service sends a monthly letter describing the adventures of a fictional explorer. The letters are copies of hand painted/written originals, and addressed by hand. Looks like a very interesting way to learn about history and geography, and certainly affordable at $6/month.

Cultured Owl

These learning kits on different countries are designed to promote global citizenship. They contain information booklets, recipes and crafts, a flag and a toy from each country. Buy a single kit, or save money with a package and choose the countries you want.

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