Parent Power: Have Your Kiddos Connect with History
The oldest has started to protest that she does not see the relevance in learning certain things. I do agree that not all material in school will be useful in life. However, the social studies teacher that lives deep down within me believes that history is most definitely always relevant. Most complaints about learning history usually stem from the fact that some children have no connection with how it all relates to their lives today. PTSY is here to help solve that problem with educational activities that not only kiddos can relate to, but that also enhance learning at home.
What will they comprehend? Time zones.
First have your high school scholar take a look at the World Clock. Ask them where would they like to visit? Is there a big difference in the time where you live and where they would like to go? They can review this video to help clarify how time zones work in the world.
Lastly, have your teen plan a trip, perhaps their dream spring break vacation. One rule: Wherever they go, they must cross the Greenwich Mean Time. Use Expedia to determine what time they will leave, and what time they will arrive. What will be the time difference? They may find this world time zone map helpful in their research.
What will they comprehend? Royals/Nobility vs. Common man. This will relate to any content your kiddo covers associated with the power of the monarchy in England, the relationship between people and their government and the role of constitutions.
Start with this quick review of how people in history have tired of being ruled by the wealthy.
Next, have your middle schooler listen to the song Royal, by Lorde. Then discuss with them lyrics from the song: For example: I've never seen a diamond in the flesh
I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies
And I'm not proud of my address,
In a torn-up town, no postcode envy And we'll never be royals (royals).
It don't run in our blood,
That kind of luxe just ain't for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule.
Let me live that fantasy. Ask them what do they think about the line ‘And we'll never be royals (royals).
It don't run in our blood’ and the idea of divine right of kings.
Lastly ask your middle school scholar if they think America has a divided society today, i.e. nobility vs. common man. If their answer is yes or no make sure they give you examples!
What will they comprehend? Summarize the goals and progress of Reconstruction in the United States. Do your kiddos need to first review the Civil War? No worries. Have them watch this episode of Liberty’s Kids ‘ Conflict in the South’
Then have them read the book Ellen's Broom
What will they comprehend? Recognize the ways that community helpers and businesses provide goods and services for families.
First start with reading the book, Busy, Busy Town Discuss the many different people in the community Who are the community helpers? Who are the business owners?
Lastly, when you go out and about ask your kindergartner to point out community helpers and which businesses provide services and good your household needs.
Here’s to Closing the Achievement Gap!