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Bill of Rights, Singing Science, High School Civics

By Heather Idoni

Added Friday, August 22, 2008

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 9 No 67 August 22, 2008
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2008 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net

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Notes from Heather
-- Bill of Rights Education
Winning Website
-- Singing Science Records
Reader Question
-- High School Civics
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Notes from Heather

Resource for Teaching about the Bill of Rights


Sometimes there is just so much to see at homeschool conventions
-- and so little time!

Curriculum choices can seem overwhelming and very often it is
easy to miss those little treasures and overlook areas of study
when you are putting together your own curriculum.

Our reader question this week has to do with recommendations for
high school civics/government. One little gem of a resource we
have used is called "You Decide" -- from the Critical Thinking
Company. Had a friend not recommended it, I never would have
known about it -- so I wanted to be sure to share it with you.

This workbook allows the student to examine Supreme Court cases
and then make their own decisions about how to rule on them. Then
you get to read about the actual rulings that resulted in amend-
ments to our Constitution. We've had some great discussions
come out of analyzing these cases -- and you really get a feel
for how it all works. (It is particularly fun when you have a
child who loves to debate and is intent on swaying your opinion!)

Here is the direct link to read more or to purchase:



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Winning Website

Singing Science Records


"Singing Science records were 6 albums produced in the late 50's
and early 60's, with science instruction put to popular music,
riffs on popular or genre music of the day. You can download all
the songs at the website.

The sampling of songs to which I listened seemed fun and memorable,
though the music is what you would expect it to be given the date
of release. The basic science facts are still the same so content
is still accurate and relevant. It will certainly add some fun
and laughter to science lessons! A great idea would be to have
children copy down the information presented in the song and then
write and perform their own, up-to-date sounding science song."

-- Heather F. in TN

Last Issue's Reader Question

"Does anyone have any suggestions on what materials I could use to
teach High School civics? I'm starting off with Drive Thru History
America: Foundations of Character by David Barton and Nita Thomason,
a DVD from Focus on the Family.

I'm not even sure if this is where I should be starting, but the
kids seem to like it! Any suggestions would be appreciated."
-- Sally S.

Our Readers' Responses

"I have heard good things about Great Source American Government.


It is a one semester course for high school." -- Chris E.


"We are using the LIFEPAC Electives Civics course from Alpha Omega.
It is a one semester course." -- Mindy

Answer our NEW Question

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daughters (ages 12, 10 and 8) take instrumental music at our local
public school. Has anyone ever enrolled their children in extra-
curricular classes at their local public school? How did it work
out? Would you recommend it? I do understand that answers will
vary based on school district, however I just want to get some
advice." -- Phyllis in MI


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