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Old 04-10-2019, 01:29 PM   #1
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Story of the World

Mystery of History.

A Little History of the World by Gombrich

A Child's History of the World by Hillyer

The Story of Mankind by Van Loon

The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.com/bitesize

Heart of Dakota

BJU Geography

Notgrass American History & Notgrass Word History

CNN 10 https://www.cnn.com/cnn10

Big Fat Notebook for World History (American perspective) https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Ne...8DV7VKB204MVEP

Big Fat Notebook for American History https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Ne...QM5SVCCNVTN71Z
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Old 04-10-2019, 07:21 PM   #2
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Twice we've done a big-picture overview of world history using:

* A Little History of the World: Illustrated Edition by E. H. Gombrich
* A Child's History of the World by V. M. Hillyer

We tried a third time through using Hendrik Willem Van Loon's The Story of Mankind, but it was so bad we gave it up early on.

This year we've been exploring the world using The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid. It has been an excellent and enjoyable launching point for all sorts of geography and social studies.
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Default Re: Social Studies (history, geography, civics, etc) -- Please share what you've use

I'm not sure if this quite fits into this category, but BBC Bitesize has lots of video clips that cover subjects like history, geography and religion (and also other subjects, including lots of science clips). Some of them are now quite dated, and they are based on the English national curriculum, but nevertheless there is quite a large range of video clips so you may find something that fits in with what you're studying. In case it helps anyone, these are how the key stages correspond to age ranges:
Foundation Stage (FS) - under 5
Key Stage 1 (KS1) - 5-7 years
Key Stage 2 (KS2) - 7-11 years
Key Stage 3 (KS3) - 11-14 years
Key Stage 4 (KS4) - 14-16 years
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Elementary/Middle

Story of the World
Heart of Dakota

High School
Heart of Dakota
BJU Geography
Notgrass American History
Notgrass Word History
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We start each morning by watching CNN 10, "a 10-minute digital news show that explains global news to a global audience." This has been another significant launching point for various social studies (geography, politics, history, etc).
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