History and Social Studies

History Comes Alive at Willow

Why Willow is a Great Home School Education Alternative

History is taught at Willow through an interdisciplinary, experiential approach. Our concept is a great home school education alternative because it takes the best of traditional school curriculum combined with the freedom home-schools have to immerse children in thematic learning and visiting relevant historical places. In addition, our history curriculum exceeds National Standards.

At Willow, history is taught on a rotational basis. Each year, one of the time periods below becomes the focus for the entire year:

  • American History 1775 – 1900
  • American History 1900 – 2001
  • Ancient History 3000 BCE – 500 CE
  • World History 1400 – 1900 CE

In addition to one of the above, each year, children learn about civics, politics, the Constitution and current events

Many field trips are scheduled throughout the year to deepen the children’s understanding of a chosen historical time period, a great home school education alternative. Some of the places we have visited include:

  1. Washington DC
  2. Jamestown, VA
  3. Monticello,Charlottesville, VA
  4. Williamsburg, VA
  5. Tallahassee, FL
  6. Gainesville, FL
  7. St. Augustine, FL

Social Studies Ignited

Project Based Learning at Willow

Social studies thematic units are designed as projects which typically take one to three months. These thematic projects are rotated on a three to four-year cycle.

What is Project Based Learning (PBL)?

Project-based Learning (PBL) is a model for classroom activity that shifts away from the classroom practices of short, isolated, teacher-centered lessons and instead emphasizes learning activities that are:

  • long-term
  • interdisciplinary
  • student-centered
  • integrated with real world issues

Social study themes may include:

  • Learning about self and family
  • Our community
  • Florida History
  • Native Americans
  • Pirates
  • Dinosaurs

Project Based Learning provides opportunities for students to pursue personal interests and questions and make decisions about how they will find answers and solve problems.

Students are frequently responsible for designing projects they work on, as well as the criteria and assessment used to judge these.

 

In addition, current events and basic government/civics are studied each year.