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Social Studies for High School

August 4, 2010

As I research the options for my youngest daughter’s upcoming high school years – she will be in Grade 9 in September – I am overwhelmed with all the possibilities for this one subject. Social Studies.

There are a few different areas within this one subject:

World View / Geography / History / Current Events / Timelines

I will be giving some possible resources to study each of these areas, but if you are looking for a High School Diploma from your province, I recommend you do some of your own research to find out what is required in your area. If you do a google search for your province’s education website there should be vast amounts of information to wade through! 🙂

Go grab a cup of coffee, a piece of banana bread, and find a comfy place to relax and read through the following options for Social Studies!


– Summit Ministries has Elementary, Middle, and High School curriculum to help the homeschool family develop a firm foundation in a Biblical Worldview. Their products include:

What We Believe Series – Elementary

Lightbearers – Middle School

Understanding the Times – High School

– Diana Waring has written a fantastic worldview / history program called Ancient Civilizations & the Bible. Designed for “digging deeper” into history, this curriculum allows students to both discover history from a Biblical worldview, and to explore history through various learning opportunities (reading, discussing, researching, music, art, architecture, science projects, cooking, journalism, drama, and more.


Blackline Maps of World History What better way to add to your history studies than to add quality maps to see where it is all happening! Makes learning historical geography fun and interesting.

The Geography Coloring book is a nice hands on way to study world geography at the high school level.


History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer is a lively and engaging narrative history showing the common threads in the cultures that gave birth to our own.

Canada: A People’s History DVD series- Canada as you’ve never seen it: a riveting account of our history through the eyes of the people who lived it. As culled from the rich resources of native oral history and the diaries and letters of the people who were there, these are the stories of the men and women who shaped this country, in their own words.

Omnibus Series from Veritas Press is a study of the great works from antiquity, teaching with the emphasis on ideas, not simply information. This well-thought-out, manageable tool, with daily lesson plans, will make teaching and interacting with the greatest works of Western Civilization both enjoyable and profitable.


Material World is a fascinating portrait of multicultural diversity and a preview of emerging issues raised by the impact of the global economy on the cultural heritage of the human community.

Uncle Eric Books are an interesting course on economics, law, politics, business, history, and more. What a fantastic way for our teens to get a solid foundation to become responsible, thinking adults.


One way to tie all your Social Studies units together is to create and maintain a timeline. This should be an ongoing project that your family (or individual student) uses for several years to “keep track” of when and where things happened.

Wonders of Old is one of my favourite timeline books. My daughter has been using this one for a couple years and it is becoming a keepsake book for her. She adds paintings, drawings, sketches, and text whenever she learns something new in her History lessons.

Adams’ SynChronological Chart of History – A vintage reproduction of this famous illustrated timeline of earth history first published in 1871. The foldout chart features detailed, full-color drawings of various stages of history, from Adam and Eve to the late 19th century, with handwritten commentary throughout.

Well, I hope that gives you a place to begin your research for teaching your high school student the various aspects of Social Studies. If you have other ideas or stories of success in your homeschool to encourage others, please add a comment… we’d LOVE to hear from you!!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Rose permalink
    August 21, 2010 6:13 pm

    Love the blog setup! Thx for the Social Studies suggestions – I didn’t realize CHER carried the “Canada: A Peoples History” dvd series. I think we’ll be ordering that this year.

    If you’re open to blog suggestions: perhaps a post focusing on the resources for science that are done from a secular (rather than Christian) worldview – there are a LOT of secular homeschoolers these days, yet not many bloggers/retailers (especially in Canada) that focus on this (growing) group.

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