Unconventional Ways to Study Social Sciences

January 22nd, 2004 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Recommended Website:
Unconventional Ideas: Creative Ways To Learn History & Geography

Let me tell you right up front that this is NOT the usual ClickSchooling featured website. There are no bells and whistles, no lesson plans, and no interactive games. What you will find at this site are the ideas of one, John Andersen, who has learned with his family in unconventional ways. He has written his ideas for igniting your kids’ learning passion about subjects like geography, history, and government, and then he provides some practical suggestions for how to follow through by using community resources like museums, learning clubs, eye-witnesses, and volunteering. He also provides an interesting account of how his family did exactly that in an article titled “From a Recent Family Field Trip: A Capitol and A Stately Home.”

At the bottom of the page, click on the link that says, “Stuff for the History Buff.” A new page opens to a menu of articles by Andersen on ways his family has learned history together. The articles are really well-written, and if you take the time to read them, they may inspire you to create similar experiences for your own family.

At the bottom of the page, you will see a link titled, “Unconventional Ideas.” Click on it to explore the rest of this website that includes a section titled “Unconventional Family Travel,” as well as think-outside-the-box views on sustainable urban living, college, car-free living, cell phones and more. While you may disagree with some of his views, they are thought-provoking, and may provide fodder for family discussions on a variety of social issues.


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