You are invited to a free webinar by they dynamic duo of Ray and Charlene Notgrass of Notgrass History. They are both real homeschoolers themselves, with a passion for helping others homeschool successfully, and a passion for serving the Lord. Ray has two Master's degrees in History and New Testament, so he and his wife are uniquely qualified to help you consider a Christian's response to high school history. My staff members, and close friends, Robin and Anita, have both used Notgrass History with their own children. Easy to implement and independent, they loved the curriculum, and their children did too! Please join me for this online workshop to learn more about why history is important, and how it's impacted by our understanding of scripture.
Teaching High School Social Studies with Confidence
by Ray and Charlene Notgrass of Notgrass History
Why do we need to know about history? Why should we study other cultures? How does the Bible relate to our understanding of social studies? How can parents teach with confidence? Ray and Charlene answer these questions and highlight some of the important people, events, and ideas that have shaped our world. Find out how to make high school much more rewarding than simply fulfilling requirements.
Ray and Charlene Notgrass are followers of Jesus and veteran homeschooling parents. They met at Middle Tennessee State University in the political science department. After graduating they were married in 1974. Ray went on to earn master’s degrees in history and New Testament. Ray and Charlene are lifelong history lovers and began writing homeschool curriculum in 1999. Through their company, Notgrass History , they have written and published curriculum for students in elementary, middle school, and high school. They enjoy classic literature, traveling together, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
1. Electives for Gifted Learners
It helps gifted learners stay challenged so that they continue moving forward and don’t get bored. One way to find electives for gifted learners is to make sure that you find a mentor – somebody that can understand what they’re talking about and give them what they need educationally. When my son, Kevin, was playing chess, we could not keep up with that at all. We were very fortunate to find a chess mentor for him who ultimately hired him as a chess coach.
Electives are great for gifted learners because it’s what gets them a letter of recommendation that can help them get scholarships and get into special programs. It also gives them some career discovery options so that they can think about whether they’ll like working at a Think Tank or like writing books for publication. As they go through their electives, they’re actually deciding whether they like things enough to do things as a job or not.
For example, if your child doesn’t want to do school at all and instead would prefer going to the local driving range and mow yards, then that’s a great elective as they do their Occupational Education while moving yards at the golf course. It can help them with their career discovery because they may decide that no matter what they do as an adult, they have to be outside all the time. Or they may decide that they don’t want to be outside and want a desk job.
2. Electives for Struggling Learners
Primarily electives can show students what they’re good at. Struggling learners often are faced with what they struggle in all the time that they can start to feel that they’re not smart. By providing these electives, it can show them what they’re really good at. One of my friends’ son started working as a barista at Starbucks, and it wasn’t until he was working at Starbucks that he started that he was actually smart regardless of his struggling areas of major dyslexia and was able to be very successful.
Again, these electives that they do can be a source for their letter of recommendation and for their career discovery. For example, that same barista realized that that was not going to be what he had to do as he worked there. He was perfectly capable of doing pretty much anything he wanted to once he realized how smart he was and actually went to get a business degree.