Learning about the US government is super important, but even more so for us. We are from the UK and now living permanently in America. And wow, do you guys like talking about politics! Only kidding, we all do, it is just in our nature to have an opinion! Having an understanding of politics is so important, and therefore finding a homeschool government curriculum is crucial.
How can you have a discussion, well an educated discussion about something that you know nothing about?
We wanted, no sorry, needed to find a government curriculum that was going to help.
If you live in certain states (not Florida) you have mandated subjects and government is one of them for high school, so you don’t have a choice. Check the HSLDA website to check your state. But I think it is such an important subject that ALL children will benefit from it.
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Although we are just finishing up in grade 6, we are starting to think about high school credits. As we were so intrigued about the US government it was a no-brainer to try and find a government curriculum that would also give a high school credit.
On our search to find a homeschool government curriculum I came across Principles and Precepts of Government and it was just what we were looking for.
Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum offers a high school Principles and Precepts of Government (full course kit) which gives 0.5 high school credit. This was an absolute win-win for us. Not only is he going to be getting high school credits, but he will also actually start to understand the US government.
This government curriculum comes with three chapters, each with an activity book, textbook, and answer sheets.
- Evolution of Government
- Emergence of US Government
- Establishment of US Government
- Exploring the constitution
- Analyzing the Bill of Rights
- Modern US Government
- Exploring US Government
- Rights & Responsibilities of US Citizens
- Parliamentary Procedure
This is one of the electives we are taking in grade 7, (we started it a little early as we were so keen to start) we are about a third of the way through, and he is really enjoying it. I mean really enjoying it. I was quite surprised, I know he likes reading (and there is a lot of reading) but he actually looks forward to doing this curriculum.
What’s even better is that there is 15% OFF & FREE shipping on all PAC print-based, full course kits with coupon code PACIHN22. But be quick as this offer expires on 8/31/2022.
What’s the Difference Between Government & Civics?
We have looked at a homeschool civics curriculum previously and actually what we were really looking for was a government curriculum. They are similar, but one focuses more on people and the other focuses more on history.
- Civics studies the rights, responsibilities, and duties of a citizen (legal system rights; voting; method of representation; etc.), and the parts of government that address citizenship (how to become a citizen; the different branches of government and how citizens access them; etc.) think “people/government”.
- Government usually includes learning about different types of government (monarchy, oligarchy, democracy, socialism, communism, etc.), the branches of your country’s specific government, and some of the history of how that system of government came to be, think “history/government”.
Free Government Worksheets
We have put together some free government worksheets for younger children that you can learn about and have fun with:
- 13 Government worksheets perfect for younger elementary-aged children.
- Bill of Rights for kids coloring pages
- George Washington worksheets for lower elementary-aged children.
- If I were President worksheet is a great one for upper elementary and middle school-aged kids.
Last Updated on 7 April 2022 by homeschoolof1