Teaching civics in your homeschool can be a harrowing task. So I wanted to create a post that shows you the easiest (and mostly FREE) way to have a homeschool civics curriculum that you will all enjoy.
In Florida, Civics is taught in 7th grade (check out what we are doing for our 7th grade homeschool curriculum). But as we homeschool, I thought I would slowly try to introduce this incredibly important subject now. For reference, if he were in public school he would have just started 6th grade.
For us, this is something we are learning as a family.
We have only been in the USA for just over 3 years, and the politics are completely different from the UK. We of course watched all of the presidential elections in the UK, without having any understanding of what was happening. But now we are here, and loving it, by the way, we NEED to understand how the US government works.
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Civics Homeschool Curriculum
There are a number of shows we watch that discuss civics without it being an actual lesson! These are our favorites! We do a lot of workbooks so it is nice to feel like you are having downtime while you are still learning!
CNN 10 News – we just love Carl Azuz and watch his 10-minute news show every morning while eating breakfast. It is only on during term time though, so we missed him during the summer months. But he is back on again now the schools are back.
Curiosity Stream – we watch a lot of documentaries here and it is a favorite in our homeschool.
Crash Course – another favorite, this is a link to U.S. Government and Politics
All about elections online unit study is an excellent way to learn about the American electoral process with nine interactive web-based lessons. Perfect for kids in older elementary to middle school.
Spend 4 weeks with kids of all ages learning all about the American government with this download-and-go unit study.
My Teaching Library has so many awesome printables on the American government.
These free government worksheets are perfect for younger kids.
For younger kids, I also love these free Bill of Rights for kids coloring pages.
FREE if I were President worksheet is a perfect exercise when learning all about civics.
Free Presidents Day coloring pages – with all US Presidents
If you are looking for a Government curriculum then we highly recommend this one from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum, great for high school credit.
ICivics is a completely free homeschool curriculum with a mission to champion non-partisan civic education so that the practice of democracy is learned by each new generation.
Another reason I love I Civics is, of course, that it is FREE, but also, they show you all the standards for your state.
So for us being in Florida, it shows me what standards they would be following in public school. Now I know I don’t really care as I homeschool! BUT, I do like to have a rough idea of what they are doing, so we don’t fall behind.
What Are Civics?
Before I go any further I thought I would cover what civics actually are! I thought I should actually find out what civics is before I decide to teach it!!
The study of the rights and duties of citizenship.
Ok actually, I possibly didn’t need to google it, it is fairly obvious! But I just wanted to put it out there, just in case you were a little unsure like I was!
Civics Books for Middle School
We love books, I sort of wish we didn’t, as I am running out of space! But for us to have the books to look over regularly definitely helps us to retain the information.
Check out our favorite children’s books about presidents for more ideas.
180 Days of Social Studies: Grade 6 – Daily Social Studies Workbook – we have this book, it is very basic, but we like it as it covers the subjects in small chunks.
The Infographic Guide to American Government: A Visual Reference for Everything You Need to Know
Mark Twain Media Understanding the U.S. Constitution Workbook—Grades 5-12 American History, the Birth of the Constitution, Amendments, Legislative, Executive, Judicial Branches
Scholastic’s Guide to Civics: How America Works: Understanding Your Government and How You Can Get Involved
Usborne Politics for Beginners I would recommend this if you are teaching an elementary-aged child. It is an excellent book to learn the basics.
Political Board Games
We love educational board games, it just breaks up our time from sitting reading booksl! These are our favorite political board games that will help you with your homeschool civics curriculum:
Election Night! Win your way to the White House!
Deplorables! Red V. Blue Election Game. Bipartisan Game
Another important subject that is often missed is financial literacy for kids, check out our favorite resources.
Last Updated on 20 November 2022 by homeschoolof1