Up until now we have just been using Story of the World for our history/social studies class. However, I felt like we were missing something so I went searching for the thing that would fill the gaps we had. I came upon 180 Days of Social Studies so I thought I would check it out. Since we had not used it for kindergarten I decided to start with that booklet before moving on to the 1st grade one to make sure we were not missing anything. What I really like about this curriculum is that it is US based. So, all of the holidays and historical things mentioned are about the US. If you live outside of the states then I would recommend looking into a different curriculum for social studies. A downside to this booklet is that it is in black and white. I would prefer it to be in color so that it comes to life more.
We have done 7 weeks worth of this curriculum so far. Since it is so easy for our daughter I did not see a reason to do just one page a day. Every topic has 1 weeks worth of work. It equals out to one page a day for 5 days. What is nice is that it goes over a lot of different things. From good behavior to helping the community and community helpers. This curriculum has it all. It goes over 4 areas: history, geography, civics and economics. If your child is not into writing yet then this would be great for them. With the 7 weeks we have done so far there is no writing. They just circle the answers to the questions or draw a picture. This is perfect for kindergarteners. We had been using a booklet that was similar called Skill Sharpeners Geography. That one is in color and does go over different things. At the end of each lesson there is an activity in Skill Sharpeners but after using 180 Days of Social Studies we will be switching. I do have both booklets for the next few grades so we will continue to use both.
There are other versions of 180 Days curriculum we have not tried them. I would try them out if I felt like our other subjects were missing something but I think the rest of our school work is prefect. I would definitely recommend getting 180 Days of Social Studies especially if you are just using Skill Sharpeners. It covers so much and since it is 180 days worth of work you can do one page a day. Our school year is a bit longer since we school year round so when we finish it I will go onto the 1st grade book but after that stop and leave the 2nd grade booklet for when we start 2nd grade. If you have used any of the other versions of 180 Days how did you like them? Were they sufficient enough to not use any other curriculum alongside it? Let me know in the comment section below.
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