For our history class, while I think Story of the World is amazing, I noticed that there was not a ton of focus on social studies and geography. Makes sense though since it is a history book. So, I went on the hunt for a social studies curriculum. I came across 180 Days of Social Studies. We have used the kinder and 1st grade versions. I think these are great and cover quite a lot so I have kept it going for 2nd grade. Just like with the other ones I wish the book was in color. It would make it more fun for our daughter to do I think. A great thing about this book is that it has 36 weeks worth of lessons and you only do 1 page a day. Now, if you have read before we have a 47 week school year but I do have the booklet spaced out to use throughout our whole school year. There are 4 main topics that this book goes over and those are history, civics, geography and economics.
There are a bunch of things covered in the 2nd grade version of 180 Days of Social Studies. It goes over things long ago vs how things are today, how we got firefighter and police officers. There is a good amount of work on the US government. If you are not in the US or not learning about the US then this curriculum would not be for you as it is US based and all the information in it is related to the US. 1st grade version of 180 Days covered goods and services but 2nd grade really expands on those. Another thing that is heavy in this booklet is the mapwork. There are a bunch of lessons on using maps and making them which is a great skill to have. I love that it includes famous people that helped influence America; both male and female. It expands on resources and how to be a good citizen. There are also lessons on our rights and freedoms as Americans as well as American symbols.
If you have already gone over these topics then maybe check out grade 3 or 4 of 180 Days of Social Studies. Our daughter does like this booklet. There is not a lot of work on each page so it can be completed pretty quickly. Somethings we do go more in-depth with by using Google. I would also check before you do the cut and paste pages because they often come on pages where you still have the back side of the page to do. I do recommend this booklet if you need to supplement for social studies but I would not use it as the sole history curriculum since it does not cover everything that a child should learn for history. I got this booklet off of Amazon. What do you use for social studies? Let us know in the comment section below.