Monday, May 23, 2011

Pearson Social Studies~ A review


Pearson Education

I have been reviewing Scott Foresman Social Studies- All Together 1st Grade Social Studies with my 6 year old this past little while.


What it is?

Scott Foresman Social Studies is commonly known as a standard textbook curriculum.


The book starts off with some quick lessons on what Social Studies is. 

  • History
  • Economics
  • Science and Technology
  • Geography
  • Culture
  • Citizenship
  • Government
  • National Symbols

These are quick 2 page spread lessons with many pictures and some discussion points.


It is divided into 6 units each with 4-6 lessons in each unit.    It is intended to last 9 months (a full traditional school year) by doing it about 15 minutes once a week.  You can learn about their quick planning overview by watching this video


The Units are

  1. Time for School
  2. In My Community
  3. Work! Work! Work!
  4. Our Earth, Our Resources
  5. This is Our Country
  6. Our Country, Our World

Each Unit begins with a song, and a vocabulary preview.   Each Unit also has Reading Social Studies and Map or Chart/ Graph skills. Some even have Thinking Skills.


There is also a section on Citizenship Skills, Research Skills, and Geography Skills.  Spread throughout the lessons are quick biographies as well.



It is actually the Social Studies, Reading and Math curriculum used at the public school my children used to attend. 

What is supposed to set this curriculum apart is that is has online resources and activities to use with each unit.


How we used it:

We read and discussed a lesson a day.  It really leads to many discussions.    There are many Try it! Activities and we also did those. 


My thoughts: 

It is a beautiful book!  It has many full color pictures.  It is not like a reading book.  It leads to many opportunities for discussions.    It honestly has quite a textbook feel (did I mention it is a textbook). 


I am not sure that you need a textbook to teach your child social studies, however this book opened up many opportunities for discussion and it had some hands on activities that Katey enjoyed.   


Here she is working on drawing a neighborhood.



This book is able to keep Katey’s attention.  And it does lead to many “rabbit trails” for us. 


I will leave this book on the bookshelf for us to pull out as we feel like it, but I will not be incorporating this into her regular everyday curriculum. 


I think this book may work best for a family that is new to homeschooling or nervous that you are covering enough information.  It could be used as a reference type book.  You also may like this book if you like textbooks in your homeschool. 



This book costs $43.47 There website is a little hard to navigate so here is the order page


As they are geared toward bigger schools, they have so many other items for sell, teachers manuals, blackline masters, vocabulary, leveled readers and more.  Check out their order page to see all of it and the prices.


Pearson Education can be found at their website here.

Here is their contact page as well.



Others reviewed this as well check out this post to see what they had to say.


I am blessed to review many products for TOS Crew this product was one of those. 


{I have not or will not receive any compensation for this review.  All opinions expressed herein are my own and your experience may differ.}

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