Current Events Resources

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“Oh, you homeschool?  Your children won’t know about the real world…”  Blah, blah, blah.

As home educators we have a huge advantage when it comes to teaching world events as they unfold.  We are not limited to only an occasional news study.  We are not tied to a lesson plan that leaves no room to learn about something important happening.  Homeschoolers (for the most part) are highly aware of the “real world”.

For our family, world current events always has a part in our weekly studies.  Current events lessons can inspire prayer projects, set the stage for discussions/debates,  lead to geography/culture studies, and make great essay/report assignments.  It’s so very important for all of us to know what’s happening in the world.  Even as we “shelter” the children,  through current events studies they will gain knowledge of the world.  Also, they will understand some of the reasons why we are “sheltering” them.

For record keeping purposes, current events counts towards social studies and will often include other subjects such as reading comprehension, geography, arts, science, history, politics, and religion, too.

This past week  I was asked to share some resources for adding current event studies to the homeschooling curriculum.  Below are the links  to free online current events sites for kids .  The ones with the * in front of them are sites that our family frequently uses, the others were recommended by other homeschoolers.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/

http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/

*  http://www.timeforkids.com/

www.studentnewsdaily.com

* http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/

*  http://www.youngzine.org/

*  http://www.dogonews.com/

http://magazines.scholastic.com/

http://news.discovery.com/adventure/tags/kids.htm

http://htekidsnews.com/

K-12 Current Event Resources from the Smithsonian  http://tweentribune.com/

Daily News Videos for Kids (You can view without signing up, but sign up is free and you can receive more resources.)  http://www.channelone.com/

And here’s a couple of  additional links we like to follow with our current event studies.  Sometimes we just need some good news or at least know what those of Christian faith are actively doing about the bad news.  (Sometimes I choose not to include the younger boys, as the articles can occasionally be mature and graphic.)

*  http://www.persecution.com/

*  http://www.samaritanspurse.org/

http://gospelforasia-reports.org/

There’s a few free current event printable worksheets and templates to choose from  here (you’ll need an account, but it’s free and a site that will be good to have for resources for any subject or grade level)  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:current+events/Grade-Level/Homeschooler/Price-Range/Free

For updates and articles concerning teaching, parenting, and education, The Native Speaker’s Academy has awesome weekly posts.  http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8fb495371ca5be23e1601ecc0&id=44fb271459&e

Do you have a favorite resource for current event studies?  Do you have a neat way your family includes current events into the homeschooling week?  Please share in the comments, inquiring minds will want to know!

betty jo

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9 thoughts on “Current Events Resources

  1. Nan

    Thankyou so much for the time and love you put into the Homeschool community. We appreciate all you do! And congrats on being the featured freebie at Homeschool Freebie of the Day!

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  2. reformed4christ

    Thank you so much for sharing these resources! My husband and I are very much about teaching our son about current events, especially because we find it so important to stay informed about what is going on around us, both locally and globally. 🙂 Wonderful post!

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  3. Rebecca

    I have been using Photos of the Day at csmonitor.com (link on the right side) for a quick look at people and traditions and news from around the world. Sometimes the editorial cartoons are very good for starting a discussion as well.

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    1. Betty Jo Post author

      I love the idea of a “Photo of the Day”. Thank you for sharing the link! I looked through some of them, and gosh, there’s some strange stuff!

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  4. Yemi Brown

    I throughly enjoy your site and am very encouraged by it, so thank you very much. I would love to incorporate current events into our homeschool and would love to know how you make this happen. Do you do this as a family or do you have your children work alone and give an oral report? Anyone else who wants to chime in would be most helpful. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Betty Jo Post author

      Yemi, we read current event stories as a family. Usually once a week, the kids will either write an editorial type essay on the news story of their choice, or explain (orally) the issue of a news story and make predictions about what should follow. We keep a world map handy as we learn current events, too. Thanks for visiting and I appreciate your kind words.

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