Did you like history as a child?
I didn’t. I was quite ignorant on the whole subject. I mean, after all, the people are dead. Why do I want to know about them? I want to know about now.
Yes, that was my teenage selfish mentality.
Now? I hope I am much wiser. I hope that I can help my kids see the importance of history!
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
The more we have dug into history as homeschoolers, the more I am aware of how much I don’t want us as a society to repeat!
We lose sight of why the things we take for granted today was so worth the battle then!
(I am linking up to share our history thoughts with Highhill Education).
Text books are obvious… but boring. really, they are.
Unit Studies has to be the most hands on fun ever!
One of my favorite resources for this style is:
Homeschool in the woods.
The benefits of Unit Studies:
Makes history fun.
Learn a variety of subjects while studying history; such as writing, cooking, crafts, math, science, etc..
Is adaptable for all ages, thus one curriculum, multiple ages allowed.
What we currently use for History
Living books. We use history biographies from the RC book list.
I consider these “original source texts”, meaning it is written far enough back in history to have not been watered down for convenience or agendas.
The benefits of Biographies:
Makes history come alive.
Learn a variety of subjects including social studies, geography, health, and cultural awareness (to name just a few).
Gives details rather than quick facts.
All ages can listen in.
but includes character traits such as reaching for your dreams (Christopher wanting to discover new land),
the struggles (getting a country to finance that dream),
peer pressure (being a Godly man with a cruel and sinful crew),
and having cultural awareness (learning about the Indians life style),
You also hear about the end of the story. How Columbus died. It is complete learning.
Science could also come from this book as you will learn about the terrain (geology) and their most difficult winters (meteorology).
The book also teaches about strategy and critical thinking skills.
Doing this as a family read aloud after lunch is relaxing.
It also brings up good conversations at our dinner table.
What favorite history time era fascinates you?