I have to admit, that history is just one of my all time favorite subjects. I enjoy studying the events of the past as well as the people, architecture, clothing, tools, and even foods of by gone days. So, when it comes time for history in our homeschool… well… things can get pretty crazy! We love doing project based history for our elementary and middle schoolers… and then our highschoolers love to read about history through fiction and non-fiction books.
Why Teach History?
History is the story of the world. In fact, from our Christian worldview… history is simply – HIS story! History is truly the beautiful tapestry of grace seen throughout the ages of God’s love and redemption for man(even though man has truly made a mess of things!) We study history to understand what brought us to this point in time, but to also learn how to make better decisions for the future.
How Can I Teach History?
There are alot of different ways that a parent can teach homeschool social studies. As I mentioned before we personally love project based history as well as live history. For me, there is nothing better than to visit Colonial Williamsburg right after studying Colonial American History! Seeing, hearing, feeling, and touching make history really live! Here is just a representation of some ways you can go about teaching history.
1) Literature based learning – use a lot of different fiction and non fiction books to learn about the various Ages in History.
2) History Text Book – I’ve used a simple history text as my jumping off point while I collect projects, videos, and worksheets from other sources for enrichment.
3) Online History – find an online history curriculum and then add your own supplemental resources
4) Unit Study – this works well because you can combine all types of resources to build your unit. This can include a history text, history worksheets, historical visits, projects, etc.
5)Notebooking is also a great way to add a creative touch to your study of history. In fact, we do this at our house. As we study our history lessons, we will do various projects, drawings, and creative writing that we will add to our notebook “collection.” It is really fun for kids who have a creative side.