Learning History with Summer Exploration

history homeschoolingYes, I love the summer. I love the fact that I can be lazy if I want… During the school year every day is like boot camp with six children. We have to have a schedule or things spiral out of control quickly. However, summer is a different story. I love the fact that I can be laid back, do whatever “I” want to do… but  I also like to continue to challenge my kiddos with constructive learning experiences. I am constantly on the look out for ways to accomplish this without making my kids do real “school work.”

One of my favorite ways to learn history in the summer is to explore historic sites. We live in the South, and there are so many amazing historical sites right in our local area. We love to go outdoors to learn, but before we do we usually try to study the topic. I love to use popular word lists and even some summer curriculum as a foundation and then head on out!  Here are a few of my favorite ways to learn a little history while having a big adventure!

1) Take a day to stop by all those “historical landmark” signs that speckle your streets! You will be amazed at what you can learn about your own neighborhood just by reading those signs!

2) Read a great book about a historical subject that took place in your area, and then go on a day trip to visit that site!

3) Google the era of history that you are wanting to study, and then research to see if any of that history overlapped within your state or locality. Take a visit to any museums or historical sites that may be there.

4) Visit your local Historical Society Chapter. They will have loads of information about what historical events happened in your area. They will also be able to tell you about museums and other cool places you could take the kiddos to visit!

How do you make your study of history come alive? Please share with us!


History Helps…


History is the study of what transpired in the world before our time. The study of history contains alot of facts and details and these facts can tend to make history courses seem dry and dusty… ever been there? I sure have! Yet, the study of history doesn’t have to be this way!

In our history studies we use an online interactive based history course. This year we have also studied colonial history centered around the revolution. To make this come alive for my kiddos we’ve done projects, dipped candles, watched almost every good movie about colonial history, and most recently we visited the Williamsburg area.

To the kids (ages 5-16) this was like the icing on the cake of our history classes this year. Since we went off season we had most of the tour guides to ourselves, and were able to have personal history lessons. It really made our history studies come alive! We were able to bring back our experiences and use them for homeschool writing course starters. You won’t believe the great writing they produce when they have something awesome to tell!

It helps to connect the dry history facts to real life places, buildings, and people. This works not only for history but for all types of learning… make it real!