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!