Many people think that teaching History to homeschool students should consist of boring lectures and reading many pages of a textbook. Just because this is how most of us were taught, doesn’t mean it was the best way to learn history. I, personally, have developed a real love for history by teaching and reading with my children that I never had from being in school. Here are some tips you can use when teaching your own children:

1. Use tools that can bring History to life for you and your students. Read “living books” or historical fiction. Use DVDs and interactive websites to take you to interesting historical places.

2. Help your children realize that History is more than a bunch of facts. Everyone loves a story. Read compelling stories about people who lived in another era. When you’ve read enough historical fiction or biographies, the pieces of history will start to fall into place. Help them understand that History is a collection of stories from real people. They will be included in that story many years from now.

3. Choose a period in history to study. Don’t make it too wide or too narrow. If you find that you have put too much information into one year, extend your study of that era of history into the next year if you wish.

4. Have a master timeline and fill in the people you study. It’s fun to see how different people’s lives overlap. They can see that one person was born just before another person died.

5. Read about different people from the same period in history. This helps your kids understand how the story can be skewed based on one person’s opinion. Bias does not have to be seen as good or bad. It’s just the story of the Story from that person’s perspective. You could read about the westward expansion from the point of view of the settlers and also from the point of view of the Indians.

6. Use field trips, reenactments, and craft projects to reinforce the stories you are reading or the era of history you are exploring.

Learning about history can be a fun and enjoyable experience if you use a variety of resources and have the right perspective. Choose a period of History and find out all about the stories related to that period. Then use the other resources mentioned here and watch as you and your children develop a greater understanding of history.

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