Learning history doesn't have to be memorizing a collection of facts about a bunch of boring dead guys. Whether your children are home educated or attend a public or private school, it is important to pass on the lessons of the past.
Let's face it, what will your children remember most? A long recitation of William Tell's struggle with the Hapsburg rulers of Austria?
Or, the story being reenacted complete with Tell being forced to use his bow and arrow to shoot an apple placed atop his son's head?
The answer is obvious. What's perhaps less apparent is how important it is to make history an interactive subject for every age group.
Our son, Sean, understood pilgrim life much better after he dressed as one and spent the day as a young pilgrim would. He planted seeds, studied the Bible, sang hymns, napped on a bed of straw, counted using stones, played quoits, and dined on succotash.
When I gave him a quiz the next day, he earned a 100%, a better score than if I had tested him over material I had given a lecture on.
Why did he do so well? Because he had experienced history in real time. He had lived it!
Need some ideas to get your children excited about history? Try one of our Top Ten Tips. Click on one of the pictures to discover several exciting activities guaranteed to bring the past into the present!
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|These are our top ten ways to make History lessons memorable. What about you? If you have a creative approach that is not listed here, we'd love to hear about it. |
British historian George Macaulay Trevelyan said, "If one could make alive again for other people some cobwebbed skein of old dead intrigues and breathe breath and character into dead names and stiff portraits. That is history to me!" If we can do the same for our children, they will learn lessons that will live within them forever.