History is not my favorite subject to teach. Everyone has their weak spot, so cut me some slack! But really, memorizing dates and who did what is really not my thing. What is my thing is understanding the “why” behind it all. I don’t care what year the War of 1812 was fought, but I do care what the motivation behind it was because knowing dates doesn’t help out life, but understanding people does. But, my kids still need to learn history. Not because I think they will remember the dates, they won’t. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to history. Here are 5 easy ways to make learning history fun this year in your homeschool or classroom.
5+ Ways to Make Learning History Fun
- History Field Trips!!
Seriously, I think that this is the most fun way to learn history. Places like Gettysburg, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Mount Rushmore, Williamsburg, the Alamo and other historical sites help make connections between what the kids are reading in their textbooks and the actual event or time period.
Natural history museums or other historical museums are great too! Does your area have an old schoolhouse, historical mansion, living history exhibit (all things I still remember doing from elementary school… ahem.. 25 years ago…)?
These experiences are what will make history fun!
- Historical Fiction Audio Dramas
Our sponsor Heirloom Audio has a great collection of historical audio dramas that would be perfect to listen to in the car on your way to your field trips or on a rainy day when you can’t get outside!
The Heirloom Audio dramas are so well put together! We have listened to educational CDs and audio dramas when we were traveling throughout the U.S., so I have a lot to compare them to. These are really fun to listen to, have great story lines and can give the kids a great movie in their mind for different time periods like the Civil War (‘With Lee in Virginia’ is a great choice to start with!)
You can find the whole collection of Audio Dramas from Heirloom Audio here.
Current titles include: With Lee in Virginia, The Dragon and the Raven, In Freedom’s Cause, Under Drake’s Flag
They also have unit studies and books to accompany the audio dramas to expand the learning experience.
- Historial Fiction, Biographies and Autobiographies
Let kids imagine what it was like during the Holocaust by reading Anne Frank, discover the life of a native American by reading the ‘Kaya” American girl books. Check out the “Who was…. ?” series. Or Magic Tree House. So many fun choices!
- Historical Festivals
There are many historical festivals held throughout the U.S. every year. Civil war reenactments, renaissance festivals, the Tulip Festival in Pella, Iowa, just to name a few. Check in your area to see what is available. If you can’t find something online check with your local historical society or tourism bureu
- Explore History through Crafts
Learning about mummies in Egypt? Try making a chicken one! How about the Parthenon and Greek architecture? Build a replica with LEGO. Giving your child a hands-on experience while learning will definitely help them remember who fought in the French and Indian War.
More fun Historical Crafts to check out:
Build a Mayflower Replica with Stir the Wonder
Explore the Roads of Rome with Preschool Powol Packets
Learn about Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius with Creative Family Fun
Take a Trip to the Wild West in a Covered Wagon
Learn about the Pyramids of Egypt by building your own
Create Roman art with Adventures in Mommydom
So many fun ways to learn about history! Your kids might even remember when the War of 1812 was fought….*wink*
What other ways can you think of to make learning history fun this year? I’d love to hear your ideas!!