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• Key People (missionaries, historical and political figures,
“Ihear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” This is a great formula for home- schooling parents to use when teaching history to their children.
No matter their age, students will increase understanding and retention of the subject matter if they can get personally involved with it. It’s certainly more fun to recreate
the people and events of the past than it is to just read
about them. The possibilities for making history come
alive for your children are endless.
Let your child write a first-person biographical sketch
about a notable historical figure to present in costume.
Make a wall map tracing the paths of explorers. Visit historical sites which offer costumed interpreters recreating
the lives of the past. Use scraps of fabric to transform dolls
into toga-clad Roman citizens or Egyptian mummies. Join
with several other families to form a History Club, focusing on a different time period each month. Pack a simple
lunch of bread and meat, throw a blanket over the swing-set, and pretend you’re in a covered wagon heading westward in search of a homestead. Mark out the dimensions
of the Mayflower in your yard to depict how little space
the 150 pilgrims and crew shared. Attend a Civil War or
Revolutionary War re-enactment to experience the sights,
sounds and smells of a real-life battle. Plan a Renaissance
fair or Madrigal dinner with families in your homeschool
co-op. Locate a living history event in your area, and find
out how to get involved in the action—newbies are always
welcome and often assisted in researching and creating
authentic costumes and other necessities for the event.
The following History resources offer a variety of choices to help you plan your family’s adventures into the past
and build a strong historical foundation.