3. Hold a Game Night that is specifically
oriented to the historic era. The games can
be modified from existing board games
on the market (like using Monopoly™ to
create “Reformopoly”, for instance, so that
friends could learn more about the Refor-
mation). Students could also devise action
games to be played that night (like crea-
ting a treasure hunt with historic clues to
lead others on a quest where they learn
about an ancient culture). Charades of
historic figures could be both informa-
tive and hysterical (as long as informa-
tion sheets about characters from the time
period are provided).
4. Oral reports are familiar—for some
students, delightful, for others, painful.
So, dress up the concept by widening the
possibilities of what can be shared: invite
students to do a “Show and Tell” night!
This could include:
• an oral report
• a PowerPoint presentation (with appro-
priate images and background colors)
• a “museum” of items that is described
as the curator (answering questions as
• a painting, a collage, a poster, or a
sculpture portraying some aspect of
the historic era
• a diorama of a historic event with ac-
companying descriptions of the items
• a video about the time period (includ-
ing sound track, credits, and stunts!)
Since this is a once a month get-together, students have time to decide what
they would enjoy sharing and how they
want to share it. If a presentation includes
other students outside the family, it gives
them time to get together and practice.
And, as students become increasingly
comfortable with this “showcase” of history, they will find it easier to try new
things, to expand their repertoire.
A homeschool showcase is one of
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If there is a regularly planned get-together, you and your students can begin to
anticipate it in such a way that it becomes a delightful showcase of learning!