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Making History Interesting

History does not have to be boring!

To so many, history is the dull, dry memorization of facts and dates. But, it doesn’t have to be! Listen as Karen Nelson shares ways to take history from boring to interesting!

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Do you remember when history was fun?

Children love dressing up as their favorite character from stories they have heard. Then they somehow learn that history is supposed to be boring, and the fun disappears. In this episode of Life Plus Homeschooling, Karen Nelson and host Rebecca Keliher discuss just how to return to that fun mindset, while truly learning in the process!

Life Plus Homeschooling Show Details

Textbooks present a dry, dull picture of history, detailing mundane facts and dates that must be memorized. But, real history is learned when it is brought to life. Karen Nelson shares how her family brought a Greek unit study to life and gives tips for those who might not know how to make history interesting.

Parents should use textbooks as reference points to refresh their memory of historical facts. But when presenting those fact to their children, they should bring excitement to the table.

1. Set the Stage

Create a hook for your history unit study by starting with a field trip! (Click to tweet!) Starting with something creative initiates both questions and interest.

2. Create a Parallel

Pull the past into the present by comparing the then and the now. How do the people compare? What about the culture?

3. Find Cause & Effect

History repeats itself. Finding out why things happened in the past can help us change the future.

Don’t just read historical information. Do it! Act it out! And watch it come alive for your students.

For More Information

– Find more interviews with Karen here.
– See what our bloggers have to say about teaching history.

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