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Making History Interesting





December 16, 2013


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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!


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!

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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

Karen Nelson history- Find more interviews with Karen here.
- See what our bloggers have to say about teaching history.
- Explore many history resources on HEDUA’s review site.

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About Author

Teri Shepard

Teri Shepard is the MultiMedia Manager for Home Educating Family Association. Teri leads the media team in providing homeschool families with modern digital materials to supplement their home education and supporting them in a way that is culturally relevant and thought provoking.Teri is joyfully married to her high school sweetheart Brian and homeschool mom to the Five Fabulous Sheep. She finds daily joy in walking out her Christian life on their hobby farm

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