We’ve always enjoyed learning about history with our kids. Countless road trips have included visits to famous battlefields, historic homes and of course memorials and gravesites. We think it’s important that our kids understand the people and events that have shaped our history. Here are a few ideas to help teach our kids about history.
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How to Teach Your Kids about History
There are many great books about historical people, places events. Visit your local library, your favorite used book store or online book app to find new biographies or memoirs. Read a full biography or pick up a collection that features a group of famous people.
The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future.and
The Book of Awesome Black People celebrates amazing role models who brought on change by using their gifts and passions to overcome barriers.
Visit Historic Places
When we take a road trip, we regularly visit historic places. We have walked the Freedom Trail in Boston and stood in the home of Thomas Jefferson. When the kids are learning about the Founding Fathers signing the Declaration of Independence, they know what Independence Hall looks like. Valley Forge is not just a place in the history book, it is a place where we have personally been. And of course, we will never forget visiting the Parthenon.
Visiting historic places helps bring history alive and provides a sense of realness to the events and people that made us who we are.
Watch Movies and Fact Check
When we are watching a movie that claims to be based on a true story, we typically do some fact checking when the movie is over. Did the person really do that? Did the hero actually have that experience? We can learn alot about historical events and people by watching ‘based on the event’ movies but we also know enough to not take every movie storyline as reality.
How do you teach your kids about history? Do you travel to visit historic places? Read books together? Watch movies? I’d love to hear your stories!