READING HISTORY REALLY IS FUN!
Linda M. Penn
November 1, 2015
As you go about helping your kids or students to pick books to support their studies in school about historical events, you and/or the children may need an attitude adjustment! There seems to be a lot of negativity about the study of history, as there is a tendency to think it is boring. It doesn’t have to be! Here is a list of ideas to help you out:
Try to engage the kids’ feelings about the events. For example, make up a play or do role playing.
Ask questions about how they might have felt had they lived during that time. What would you have done differently? If the events being studied took place during your lifetime, relay to them your feelings about the occurrences. We may think kids are not interested in our stories of “back when,” but I have found kids generally loved to hear about growing up with few of the modern conveniences. For example, they were particularly engaged when I talked about the days of only two channels on the black and white TV, no telephone, and even worse, no Internet!
Have the children talk to grandparents, relatives, friends about historical events and get their viewpoints.
Historical fiction books are more interesting to kids than textbooks. Also, books with lots of pictures invite the kids to be more engaged in the event themselves.
Research about the music, dress, etc. during the time period they are studying.
Try to make a connection to today’s world events. If this hadn’t happened in history, how would our world today be different?
Take a trip to museums, re-enactments, pioneer days’ festivals, etc. to stimulate their interests.
Be upfront about the “good, bad, and ugly” of historical events. Avoid sugar-coating the negative. Move on by asking the kids what they think we can learn from the occurrences.
Most of all, let them see and feel your enthusiasm for history. Have fun!
SEE YOU BACK THE FIRST WEEK IN DECEMBER – “MANNERS, MANNERS, AND MORE MANNERS DURING THE HOLIDAYS!”
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