Quick Ideas for Making History Fun!

by Cindy Rushton
Ultimate Homeschool Expo

Want to make the new school year better than ever? Want studies
that are interesting for the whole family? I think I can help you!

How about some quick tips for making your history studies fun? I
think you will find these to make lessons fun and easy. Let’s dig
in…

* Get Out to See History as Much as Possible…  Hunt up any
Living History Days scheduled in your area.  Get out to all
historical sites and museums…even hands-on children’s museums.
Don’t miss any historical reenactments and plays within driving
distance! These all give wonderful opportunities to get your
children in touch with those that love History and know it best.

*  Begin a History Notebook… This is the cure to dull, lifeless
texts.  Let your children create their own notebooks of study!
Include anything from great quotes to poetry to pictures to
sketches to newspaper clippings to photographs to mementos from
history sites, reenactments and postcards from friends to
narrations from books read.  These personalized curricula will
bring life into all areas of study.

* Tap Into Grandparents, Elderly, Family, and Friends… Our
family and friends have been a key source of finding out neat
stories that are not recorded in the history books. Sitting at
their feet, we have learned many details from history that would be
long lost without the gift of story telling. The key to making this
come alive is to listen and record their stories for your History
Notebooks. Keep this part of history alive for you and for
generations to come!

* Find Treasures at Antique Stores… One of our favorite
past-times is “junking” at antique stores, junk shops and flea
markets.  Take your time to find wonderful treasures from the past,
which will breathe life into your History studies.  You can find
journals, uniforms, books, dress up clothes, and even play gadgets
to make history come alive for your little ones!

* Let the Little Ones Make Up Their Own Costumes… I have always
enjoyed researching and creating authentic costumes from other time
periods.  I used to have more time and energy to create costumes
for every time period we studied.  Now, my children are using their
extra time and endless supply of energy to create their own
costumes.  I love to see them as they pull together little things
from around the house to create their own costumes!

* Let Them Make Doll Clothes… This tangent began for us when my
daughter got her first American Girl doll.  We combined my love of
creating authentic doll clothes with my deep passion for making
doll clothes.  Each year for the past five years, I have spent time
each December creating matching outfits for Elisabeth and her
dolls.  This is easy to do with today’s patterns.  Just take basic
designs and create your own “historical” costumes for the dolls.
If you have a beginning seamstress interested in some quick
projects, this would be a wonderful way to learn the basics of
sewing while learning History!

* Make a Timeline…Timelines are priceless!  We have had two
different kinds of timelines for our studies in History.  We had a
huge one that took up an entire wall in our old home. It was
fascinating to watch the little ones as they would “review” and
“test” each other on history as they went by! When we built our
home, my husband would not allow that one back on the wall, so we
made our own Book of Centuries on our computer, which includes all
of our history facts. We simply developed a notebook with the dates
marked.  We record key events, people we study and the key events
of their life, our family’s key events, illustrations which remind
the children of those historical figures and events, pictures that
the children have collected from books and trips that we have
taken, information from our Computer Encyclopedias and Internet
Sites, and even charts we have collected or made ourselves. These
are another “text” that we create about our studies. How priceless!

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Looking For Answers To Life’s Questions?

Do you ever search and search for something that you have lost? Many times this has happened to me. I lost a pair of my favorite shorts. It was just a plain pair of jean shorts but they were the kind that when you put them on and they fit just right. After looking everywhere for them they were never found.

In life there are many things that are more important than a pair of shorts. Everyday people are looking and searching for answers . In Acts 9 Saul was looking to hurt Christians. Saul had gone to the high priest looking for a letter to bring men and women bound to Jerusalem. What Saul was looking for and God’s plans were different. God changed what Saul was looking for in Acts 9:3-19. Saul was looking in the wrong direction but the Lord showed him the right way.

What are you looking for? Are you looking for answers in the right direction? Do your plans align with God’s plans?  God has made a way to help us find what we are looking for.

  • God’s plans will never contradict the Bible. Psalm 119:160 says “Thy word is true from the beginning.” (KJV)
  • Have you prayed about it?  We can find guidance in James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him. (KJV)
  • Pray continually and wait patiently. Advice from Psalm 37:5-8 is to commit your way to the Lord, wait patiently, and fret not. God’s timing is not our timing. He does not always give an answer to what we are looking for quickly. At times it is frustrating to wait on an answer. Humanly we want to rush ahead and try our own solution.  In Genesis, Abram and Sarai tried their own solution and brought trails into life. God’s timing is always perfect. He knows what is best and will never wait too long to help us.
  • Seek godly counsel. Proverbs 12:15 gives wise advice “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” (KJV) Look to a Pastor or mentor for Godly advice and wisdom.

Who do you know today that is looking and searching for answers?

  • Pray for them. Find out if there are specific answers that they would like you to pray about. Use 2 Thessalonians 3:5 to pray that “The Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into patient waiting for Christ.” (KJV)
  • Help and encourage them. Listen and be ready to share a hug. Use scripture to give them direction.
  • Check on them. Stay in contact. Let them know that you care and are praying for them.

Some answers are like my shorts. They are not found. Other answers will be like Saul’s and require you to take action. Are you ready and willing to be used when you find what you are looking for? Step out on faith and find what you are looking for.