Quick Ideas for Making History Fun!

by Cindy Rushton
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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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The Chocolate Easter Rabbit Teaches a Scripture Lesson

Chocolate Easter rabbits are not only cute and delicious but they can teach us a spiritual  lesson from the Bible.

As you unwrap the pretty foil surrounding a chocolate rabbit and take a bite into the mouth watering chocolate you will find that the rabbit is either filled with chocolate or is hollow. Look at your life. Are you spiritually filled or hollow? Chocolate rabbits that are hollow are easily broken and melted. If we are spiritually hollow our lives will be easily broken and hurt. Here are just a few of the ways we can be filled up spiritually.

Are you letting God use you and fill you with his blessings or are you hollow from lack of time in prayer?  Every Easter stores are filled with chocolate rabbits. Could you imagine Walmart or Target without this traditional treat?  People would be upset if they went to get a chocolate rabbit and found that they were not being sold.  Missing our time of talking to God in prayer should upset us. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17  it says to “Pray without ceasing.” (KJV) Praying continually throughout the day will help keep us spiritually full. There are many ways to pray. Share with God your cares, concerns, and praises as if he is sitting by you. Pray through a favorite song, verse, or Psalm. James 5:16 says “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (KJV) Make prayer a vital part of your day.

When many children receive a chocolate rabbit they are eager to dig in and start munching on it. The Word of God is filled with information to help, bless, and fill us with something important for our day. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for  doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV) Everyday we should dig eagerly into the scriptures to see what God has ready and waiting to fill us up with spiritually.

We cannot be blessed and filled up spiritually unless we have first admitted that we are a sinner and ask Jesus to come and take away our sins with his free gift of Salvation. The Bible states “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJV)

A hollow rabbit will melt faster than a filled rabbit. When the heat of lifes pressures threaten to send you into a meltdown “Look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) We have hope from Romans 15:4 “That we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (KJV)

Many rabbits are made in the same mold. They will have the same look and taste. As Christians we are to be different and set apart from the world. Be willing to lay your wants down at Jesus feet so he can break the mold and use the plan he has perfectly designed for you .

When I walked through the Easter candy aisle of the store the hollow rabbits outnumbered filled rabbits. We need to share the true Easter story with others and encourage them so that they will be spiritually filled. All the colorful wrappings and varieties of candies in the store can easily distract you from finding a filled rabbit. This Easter stay focused on the true reason for Easter “Our Risen Savior!”

This Easter enjoy a chocolate filled bunny and be filled with the blessings of “Our risen Savior!”