Learning History With Home Schooling

Posted on September 9th, 2011 by Owen Jones

Do you consider that passing time in traditional classrooms is a waste of time? For many people, that is probably true. For example, an exam is due and the pupils are asked to memorize a lot of dates and names. However, after taking the exam, they will probably forget 90% of those dates and names. That’s what most students do when they have exams. If you are one of these people, you will find traditional history lessons boring, so home schooling, which focuses more on the history of the world, will surely interest you more.

Simple memorization by rote is just not enough to know the importance of historically famous people and important events. However, through home schooling in history, you can study the different cultures of the past in a unique, but interesting way – that is your own way! Through the study of history, you will also realize what is happening in the world today.

However, if you think that home schooling is the best option for your child’s learning, you should also be prepared to take on certain responsibilities. Since there will be no teacher present ‘on site’, you will have to supervise your child’s educational progress by yourself.

Let’s say your kid is interested in a particular sport. You could combine history and home schooling by simply putting a map on the wall of your child’s schoolroom and mark the location of his favourite sports team. Make sure that you track all the team’s games, scores, activities and schedules. Then, you could go back to history lessons by reading biographies of the various athletes, who had been popular in the particular sport that your child enjoys. Aside from that, you can also look into the history of that specific sport and discover where it started, its inventor, and the other things happening in that particular time in history.

For example, let’s say your child loves baseball, you can teach your child about the history baseball, government hearings on the use of steroids and other favourite hobbies at that period of time. Just remember that you can adapt this concept to any interest like dancing, flight, cars or any invention. You can also have conversations with your child about current affairs or read interesting historical documents and other books. Apart from that, you could also watch documentaries together with the rest of the family. There are various resources that your child can use while home schooling, such as TV, maps, newspapers, books, a globe, an atlas, and encyclopedias. Because of the exciting adventures that you and your child will read about and see on film, your child will find it easier to remember the names and dates of the history lessons. After all, learning is better when it is done in an interesting way.

These methods are recommended if the child is still young, however when your child is older, you must select a home schooling program that is suited for his/her particular age group. The programs are pitched at the elementary, high school, and even college levels. You simply have to search the Internet for these various programs. One advantage of these programs is that you can adapt them to fit the requirements of your child. However, you must ensure that all the modules are studied by your child.

After you and your child have decided to give home schooling a shot, you must be ready to make some changes to your lifestyle. The learning will now take place in your home not at a remote school and through the various resources that you want to use, which should include a computer and the Internet.

Owen Jones, the author of this piece writes on numerous subjects but is currently involved with Free Home Schools. If you would like to read more, please visit our website entitled How To Stay At Home From School.. Free reprint available from: Learning History With Home Schooling.

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