I’ve been a big fan of the Home Educating Family Association (HEDUA) for a few years. Their online homeschool conference and vast repository of curriculum companies and reviews have been a real benefit to my personal home education planning, as well as researching for writing projects. Imagine my excitement when they asked me to be a part of their television series “Life Plus Homeschooling”!
I was asked to tape four 20-minute segments, each dealing with a different topic of homeschool life. Of course, I immediately thought of the literature theme units I wrote for the young adult line of Goldminds Publishing. That opened ideas to talking about history, learning styles, and even lapbooks.
Below is one of the completed episodes, “Making History Interesting”, which focuses on how educators can make history live again for their students. It deals with the following four tips:
- Beware of Boring – a textbook can read like an obituary. Historical figures were REAL! Teach like it!
- Set the Scene – use everything in your arsenal: movies, books, plays, music, art, dance, etc.
- Find the Parallel – make history relateable by comparing events, eras, and persons.
- Let History Repeat Itself – reinforce lessons through re-enactments, role-playing, dress-up/dioramas, retelling a story, and more!
You can find more in this series at the HEDUA website, or here on my blog!
Many thanks to the film production crew and the gang at HEDUA for sharing the wealth of information about homeschooling with the public, and for utilizing technology to help all of us learn more.