Teach History

Written by Sierra Rein
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Whether you are a teacher or a parent, the responsibility to teach history to a child lies in your hands. As a future member of society, a child must be taught the lessons of the past so that the old mistakes do not happen again. By understanding the ways in which governments are formed, cultures are organized and periods of war and peace are created, a child can look at his current place in society and become an involved and more aware member.

To teach history to very young students, the simplest concepts are the best to start with. Many teachers and parents who home school enjoy utilizing visual aids, such as animated historically-based videos and pictures to bring the stories of history to life. Associating with a particular "character" in a certain period (such as a White House guard during the time of Thomas Jefferson) and learning it through his or her eyes can be particularly effective as well.

Ways to Teach History at Home

Home schooling is becoming an increasingly popular trend amongst families as it puts the responsibility and power into the hands of parents. Struggling with crowded schools, untrained teachers and low expectations became too much for them. By putting the lessons at home, a child can learn on a unique schedule for him, at his own pace, and still have fun with his friends after school times or on the weekends.

If you are interested in teaching history at home, purchase a good set of homes school books. These are designed to help a child become an independent studier, capable of individual thought and knowledgeable of how to get the most out of a textbook. The parent can accompany the child, step by step, or simply provide help every once in a while and to test the child weekly to view the progress he is making.

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