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Home Schooling and the Study of History

Do you think that spending time in traditional classrooms is not worth it? To some people, that is true. For example, a test is coming up and the students are asked to memorize a lot of dates and names. However, after taking the exam, they will definitely forget about those dates and names. That’s what most students do every time they have exams. Are you one of them? If you find traditional history lessons boring, home schooling which focuses more on the history of the world will surely catch your fancy.

Memorization is not enough to know the significance of famous people and important events. Through history home schooling, you can learn about the different cultures of the past in a unique but interesting way. Through the study of history, you will also understand the current situation of the world today.

If you think that home schooling is the best option for your child’s effective learning, you should also be prepared to take some responsibilities. Since there will be no teacher physically, you have to supervise your child’s learning progress.

Suppose your kid is interested in sports. Through history home schooling, you can simply start by putting a wall map on your child’s room. Mark the location of his favorite sports team and make sure that you track all the team’s activities and schedules. One way to go back to history is to read biographies of the various athletes who became popular in the particular sport your child loves. Aside from that, you can also look into the history of the specific sport and discover where it originated, its inventor, and the other things happening in that particular time.

For example, your child loves baseball. You can teach your kid about the history of Negro Leagues, government hearings on the use of steroids, and other favorite pastimes during that time. Always remember that you can apply this concept on any file of interest such as dance and inventions. You can also have conversations with your child concerning the current events or read interesting historical fiction and other books. Aside from that, you can also watch documentaries together with the whole family. There are various resources that your child can use in home schooling like maps, a globe, an atlas, and encyclopedias. Through the exciting adventures that you and your child went through, he/she will find it easier to remember the names and dates in history. So you see, learning is best when done in a fun and educational way.

These things are recommended if the child is still young but once your child is much older, you must choose the appropriate home schooling program that is suitable for his/her age. The programs are available on the elementary level, high school, and even college. You simply have to search online for these various programs. A good thing about these programs is that you can tailor it to fit the interests of your child. But you must see to it that all the lessons are learned and followed by your child.

Once you and your child decide to go for home schooling, you must be prepared for some changes to take place. The learning environment will now be at home and through the various resources that you can use like the computer and internet.


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