Studying people and events from the past can educate and inspire our children. My nine-year-old daughter likes learning about American history and I am using several methods to develop her interest.
- As with most subjects, if your child relishes reading, the process is easier. Many juvenile series are set during certain time periods, allowing you to select the specific era that your child most enjoys. I strive to keep a balance between fiction and non-fiction, including biographies and autobiographies of interesting characters. I attempt to preview the books my daughter selects to ensure that the material covered is age appropriate.
- Use visual tools or physical activities when possible. Find cities and countries on a map or a globe. Research the types of games children played during a particular era and try to recreate them. Make a meal of the foods people ate or try to fashion an outfit similar to what children would have worn in an earlier time.
- Visit historical locations. Earlier this week, I went with my daughter’s third-grade class to Fort Sumter, South Carolina.
Do you have a child who enjoys history? How do you encourage him in learning more about the past?