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The homeschool history curriculum has the luxury of freedom for independent exploration. A beneficial way to increase your child's comprehension of history is to make the subject matter more concrete. History can be an exciting topic for any child if it is presented in an upbeat manner. A unique homeschool history curriculum that is valuable to both teacher and student is to explore history in the making. Using personal family history to inspire your child is to explore the “history” of the year that they were born. There are many period books available that show the history of recent years. These inexpensive paperback books are available in card shops and craft stores, providing basic facts, fads and prices for recent years. It is possible to purchase much more expensive books which are more intensive in detail and cover periods over the past fifty to sixty years, the inexpensive version will provide enough concrete information for a short history unit. An exploratory unit on history could be a comparison/contrast unit of the teacher's year of birth with the student's year of birth. This comparison/contract unit would provide interesting facts about both individuals and open the door to interesting time-relevant changes within your own family. This type of historical homeschool unit would also open doors of communication and sharing between parent and child. If the lesson is facilitating further questions in your student, extend the historical study focus to include aunts, uncles, and grandparents and even go into the local history for the city in which you live. It would not be uncommon for something like this to turn into a genealogy project for an older homeschool student. Once a student realizes that their own lives are in fact becoming “historical” and they see their own place within the world, they may begin to carry this unit over into areas you had not even imagined.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|