There are some people that fall asleep at the sound of the word ‘history.’ Learning about the history of the human race and the world as we know it is important, but some people present it in such a dry way that children and adults alike can quickly lose interest in what is being presented to them.
If you start children out with a strong and fun interest in history, they are more likely to be interested in learning more. History for kids should be fun, simple, and factual.
There are many great ways to make history for kids fun. Dates and names are important, but they can be boring. Instead of loading kids down with a list of names and dates, try to include just one date and a few key people to start out.
That is easier to remember and more likely to stick in their mind. Make sure the events you choose to present early on are the most interesting and exciting, showing kids that learning about the past means hearing some really great stories.
History for kids in kindergarten or first grade should be very simple. Include facts, but present them in a fun way. One of the best ways to do this is to have a play or to just have the children act out what is going on in the classroom.
This can be hard when they can not read very well yet, but there are ways to get them to be involved. Think about using vivid pictures and real life examples of why the moment in history you are presenting to them changed the way they live today. That helps them connect something from long ago to something that they can touch, feel, or experience now.
History for kids that are a bit older is going to be more complex, but it should be just as fun for them. They have a greater comprehension of what is being taught to them, and they can hang on to more facts and make better connects between what happened then to what is happening now.
This is a great time to teach them how history means more than just a bunch of events that led to where we are now. Those moments in history teach us about ourselves and our lives, and leads us away from the same mistakes our ancestors may have made.
There are many ways to make history for kids interesting. The major events should always be covered, but don’t forget to find things that are more interesting than some of the others. They may be smaller events of less historical importance, but they help a child feel that history is fun and worth learning.
The same goes for the other topics children start to study when they are young. Finding fun ways to capture them when they are young means a thirst for learning when they are older. With the educational system in our country in a questionable state, it is always a good idea to start them off as best as you can.