Hands on History

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Dear Friends,
Many of you have asked me for specifics about my curriculum choices. I wanted to share with you about hands on history today, and later I will share about science and fine arts.
Teaching history does not have to be done solely with textbooks. You can use many resources to teach history without buying a textbook. Typically, I go through history on a 4 or 5 year cycle. It depends on how you look at an election year.
We will study American History, Ancient History, World History, and the Middle Ages. American history usually contains geography, and World History will look at different world events and geography. It can have elements of a study in cultures.
Depending on the time period we are studying, I will gather books about the country, biographies, map information, information about manufacturing, and anything else that will expand on the study with literature, art, and music.
When we start on the topic, I will read to them and assign a project. That can range from an art project to a writing project to a drama complete with costumes. We immerse ourselves in the time period.
We study the American Revolution and have afternoon tea while I read to them. Tea time can be simple, and it does not have to be authentic.
During our study of the Middle Ages, we will learn about kings and queens and have a medieval feast.
World history lends itself to cultural studies, and I bring in art, music, and food elements.
American Geography can be based around map activities and cooking. I spent a full semester on a study of the United States through eating meals that we cooked based on the book, Eat Your Way Through the USA. We ate 50 meals from 50 states and never left our home.
Studying history can be fun, vibrant, and exciting.
How do you study history?
Today’s Zone Mission is to clean under the bed.

Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.

My menu plan for Friday is chicken and a salad.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 10. She and her husband have homeschooled for 16 years and have graduated two of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 4 boys who are in grades 12, 10, 8, and 5. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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Hands on History — 2 Comments

  1. That sounds like fun! I love the cookbook idea! Last year we used Beautiful Feet Books for primary American History. We ended up skipping the IG and just reading the wonderful books on the list. This year I’m trying out My Father’s World. I’m a little nervous as it’s more hands on than I’ve down and I’m just hoping I can fit it in!

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