How to Enjoy History

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #062, How to Enjoy HistoryIn “How to Enjoy History” Episode #062, Meredith Curtis reveals secrets to parents and teens that will make history thrilling and fun instead of dull and dreary. She shares how to use your hobbies and interests as a way to delve into the past so that you can connect with history. She also paints a picture for you of God’s Grand Story beginning with Creation. Finally, Meredith shares tips to help you remember people, places, and events.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Powerline Productions, Inc.Bringing fun history into your homeschooling!

 

 

 

 


Show Notes:

Argh! History!

Or maybe you like history, but you find it hard to keep track of everything in your mind, it’s hard to remember stuff.

Maybe your kids love history and you don’t, but you have to teach them.

Or maybe you love history and you want your teens and kids to love it, too.

History is not just a bunch of dry, boring facts.

History is a Grand Story written by God Himself with a beginning, focal point, and an end.

Creation………the Cross……..Jesus’ Return/New Heaven and New Earth

People who enjoy history, look for the story and the stories.

Like investigative reporters they want to know Who? What? When? Where? Why? And How?

How to Connect to History

Cody hates history, but knows all the football stats from the last 50 years.

Brittany hates history, but loves dressing retro.

Nate hates history, but loves vintage cars.

Mrs. Johnson hates teaching history, but she decorates country-style.

Let me tell you a secret. All four of these people enjoy history—they just don’t know it.

Connections Explained.

What is Your Connection to the Past?

Family Heritage & Stories

Cars, trucks, boats

Sports: football, baseball, basketball, soccer, car racing

Are you a foodie?

Ways to Look at History

Focus on…

  • Fashion
  • Sports, or a Sport
  • Music
  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Wars & Battles
  • Philosophy
  • Economics
  • Faith
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
  • Writing
  • Poetry
  • Science

Tips to Remember Historical People, Places, & Events

Maps & Photos

Timelines

Dates we Memorize:

Circa 4000 BC (general)/Circa 4174 God Creates the World!
Circa 2500 BC (general)/Circa 2538 The Flood
Circa 2100 BC (2166) Abraham—the nation of Israel is born!
Circa 1000 BC King David of Israel
Circa 325 BC Alexander the Great conquers the entire civilized world
Circa 4 BC Jesus is Born in Bethlehem
313 Edict of Milan (Emperor Constantine makes Christianity legal in the Roman Empire)
476 Fall of the Roman Empire
1066 William of Normandy Invades England—Battle of Hastings
1215 King John of England is forced to sign the Magna Charta
1492 Columbus sails for the Indies and finds the New World
1517 Martin Luther nails the “95 Theses” to the Wittenburg Door—Reformation begins
1607 English Settlement at Jamestown
1620 Pilgrims Land at Plymouth
1624 Dutch Settle New York
1628 Massachusetts Bay Colony founded
1776 Declaration of Independence signed, declares freedom from England
1861-1865 War Between the States—Slavery is finally abolished!
1914 World War I begins
1939-1945 World War II
1941 Japan attacks Pearl Harbor—USA enters WWII
1969 Neil Armstrong walks on the moon

 

Why we chose those dates.

History Labs

Have fun

Memorize Key Dates & Place Other Dates in Reference to Them.

Life Lessons from History Podcasts:

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #059, A Hero for all TimeFinish Well Radio, Episode #48, Life Began in a GardenFinish Well Radio, Podcast #38, Don't Be a NimrodFinish Well Radio, Podcast #42, Because He Loved HerFinish Well Radio, Podcast #050 The Real Kingdom and the CounterfeitFinish Well Radio, Podcast #49, Legend of Atlantis and Bull Leaping

 

 

 

 

 

Resources to Learn & Teach History the Fun Way

Ancient History Cookbook by Meredith CurtisAncient History Timeline by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc.Let's Have Our Own Archaeological Dig by Meredith CurtisLet's Have Our Own Olympic Games

HIS Story of the 20th CenturyHIS Story of the 20th Century High School WorkbookHIS Story of the 20th Century Middle School Workbook10 Black Athletes Who Changed the World LapbookFamilies Learning Together: American History Art Appreciation by Meredith CurtisAmerican History Cookbook by Meredith CurtisAmerican History Timeline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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How to Enjoy History

Teach History by Throwing a Party

 

I love history!

I even pick up history textbooks and read them for fun. There! I admitted it!

However, not every child is born loving history. So, I have looked for ways to bring history alive, to make it fun. We read historical fiction, make timelines, look at maps, watch movies, make crafts, time travel in the kitchen,  create radio dramas, and write poetry.

We also throw parties to study history! We love to have fun when we homeschool.

Yes, we do!

 

 

     

We have had medieval banquets, archaeology digs, luaus, 1950s sock hops, Victorian teas, and Ancient Greek Olympics.

How Hard Is This?

Doesn’t that sound like a lot of work just to homeschool history? you ask.

Well, yes and no. We love parties, so I am motivated if it means people I like, good food, and lots of wholesome fun! My kids love parties, too.

Here is why we learn history when we plan an event like a sock hop or a medieval banquet. We have to research history to create an authentic experience. We dig deeper than normal to find out what they wore, what they ate, exactly what they did, where they did it, and why they did it.

When we planned our Ancient Greek Olympics, we learned that the games were a form of worship to their idol/gods. They opened each day by committing everything to one or more of the idol/gods or idol/goddesses. We decided to open our ceremonies in prayer and commit the whole event to Jesus. Then we learned about all the events and how they competed. In the process, we learned about Greek city-states and their relationships with one another. We discovered some funny stories along the way.

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A Hero For All Times

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #059, A Hero for all TimeIn “A Hero For All Times?” Episode #059, Meredith Curtis introduces you to a brave war hero, gallant gentleman, devout Christian, and enthusiastic farmer. George Washington is a hero for all times with his unwavering faith, kindness, and humility. God spared his life so he could be at the helm in the early days of our beloved United States of America. Join us to learn more about this great man.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Today’s sponsor is Powerline Productions. Powerline Productions wants to equip you to be a world changer and raise world changers. They offer curriculum, unit studies, high school courses, Bible studies, cookbooks, and How-to-Homeschool books. Find them at PowerlineProd.com.

Colossians 1:28 by Laura Nolette and Powerline Productions, Inc.

 

Teach History the Fun Way with books by Powerline Productions, Inc., Finish Well Radio, Podcast #049

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Show Notes:

Boyhood

Copybook

Heart to be good

Dying to Dreams on the High Seas

His first dream

Why he gave it up

Why God was closing the door

The White Warrior Who Wouldn’t Die

Why the Native American Chief wanted to meet George Washington

The horses shot from under him

Colonial Virginian

Mount Vernon

Church

Hospitality

House of Burgess

Revolutionary War

Crossing the Delaware

Valley Forge

Constitutional Convention

A Peacemaker

A New Nation

Two enemies working together in his cabinet

People above Parties

His advice: “Do not get entangled in Europe’s mess”

 

American History Resources

Families Learning Together: American History Art Appreciation

American History Cookbook

American Literature & Research

American History Timeline

Families Learning Together: American History Art Appreciation

American History Cookbook American Literature & Research American History Timeline

 

Podcasts:

Link Between Literature & Political Freedom

Happy Birthday America

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #024, Link Between Literature and Political Freedom Finish Well Radio, Podcast #035, Happy Birthday America!

The Birthday That Cut History in Two

Meredith shares the way God set people, events, and hints in place for 4,000 years to prepare the world for the birth of Jesus, the most significant birth the world has ever experienced. The Lord weaved together an amazing celebration to welcome Jesus to earth and display His glory. Since His Birth Day, Jesus impacts and continues to impact the world stage in a powerful way. In light of these things, how can we celebrate this Wondrous Birthday and experience the Birthday Gift for all eternity.

The Real Kingdom and Counterfeit

Podcast #050 The Real Kingdom and the CounterfeitThe Real Kingdom and The Counterfeit with Meredith Curtis, Podcast #050, is a tale of two kingdoms. The Kingdom of God, established by the Lord, will last forever. In opposition is the kingdom of darkness who reign is doomed. Take a trip back in time to the Tower of Babel to discover some recognizable patterns that have been repeated throughout history in a futile attempt to undermine the Lordship of Jesus Christ. You will never see history the same again.

 

Homeschooling Books by Powerline Productions, Inc. | The Real Kingdom and The Counterfeit with Meredith Curtis, Podcast #050, is a tale of two kingdoms.

The Real Kingdom and the Counterfeit

The Real Kingdom and The Counterfeit with Meredith Curtis, Podcast #050, is a tale of two kingdoms. The Kingdom of God, established by the Lord, will last forever. In opposition is the kingdom of darkness who reign is doomed. Take a trip back in time to the Tower of Babel to discover some recognizable patterns that have been repeated throughout history in a futile attempt to undermine the Lordship of Jesus Christ. You will never see history the same again.

Building a Strong Math Foundation

Math is on the minds of the Roadschool Moms team as they look forward to planning another successful roadschool year. Episode #136 comes to you live from the Oregon coast as well as the SouthWest Florida coast. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families,  recaps her roadschool week in the pacific NorthWest. From across the country, Mary Beth Goff, calls in from Gulf Coast Florida.to catch up with the Road Trip Teacher crew.

Listeners hear a few words from the Season 10 series sponsor,  Time4Learning. The comprehensive K-12 online curriculum is a favorite from the Roadschool Moms Approved resources and used by both KT and MB in their own rolling homeschools. The coupon code “roadschooler” is shared for those who want to test drive a trial run of the online resource.

This episode features special guest, Dennis “Mr. D” DiNola who brings the scoop about building a strong math foundation. The creator of the Mr. D Math program talks specifically keeping your kids learning the math language. He reminds listeners that doing math can be like eating vegetables, you might not necessarily like it but you learn to appreciate it.

Mr. D reassures homeschool moms everywhere that it’s ok to take time off for summer. But if summer is a good time for roadschoolers in your rig to focus on math, he gives great summer options. Further, he encourages that students of all ages should be helped as little as possible with their math work. Hit the replay to learn all the details of this revelation that left both Roadschool Moms celebrating in the background.

This experienced educator of nearly three decades shares his favorite online curriculum for elementary and early middle schoolers. Moreover, he reveals that his own kids use it with success. In conclusion, Mr. D talks specifics about his math program and the options roadschoolers have to use it self-paced or in a virtual classroom scenario.

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 130 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

The Official Sponsor for Season 10 of Roadschool Moms

National Holidays as Roadschool Opportunities

National holidays are on the minds of the Roadschool Moms duo this week as the Independence Holiday approaches. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, calls in from the beautiful coastal location of Oregon. Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, calls in from across the country in Southwest Florida. Episode #135 kicks off with the over-the-road duo who talk about the benefits of the traveling lifestyle as well as the downside, specifically unexpected repairs.

Listeners hear a few words from the Season 10 series sponsor,  Time4Learning. The comprehensive K-12 online curriculum is a favorite from the Roadschool Moms Approved resources and used by both KT and MB in their own rolling homeschools. The coupon code “roadschooler” is shared for those who want to test drive a trial run of the online resource.

On this special episode, Mary Beth, shares her Patriot’s Guide as an example of a unit study resource available for holidays such as July 4th. Specifically, she suggests other resources discussed including lapbooks and even notebooking. She reveals that listeners from this episode who email their location for the upcoming holiday will receive a free downloadable copy of the highlighted roadschool resource.

KT chats a bit about the books that her family is reading this summer. That leads into a discussion about a family read-aloud list specifically for holidays such as July 4th. The Roadschool Moms discuss their 5 Tips for Using National Holidays for Roadschool Opportunities.

  • Holiday Unit Study
  • Reading List
  • Role Play
  • On Location Opportunities
  • Other Great Location Benefits

In conclusion, this Roadschool Moms episode wouldn’t be complete without the mention of Morning Time. For more details on that idea, hit the replay on the podcast about Morning Time. The RSM team agrees that holidays present great opportunities to roadschool together in a Morning Time scenario.

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 130 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

The Official Sponsor for Season 10 of Roadschool Moms

The Legend of Atlantis and Bull Leaping

Podcast #049 The Legend of Atlantis and Bull Leaping

In “The Legend of Atlantis and Bull Leaping,” Podcast #049 Meredith Curtis asks, “Could the legend of Atlantis be true?” And does it involve the bull-leapers of history, the Minoans. Let’s meet the people who build the 600-acre Knossos Palace on the island of Crete.  Meredith Curtis loves uncovering exciting tidbits from the past. Ancient History and Scripture collide to pass on wisdom as we learn another Life Lesson from Ancient History.

 

 

Today’s sponsor is Powerline Productions. Powerline Productions wants to equip you to be a world changer and raise world changers. They offer curriculum, unit studies, high school courses, Bible studies, cookbooks, and How-to-Homeschool books. Find them at PowerlineProd.com.

 

High School Curriculum by Powerline Productions, Finish Well Radio, Podcast #049Teach History the Fun Way with books by Powerline Productions, Inc., Finish Well Radio, Podcast #049Unit Study Books and Lapbooks by Powerline Productions, Inc., Finish Well Radio, Podcast #049

Show Notes

Legend of Atlantis

Plato, who heard it from his grandfather, who heard it from Solon, wrote down the story of The Lost City of Atlantis.

In 355 B.C., Plato wrote down the legend of Atlantis and the noble people who gave up their virtue for greed and other sins; eventually being punished by the “gods” and sunk to the bottom of the sea by a violent earthquake.

Could this be the Minoan Island of Thera?

Crete

The buzzing hub of the Minoan civilization was located on the island of Crete.

Arising 2-3 centuries after the dispersion from Babel, the Minoans were a sophisticated, highly advanced civilization. Stone roads connected their cities. Each city had a beautiful palace.

Palace of Knossos.

Artwork.

Architecture.

Trade

A nation of merchants who built sturdy ships and traveled all over the world.

Exports: barley, wine, currants, olive oil, cypress wood, artwork, ships, wool, cloth, herbs, and purple dye

Imports: gold, silver, copper, ivory, precious stones, and tin

There is evidence that they made it to North American to mine copper.

Fashion.

Writing. Alphabet.

Religion.

Bull Leaping

Along with worshipping idol/goddesses and idol/gods, the bull was worshipped. Along with worshipping bulls, bull leaping was a popular sport that required athletic skill and fearlessness. Athletes leaped over bulls, or possibly leaped on top of them.

Minoan Town of Thera

Description of wealthy town.

Volcanoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes weakened the Minoan city-states. In 1600 BC, the island of Thera experienced one of the worst volcanoes eruptions in all of history. The town of Akrotiri was buried. After destroying the entire island of Thera, the volcanic ash spread to neighboring Crete. The volcanic eruption also triggered tsunamis that destroyed most of the homes and buildings along the coast of Crete.

Economy ruined. All their sturdy ships were lost, along with their ability to travel port to port, making money.

Though the Minoans continued to live on Crete, their wealth was gone. They were weak and vulnerable to the invasion of the Mycenaeans, or Greeks.

Though they were one of the most advanced ancient civilizations, the Minoans fell completely, forgotten until an archeologist uncovered their remains in 1900. For centuries, they were forgotten. Why?

Life Lesson from Ancient History

When you see the rise and fall of nations in the Bible, you notice that God judges nations because of terrible sin and rejection of God.

Making lots of money is a goal for many people. Even Christians can fall into that trap.

The Minoans had wealth, sophistication, religion, writing, beautiful artwork, and fun sports like bull leaping. But, they lacked the most important thing. They did not fear and serve the Lord.

Resources

Ancient History Cookbook by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc., Finish Well Radio, Podcast #049Ancient History Timeline by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc., Finish Well Radio, Podcast #049

Let's Have Our Own Archaeological Dig by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc., Finish Well Radio, Podcast #049

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