Thursday, September 28, 2017

Five Reasons to Teach History Chronologically on The Homeschool Post

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Does the study of history bring to mind a list of dates to memorize, or do you picture the people and events of the past? Can you see the connections between events and the overarching story of the world? Although there are undoubtedly dates and specific details that should be memorized, I believe that history is more compelling and memorable when viewed as a story, and understood chronologically. It wasn't until I started doing my own reading, in late high school and college, that I grasped the chronological order of many historical events, and it changed my whole perspective! It actually made so much more sense.

Why teach history chronologically?

It develops a storyline, and everyone loves a good story. We want to know what happens next! Who wins the conflict? Did the bad guy get what was coming to him? Did the good guy eventually win? Did they live happily ever after? When a story develops, it has a better chance of holding our interest and sticking in our memory. 

It gives context to the events, it introduces us to interesting characters, it ties in with literature, and therefore, it's easier to remember.
If history were told in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. ~Rudyard Kipling
Join me over at The Homeschool Post for more about my reasons for teaching history chronologically. And as always, you'll find lots of helpful articles there about all kinds of homeschool topics.

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