Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: History

This week's photo challenge at The Canadian Homeschooler is focusing on my favorite subject - History! I'm not sure it is a favorite of my kids, but generally they do like it. This year we are combining history, geography, and social studies in a study of the Americas. We started with a look at South America, and so far have learned a bit about the history of each of the countries of South America. We have also done a unit about the Inca civilization, and are working on the Maya and Aztec civilizations now as our attention is starting to shift to central America. We are also studying the explorers and conquistadores, and are learning about the Latin American independence movements of the 1800s.

Along the way, we've also discussed the mysterious Easter Island statues and the traditional folk arts of South America.

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We like to include hands-on projects wherever possible in our homeschool, and artwork is something that works well. In past years we've managed to include art projects during studies of the ancient cultures (Egypt, Greece, Rome, and more), the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the discovery of the New World, and lots more! This was a drawing done while we were studying knights and castles of Europe a couple years ago.

I love to go on field trips while vacationing and from our home base, and it's such fun to be able to see so many fascinating historical sites close to home. We live in a great location for field trips related to American history - near Washington DC, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, and much more. Almost everywhere we go, even very close to home, we see historical buildings dating back to colonial America.

Fort McHenry in Baltimore 
Family field trip weekend near Historic St Mary's City, MD
C&O Canal near Washington DC
fun at home studying the Boston Tea Party
How do you study history? Leave a comment and let me know! You can see other weekly photos shared at The Canadian Homeschooler Weekly Photo Challenge - History and share your own pictures.

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Lisa Marie said...

Oh - you sure make history fun! I love history too - we're studying ancient history this year. It's a blast! Thanks so much for joining in :)

kewkew said...

History sure looks fun at your house. And I am a bit jealous of your ability to go to so many historical sites. We are studying Biblical history right now with My Father's World 1st grade. I love doing hands on crafts and snacks.
Sorry it took me so long to stop by. Thanks for sharing with Throwback Thursday Blog-Style.

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