I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy history when I was in school. It was very boring and I just learned what I had to to pass the tests. In the process of homeschooling my kids, I have learned so many interesting things that I never learned while I was in school. History can be exciting, just not the way I learned it.
We have discovered living books through our Charlotte Mason homeschooling style. Our family loves learning about the lives of people in history. It makes so much more sense to learn about people than to worry about specific dates and wars. In doing this we learn about important events as they relate to the people during those times. We read lots of books that tell stories about famous (and not so famous) people and it makes it so much more interesting than just memorizing facts.
Amy Puetz is a homeschooling graduate who has started her own business writing books about history. She is a Christian who loves history and God. The following is an excerpt from her website at www.amypuetz.com.
There is one thing that you will notice right away about my site and that is that I LOVE history! I’ve always loved to learn about historical events and people who impacted their generation. Because of a chronic illness (fibromyalgia) that limits what I can do, the Lord led me to start an online business which I can do from home.
I was generously given a copy of her eBook titled Uncover Exciting History which sells on her website for $14.95. You can also get a paperback copy for $16.95. It is over 180 pages and you can read sample pages here. This book is written like a well loved story book. It just happens to be about famous Americans. This makes it so interesting. We are starting our new school year (I know, kind of strange to be starting in May) and we are focusing on early American History so this has come to our family at a perfect time. The book starts out with the founder of America, Christopher Columbus. Each story reveals America’s Christian heritage in short, easy to read, stories.
I greatly appreciated the “Digging Deeper” section at the end of each chapter. This gives a couple of questions to answer and a few book ideas to further your study. There is also some hands on ideas for making this more into a unit study on history. For example, the Christopher Columbus section gives the option of building a miniature replica of the Santa Maria. Although there are not specific instructions for doing this, Amy does give you ideas on where to find model kits.
A few of the topics you will read about in this book are
- Lost Colony of Roanoke
- French and Indian War
- The Story of the Constitution
- Lewis and Clark
- The Mexican War
- The Klondike Gold Rush
- The Great Depression
And many, many more.
Amy has written books on many topics including :
There is something for every history buff on her website and a lot of things that will help you to learn to love history. My niece is studying in college to be a history teacher. I introduced her to Amy and she loves the website and says she will use some of the these books in her high school classroom.
If you are having trouble getting your children to enjoy history, you should check out Amy’s website to see if this is something that will benefit your family. We enjoyed reading the stories and look forward to reading more as we continue our study of American history. I have learned over the last several years that history isn’t boring, you just need to find ways to make learning it more exciting.
Please note that I was given a copy of Uncover Exciting History in exchange for my honest opinion in this review as a part of Mama Buzz. You can read what others have to say about this e-book by visiting the Mama Buzz website. Thank you to Amy Puetz and Mama Buzz for this opportunity.