Having just said that we are doing History from the beginning, there are 2 exceptions. We are also looking at Scottish and French history. It’s for cultural reasons, rather than anything else. We no longer live in Scotland, so the only way they will learn about their home country is if we study it. And we home educate, so the only real way they will learn French history is if we study it.
Explanation done. Let’s look at what we are using for Scottish history.
We’ve been mostly ending each chapter with a type of crafty notebooking page (I’m not a great notebooker, so I really feel like I’m making this up). And just in case, there is someone else who can use the ideas, here are the useful pages that we have done, with the chapters included.
This method leaves them a bit short.
This is my work. I was begining to get an idea of how to make this work for them… I simply photocopied this for the other notebook.
We used this mostly to look at things I thought they should have some idea about, and we had a wee google to pull together some images.
Took the chance to explore heraldry. They compared their shields to the real Hay shield when we were finished.
Chapter 8 & 9
More to help them remember the bloody theme, rather than details… they were beginning to wane at this stage. Getting the paints out really helped them with their interest.
They really did not want to draw my suggestions, which were ‘designed’ specifically to help their recall. Hence, the rather unclear pictures. And the reason why I’m much more dictatorial when it comes to their history craft at the moment.
This one was cut out for them, and I wrote after checking they knew what should be written.
Incidentally, for 2 girly girls, they hardly flinch when they hear about the blood and gore. Perhaps it is simply too far removed for it to affect them. They certainly don’t enjoy it (phew), apart from being allowed to use paint if necessary.
How do you make history real and memorable?