Learning history while traveling is one of the easiest things to do. With history naturally being made with each passing day, I believe it’s another one of those subjects that’s best taught beyond the textbooks.
Learning History While Traveling
There are so many opportunities to learn history while traveling. Besides using textbooks to learn about things from the past, every place you visit is sure to offer its own unique imprint from times lived long ago. Below are a few ways to to learn history wherever you go.
Visit a local historical museum.
Most towns, even the smaller ones, will have some type of museum. When we were in Somerset, KY, we had the opportunity to visit the Wayne County Historical Museum and it was the best by far. They had donations of actual artifacts known to their land. From courthouse records from the 1800 and early 1900s to one of the first “automobiles,” this was a trip for the books.
In addition, most museums like this are free and may even have activities for the children to do.
Take a trip downtown.
Pretty much every town I’ve ever been in has a “downtown” that is considered one of its most historical places. When watching old-time movies, towns were typically started like this… a few primary buildings that served as the community’s must-have’s. It also seems to be the place that most towns still for their primary departments. Take a stroll and see what history you can learn about the place you’re currently visiting.
Check for local historic sites and parks.
From old farmhouses to burial grounds, our country is filled with lots of historic sites. A lot of it is mostly protected and preserved but some are not. Something we like to do is take drives to see what a town has and we almost always stumble upon something historical in nature.
Create a History Traveling Notebooking Journal
Give your homeschoolers creative liberty to document what they encounter along their travels as it pertains to history. They can use templates from my FREE notebooking pack to create an interactive notebook or journal.
What are some unique ways you teach history in your homeschool?
I’d love to hear from you! Let me (and others know) some fun and unique ways you bring history to life in your homeschool. Bonus points if you share places to visit!