Remembering the names of famous people in history, can really be a challenge. As a home schooling parent I am always trying to come up with additional ways to help my children remember. I have found that the key is really to come up with creative ways to help your children remember. Not all children remember what they read in a book. Of course the ideas below are just suggestions, and can be changed based on your child’s own preference. Below you will find a few creative ideas, and suggestions on how you can help your homeschooler to remember, who they are learning about.
Guess who is a fun game that you can play with your child to help them remember the characters they are learning about. All you need for this is some construction paper, tape, scissors, glue, markers, and pictures of the characters that your child are learning about. Cut a two to three inch strip from the construction paper. You will be using the strips to make a headband to fit on your child’s head. You can use several strips until it fits comfortably around your child’s head. You can tape the strips together or glue them. Allow the glue strips to dry before using it. Next you will want to draw a square shape on another piece of construction paper. Use the scrap pieces that you have left to create a small pocket on the bottom of the square. You can glue the pocket to the bottom of the square. Cut the pictures of the history characters; try to make them small enough so that they can fit into the small pocket. To play the game you put the picture into the pocket without your child seeing it. Then you give them a few clues, about the character until they can guess who it is. Not only will this help them learn their facts, but they will learn even more history about the character.
History flash cards
Flash cards work for just about all subjects. Lots of teachers use math flashcards, spelling flashcards, and you can even make history flashcards. You can use heavy duty construction paper, or contact paper to make the cards. On the card you can glue one picture of the historical picture or place. On the back side of the card you can put down one interesting fact. You can read the facts to them, and then have them guessed who, or what is on the other side of the card.
Act it out
Why not take the time, and act out some of the most famous scenes in history. You can make up little cards with a part for everyone on them. You can even go as far as to make props, and even some scenery. You can really make history come alive by using this method.