Math and History

But I failed math and Hate History!
How can I teach my own kids?

Why do we teach math and History?   

Well, let's look at both subjects a wee bit closer.
At the end of this email, I have two free downloads for you.

Math is everywhere!

Whether your child will grow up to be a mechanical engineer or a stay at home mom, kids need to learn their math facts.

Basic Math Skills necessary for life:

  • adding/subtracting
  • multiplying/dividing
  • measuring to the nearest 32nd of an inch, or millimeter (English and metrics)
  • Basic geometry: shapes and solid figures (triangle verses a cone)
  • finding area and perimeter.
My Opinion:
God is a mathematician!
Anything that is important to Him is important to us and therefore worthy to teach to our children.

Why do we teach history and geography?

The highlight of my history class was always passing a note to my friend Joan.
I was incredibly gifted at not only writing notes but folding them into neat little shapes.
I was also an expert at passing them without getting caught.

I couldn't care less about the period of history that the teacher was droning on about.

That all changed when I discovered the power of historical fiction.
Suddenly, I cared. Why?

When a beautiful story is woven and takes place against a historically accurate backdrop, it becomes historical fiction. All of a sudden it all makes sense.

Our minds are hard wired to want a story.

Forget "teaching history" as a long list of when and what's.
Instead, share a story that is filled with wonderfully accurate facts.

Why Teach history at all?
History repeats itself!

We want to equip our kids to make wise choices based on history.

By studying cultures, events, and people of the past we can teach our children to pattern their lives, "based on history".

History gives us an endless supply of examples of wise and stupid decisions of people that have walked this world before us. Let's teach our children to look for examples in the lives of those who have gone before us.

Short List of History Subjects:
  • Biblical History
  • Archaeology
  • Ancient Civilizations (They were brilliant!!)
  • Medieval History
  • Renaissance
  • Dark Ages
  • Colonial America
  • Civil War
  • American Revolution
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Cold War
  • World War I and II
  • Native American History
  • Westward expansion
  • Geography! This world is a fascinating place!
  • and more, much more
Look for historical fiction to share with your kids regardless of the period of time you are exploring together. 

History is much more than a memorized list of dates!

My Opinion:
God is the ultimate historian! Read your Bible with your children and research history mentioned.

There is so much to learn about God and the character of a follower of Christ wrapped up within the subject of history. You could spend an entire lifetime studying any one area of history.

When exposing your children to important historical events, be prepared to pause and dive deeper into an area of interest!

Anything that is important to God is important to us and therefore worthy to teach to our children.

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  1. Awesome awesome videos Bekki!

    Thanks so much for linking them up at the homeschool link up! These will be great for beginning homeschoolers!

  2. Thanks Lisa! My heart continually hopes to bless and encourage beginning and frustrated homeschoolers!

  3. Love this! "My Opinion:God is a mathematician!" Oh so true. He created symmetry, pairs and geometrical shapes. I can't even imagine the math that goes into the creation of our body. Amazing! I have really enjoyed browsing your blog. There are lots of homeschool families at my church. I will pass along your blog site!


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