Friday 30 November 2018

How to Get Children Interested in History

** Collaborative Post **

We can learn so much from history, getting to know the world around us and learning why things are the way they are. History can be fascinating, and there’s always something new to discover, which is partly why it’s so interesting!

However, it’s easy for our children to become disinterested with history, especially if they struggle to engage with the subject at school. For that reason, it’s important that we do what we can to introduce history to our children, making it as fun and interesting as possible.

Here are some top tips to help you get your children more interested and involved with history. 

Experiencing it First-Hand

Children learn in different ways and sometimes, they need to see something tangible for themselves in order to focus on it. Luckily, there are numerous examples of history all around us! Combine learning with fun and plan an enjoyable day out for the whole family to get involved with – whether you go to a museum, visit a castle, or take a tour to find out what life was like in the past, there are plenty of options to let your little ones see some history first-hand.

Make it Fun

We all know that even the most interesting subjects can seem dull and boring in the wrong situation, and if school History classes just aren’t cutting it for your child, it might well be time to take matters into your own hands. What are your child’s favourite interests and hobbies? Can you combine these with history in order to make it more appealing? From interactive online games to trying out delicious recipes from different periods of history, get your thinking cap on and see what creative ideas you can come up with.

Sociable Learning

Although your child will be learning alongside their classmates at school, it can be easy to get distracted and hard to focus on the topic at hand. If your child has a homework project to complete for History class, sit with them and see if you can lend a hand. Embrace any opportunities for class trips that come up and possibly even consider asking around to see if any other parents have any ideas that could benefit both children.

Find the Right Topic

History is such a broad, varied subject that it can be easy to find an alternative if your child doesn’t seem to be engaging with a particular era of history. We all learn the basics like the Victorians, Tudors, Ancient Romans and Egyptians from an early age, but perhaps a more unique approach could be the way to grab a bored child’s attention. Try subtly introducing new ideas to your child – whether it is through TV shows and films, a book, or simply a conversation, you never know when their curiosity could be piqued.

Personal Preferences

In spite of your best efforts, sometimes a particular subject just won’t engage a child – no matter what you do! If this is the case, don’t push the matter and instead, allow your child to take the lead. While things like homework are still a must, there is no point trying to make them pursue a subject they don’t like outside the classroom. Instead, do your best to help them as much as possible and encourage their other interests. You never know where they might lead!

Above all else, learning should be fun. If your child is struggling to engage with history at school, you could always try a different tactic at home to see if you can find a way of learning that suits them better. From interactive activities to getting out and about and experiencing history first-hand, it surely won’t be long before they’re fascinated with history!


**This is a collaborative post in which I received payment for. It was not written by myself and the opinions expressed in this post are not my own.**

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