Trekking Through History is a fun and educational game. It’s a great way to learn history in your homeschool.
My oldest is a history major and just went back to college last week.
One of things we talked about over the summer break was how to help my youngest son develop a better understanding of history, despite his learning differences. History has long been my favorite subject and my oldest child has been a history fanatic since childhood. But what about my youngest?
If your child struggles with traditional methods of teaching history, you know why I am concerned.
A Nontraditional Approach To Learning For A Nontraditional Learner
A textbook has never been a good option for my youngest. In fact, it’s the fastest way to ensure that he will tune out and not retain the learning. Now that he is in high school, it seems like opportunities to learn history in a way that is engaging and successful are few and far between.
After some back and forth, I finally decided to go with what I know works best: hands-on, experience based learning.
Hands-On Learning: History In Your Homeschool
Instead of looking for a new textbook for this school year, I went on the search for more engaging, immersive learning options.
I was thrilled to discover that Underdog Games, a company I have heard about for years from my friend Cait at My Little Poppies, has a brand new Trekking Through History game coming out just in time for the back to school season.
Trekking Through History invites you to travel through time to experience beautiful moments from our past. Throughout the game, you meet legendary people and join remarkable events.
A strategy game for families and adults, it features 108 of the most remarkable historical events from around the world.
Trekking Through History: A Fun And Educational Option For Gameschooling
Here are just a few of the features of Trekking Through History that make it a great fit for my family:
- Although it is substantial, the game is easy to understand and play.
- There is a video tutorial linked in the instructions (a MUST to help my son learn the rules of a game!). You can see it for yourself below.
- Gameplay is between 30-45 minutes. We do not do long, drawn out games in this house.
- It is a 2-4 player game, so we can play it together as a family of 4, or my youngest and I can pull it out on a homeschool afternoon.
- The artwork and visuals are beautiful and inviting.
Trekking Through History includes:
- 108 History cards
- 12 Ancestor cards
- 1 clock (cardboard)
- 4 Pocket Watches
- 4 Player Point markers
- 84 Experience tokens (20 Person, 18 Event, 16 Innovation, 16 Progress, 14 Wild)
- 20 Time Crystals
- 4 Crystal Tanks
- 24 Itineraries
- 1 playmat
- 4 Reference Cards
- 1 Rulebook
- 1 Date index
- 4 Time Warp markers
- 24 Time Warp cards
- 1 Time Warp rulebook
All of these elements are beautifully designed and so well done. This is a game that will last for years, no matter how hard your kids typically are on board games.
Learning History As A Family
We played Trekking Through History together before making the trip back to college. Both of my kiddos were impressed with the dynamic game play, as well as the events and cultures featured.
Most importantly, my youngest learned a ton and we had fun.
We are adding Trekking Through History to our homeschool this fall. Want to join us?
Shawna Wingert is a former training and development professional turned education specialist, and has homeschooled her two children for the last ten years.Shawna has written four books about homeschooling unique learners and has been featured in homeschooling discussions on Today.com, The Mighty, Simple Homeschool, My Little Poppies and Raising Lifelong Leaners.
You can find her online here at DifferentByDesignLearning.com.