The Best Way To Homeschool History When Your Child Is Struggling

Out of the box learners require an out of the box approach to learning. This is how we homeschool history, even when my children are struggling. 


I have been feeling really guilty lately about our homeschool routine.

NOT because my children aren’t learning. They are in fact, in a season of voracious learning, particularly when it comes to history.

My oldest actually “teaches” my youngest history, his favorite subject, every morning using videos.

And that’s why I have been feeling a bit guilty.

Is it really “OK” to learn by simply watching videos together?

The Best Way To Homeschool History When Your Child Is Struggling

I know the answer is yes. Of course I do.

I have been homeschooling these children long enough to realize that video and interacting with a screen actually has multi-sensory benefits that cannot be denied. 

Audio learning, visual learning, even the tactile tapping of the screen to get from one video to the next – it all engages the brain in ways that help a struggling learner comprehend and retain information. 

The best videos add even more to the experience by illustrating topics and concepts that would otherwise be lost on the printed page. 

The Best Way To Homeschool History When Your Child Is Struggling

Please know, although I was compensated for my time in writing this post, I only share products that genuinely work for my family, in the hopes they may work for yours as well!

The Best Way To Homeschool History When Your Child Is Struggling

Homeschooling a struggling learner requires us to look beyond the usual methods and find alternatives that best suit our child’s needs.

That being said, the very best way to help your child learn, especially when they are struggling, is to do what works (and stop trying to force the things that are not!).

For us, this means three things:

    1. Multi-sensory learning
    2. Short lessons
    3. Moving at the child’s pace

Because history is a subject that allows for much crossover (language arts and science can be practiced and even mastered, through a historical lens) and because my children love it so much, I have focused much of our efforts in the past on hands-on activities, art and field trips. 

My children are older now and as they change, the ways we incorporate my three learning requirements (multi-sensory learning, short lessons, child’s own pacing) are changing as well.

Thus, videos on the couch have become, despite my guilt, a real and effective way to learn.

The Best Way To Homeschool History When Your Child Is Struggling

Homeschool History Made Easy

I am not the only one seeing the benefits of this. 

I am so excited about a new online program from the team at Notgrass History. Already an excellent provider of homeschooling resources, they are taking it a step further this year and offering a new way to access multi-sensory, online options for history. It’s like they created it just for me and our circumstances. 

This new Homeschool History Membership provides access to a database of hundreds (that’s right, hundreds!) of books, videos, audio resources and other sites. It’s all categorized by topic to make it easy to find online learning materials by topic, time period, and geographical area.

It literally does all the research and planning for you. You put in the topic of interest and study, the database provides a list of resources including:

audio files

videos

books

historic sites (some with online field trips available)

events

websites

It’s like having someone pull together an individualized, carefully curated learning plan just for you and your family.

The Best Way To Homeschool History When Your Child Is Struggling

 

homeschooling history

What I love most about this concept is how easy it is to create a learning experience that works well for struggling learners.

The membership is an excellent value at only $24 for the entire year. 

I am happy to share this resource with you and even happier to offer you their  30-day free trial


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6 Comments

  1. Your posts always come out at just the right time!!! I have been feeling so guilty (and embarrassed) bc my son LOVES learning via YouTube. He Pretty much is doing all of his learning via YouTube videos at this time. But he actually knows and learns so much. Full Disclosure he currently hates history. So I need to find some history videos that will interest him.

  2. Love your posts! What age range does this history membership work best for? I’m raising my 11 year old autistic grandson who also has adhd. Thank so much for all you do!

    1. There is a huge selection of options. I would say he is right in the sweet spot age/developmentally. (He would probably LOVE the map function – you click various dots on the map and it takes you to geographically significant locations.Very cool!)
      Maybe give it a try for the free time frame and see what you think? There is so much on there, I am finding new ways to use the site every day.

  3. You just put into words what I NEEDED to see in print, besides just knowing in my head-that screen time is valuable for our SN kiddos that can’t read, and while mine have pretty intense cognitive disabilities, learning IS happening while they are engaged with you-tube, and I am momentarily free to deal with the other crises that come up during the day. THANKYOU!!!!!

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