There’s a HUGE world out there just waiting to be explored! One of the biggest reasons we chose to homeschool was my husband and I both understand that you learn more by doing than you do by simply reading and taking notes.
One of the best ways to do when it comes to history is to actually go somewhere and see exactly where history was made. Seeing the land, the fields, the mountains, and the actual objects makes history come alive in a way that reading a book never can. Reading is great! Reading a story about an event opens your world to that concept and idea, but it doesn’t come anywhere near actually going to that place and seeing history come alive.
To make history come alive in your homeschool, we present the history of the United States in 100 historic places where you can Go and Do History:
Before Europeans arrived in the New World, the land was inhabited by tribes of Native Americans. These people may not have left a written record behind, but they did leave a record on the land. Visit parks with pueblos in rocky overhangs and mounds built by hand over hundred of years:
In the early 1500s, Europeans arrived on the shores of Florida, and the period of exploration and colonization began. Travel from the banks of the Manatee River with De Soto to the shores of Plymouth with the Pilgrims:
After 200 years of growth, tensions mount between the Colonies and the Old World. From the “Shot Heard Round the World” to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, experience the sights of the American Revolution:
As citizens recognize the pain of slavery, new conflicts arise between the states. In 1961, those conflicts boil over into the Civil War. The first shot was at Fort Sumter, and the struggle went on for four years until Robert E. Lee surrendered. Travel the battlefields and experience the pain of a nation torn apart:
The War Between the States is over, and rebuilding has begun. Along with a nation rebuilding, we had a nation inventing. See the treasures of the Gilded Age and the inventions of the Industrial Revolution:
As the Industrial Revolution reached its peak, unrest broke out around the world. The early decades of the twentieth century were full of wars abroad, a Great Depression at home, but also some amazing advances in architecture and sciences:
The Second World War is over, but injustice still reigns in the homeland. See the sites of the Civil Rights movement, then watch as technology takes us in a whole new direction. Finally, we arrive in the years of our recent memories, where we teach our children about events that shook our childhoods:
Interested in more places to explore with your family? This Crazy Homeschool Life is giving away one copy of 100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life: From Your Backyard to the Ends of the Earth.
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This post is a part of the iHomeschool Network 100 Things post.
Visit the first post in the series: 5 Native American Sites
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