First The Photo: Where was this taken? Hint: It was once the main residence of the infamous King Henry VIII….
Second The Question: History comes alive through stories, movies and visits to famous places that allow you to see and experience the sights, sounds and smells of civilizations that once inhabited our world. It is fascinating to learn about the past, both good and bad. We come away with a deeper understanding of what shaped us into the people we are today. What is your favorite time of history? Do you have a favorite historical story? Do you like to learn about the times of inspiration or do you lean towards hearing about times of strife?
Third Next Steps: Take a trip to your local public library. Venture into the nonfiction sections, either in the children’s department or in the adult sections. Check out a book, story book or nonfiction video tape about a time in history. Choose a historical event that is relevant to youf or your family. Share some background with your child before you begin watching the video or reading the book. Spend time after debriefing about what you learned. It can also be fun to watch videos that are fictional stories set in specific times in history. Examples are: Sound of Music set in Austria during WWII, or The King and I set in the Far East while England was still a major power there. These are both fun family friendly versions that bring history to life.
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