I don’t remember where I first heard the advice to write down what you do in a homeschool day instead of the other way around.
It helps you feel productive and more easily see past the “didn’t dos.”
But I kind of like planning. I love homeschool resources and tools and books …
My friend Cait thinks out things she wants to do in a given week, but doesn’t tie them to a particular day, and I love that idea because you never know when things are just going to get dumb – when the dog is going to eat something he shouldn’t, or when a child is going to wake up ready to punch things.
And so I do what Cait does now, but I still follow that advice I got all those years ago to write down our accomplishments.
I’ve decided that the best way to homeschool is to borrow ideas from people here and there, and then just be brave.
Just do it, and do it your way (with little bits of other people’s ways if they make sense, but not if they just make you feel bad.)
And so it’s with that that I want to show you something I made for you:
It’s an e-book! It’s based on the way my family studied history this year, and we all loved it so much that I found myself writing things down and keeping track.
Because it wasn’t a formal plan to study historical mysteries, you see. I didn’t write than down in August.
It just happened and I decided to go with it.
And then I decided to go with it some more and type it all up and try to make it look kind of pretty, and then I got crazy and made a cover, and well, it turns out that I made a book.
So here’s it is:
Slow down. It isn’t really an old paperback.
It’s a fancy new ebook! Look:
It’s called History Mysteries and it contains nine mysteries for you to study together as a family. Each “case” has background information, research materials (books, podcasts, videos, documentaries, etc.), plus suggestions for further study.
I’ve also included book ideas for moms and dads to read, and some discussion questions to get you started.
But I promise, these cases are so great, you will have terrific conversations far beyond my few questions.
In our family, we studied these cases over an entire year – but you don’t have to do it that way. My friend Pam suggested it might be a fun way to study history this summer, for instance.
But however you do it, I hope you will enjoy it – because that’s the whole point!
I used to think history was kind of boring back when I was in school. But it turns out that it doesn’t have to be all dry dates and boring text books.
History can be intriguing, exciting and fun.
Learn about the allies dropping a corpse to fool the Germans during World War II. Study some curses! Try to figure out what happened to the passengers and crew of a ghost ship, and why everyone in Salem went bonkers.
I guarantee you, these true tales will get your kids excited about history.
In fact, we have had so much fun, I’m thinking sequel …
But until then, I have some fun news – I’d like to give away a copy of my ebook, History Mysteries to one of you lovely people. Just leave a comment below. The giveaway will be open until Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m. CST, and I will contact the winner directly. Also, I’d love it if you would share about this giveaway on social media, so if you do that, come back here and let me know in the comments and it will count as another entry.
The winner is Kim who said, “My kids are the perfect age for this! What a fun way to study history!”
Thank you everyone for entering to win! To get your own copy, you can still head here where it’s on sale for $2.99.