I don't know about you, but my experiences learning history in school were incredibly boring.
I don't use that word lightly. Teachers who require students to read a basic, uninteresting summary of a portion of history, chapter by chapter, assigning questions at the end of the chapter and then giving students a chapter test, is the most unimaginative way to teach a subject that I can think of, especially history.
And that is what I experienced throughout all of my grades in school - and in college.
I actually learned very little of the 12 years of U.S. history that was presented to me in this way. I truly remember very little except the pioneer field trip in 3rd grade. Sad.
When I stopped teaching in the public schools and began educating my children in our home, I decided that we weren't going to learn history in that manner.
We haven't. ☺
Our years of learning history, from Creation through modern times, has consisted of:
...and much more, as well as working through several history texts that were actually written in a manner that was interesting and poignant to work through.
When I heard that Diana Waring had written some new historical books with accompanying CD's that would bring the Old West, a new nation, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder books to life, I was all for that!
I wanted to share this with you because if you are a home educating family, or you know someone who is - or you know someone who is a teacher and could benefit from a fun, well-designed addition to their U.S. history/pioneer curriculum, this is a great option to add for some learning fun!
If you have children or grandchildren, or other children in your life, and they haven't yet learned the folk songs that you'll see listed below, this would be fun to read through and listen to some fun and fabulous folk music that accompanies each historical vignette.
Experience History Through Music contains 3 book/CD sets:
As the name of this series implies, these book and CD sets allow you to Experience History Through Music. Each title contains one book and one CD. The pages of the books hold dozens of historical pictures, bright and interesting stories connecting each of the songs to its moment in history, and even sheet music and chord charts! The CDs are rousing, professional recordings that draw in all listeners. The two combine for fond memories and a grand, knee-slapping good time.
These books are available for $18.99 each, but during July 2014, all 3 books with CDs are available for $50 as a set.
How Experience History Through Music works:
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