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Monday, April 2, 2012

If We Don’t Pay Attention to the Past…

…we are bound to repeat the mistakes!

Ah…history. Lovely history.

What?!  You don’t feel that history is wonderful? Well, you’re not alone! History for me personally was always a boring subject in school. Memorize names and dates, take tests on said memorized information and then move on. And promptly forget it. That’s how it was done.

But I don’t feel that way now. I love history. I love it some much I tried to major in it in college {turns out I only got to minor in it but most of my studies were history centered}. I was fortunate to find an instructor that made history more interesting {mostly by his own personality, I might add} and the rest is, well, history. *wink*

Now I get to choose what we use for history, and that means I can find what is interesting. This week’s theme for the TOS Blog Cruise is “What is your favorite history resource?”

We use all mostly living books for our history study. The reason is they are just more interesting and we can recall the person and event better with these. We still don’t always get the date Winking smile

There is a plethora of free resources online that are history oriented but there are also some great for cost products that I think are great investments. Here are just a few of my favorites –I cannot be expected to choose just one!{free and cost}:

  • Of course my favorite resource of my favorites is most likely Ambleside Online because that’s where I go to first to find what books would be good to use for living books history.
  • Heritage History- this site offers books that can be read for free online or you can purchase ebooks (quite inexpensively). These are all books that were written prior to 1923. They also have full history curriculum- book lists, maps, summary; it’s all included!
  • Truth Quest History- although I’ve just recently been exposed to this curriculum, I’m liking it for it’s Biblical view of history. It also has given me more books to include in our studies- many of them ‘living’ books.
  • Book lists- there are a few here that I’ve found that I go back to when looking for good living books.
    • Paula’s Archive has living books listed by different time periods as well as some video supplements.
    • Penny Gardner is always a great resource for living books.
    • Bringing Up Learners has a resources list that I’ve used to find some good history books. They also offer a free curriculum utilizing the books on the list.
  • Websites:
    • History Matters- this is a very good resource for US History. It includes many personal accounts and primary documents throughout US history.
    • Primary Access- another site for primary documents. I’ve not used this very often {seem to forget it’s there!}.

And some closing thoughts (that I would like to think I would have had eventually *wink*):

"By dismissing the past or by giving it only cursory textbook treatment, modern education produces students whom T.S. Eliot called "provincials of time." These students regard the past with ignorant condescension, assuming that all its scant benefits, through some mysterious process of progressive evolution, have been retained, while its evils have for the most part been shed away. They are infected with the fever of progress, supposing that the mere passage of time acts like a great threshing machine, discarding the chaff and preserving the wheat. Whatever kernels of truth this world ever possessed are somewhere in the loaf now being proffered by science. Nor, in this condition, can the young stomach the medicine of the past, with its stern warnings and meticulous instructions for human improvement printed on the label. In a school predicated only upon science, the student can be nothing more than what he is. That, to be sure, can be developed- and human development results from yielding to certain inner patterns of truth (to which only the psychiatrist is privy), not from imposing the crushing obligations of a historical dogma or of an Ideal Type. The student is not asked to bear any responsibility for a past from which he is intellectually and existentially cut off."
David Hicks
Norms and Nobility (cited at Higher Up and Further In)

"The object of children's literary studies is not to give them precise information as to who wrote what in the reign of whom? -- but to give them a sense of the spaciousness of the days, not only of great Elizabeth, but of all those times of which poets, historians and the makers of tales, have left us living pictures. In such ways the children secure, not the sort of information which is of little cultural value, but wide spaces wherein imagination may take those holiday excursions deprived of which life is dreary; judgment, too, will turn over these folios of the mind and arrive at fairly just decisions about a given strike, the question of Poland, Indian Unrest. Every man is called upon to be a statesman seeing that every man and woman, too, has a share in the government of the country; but statesmanship requires imaginative conceptions, formed upon pretty wide reading 'and some familiarity with historical precedents. " --Charlotte Mason (cited at Charlotte Mason Helps)

Have a look at others favorite History resources by traveling along with the TOS Blog Cruise 4/3/12.

What are some of YOUR favorites?


  1. Cool! I'm checking out your good books resource sites.

  2. Checking out a couple of the resource websites that I'm not familiar with!


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