History is probably my favorite thing to study. It was my favorite subject in high school and one of the most interesting parts of college. What I love about history is that it’s everywhere. You can’t study literature or art or music without also studying history. In fact, in our homeschool, we have used music history, art history, even garden history to supplement (or count entirely toward) our history lessons. We learn just as much from studying the arts of a culture as we do from studying its politics. I mean, the two are often intertwined, aren’t they?
I crush hard on using novels to teach history, too. I love to find books written during an era we’re studying so the boys can get the nuances of language and society as they learn about the history of a place. It’s not as hard to do as you might think. But there are also more modern works set during historical periods that can really transport a little back to that time. There’s nothing better than falling back on a novel I enjoyed as a child except maybe finding a new one for the boys and I to enjoy together. I have A Lot of favorites, but there are some that genuinely stand out as genius.