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MAKE HISTORY COME ALIVE

Those Who Cannot Remember The Past Are Condemned To Repeat It.

Introduction
Children have an attraction to things of the past. They are generally attracted towards ancient coins, many of the rituals, etc. in their natural play experiences. All children know about "once upon a time" and "long, long ago" but may not understand the precise sequence of history.


The struggles of kings and saints impact the child's mind, but specific events and dates may not have much of an influence on their minds.

History can be brought to life when a student imagines what it was like to be alive in the past. The best way of developing this imagination is through various activities where children can visit original historical scenes or recreate them at home / classroom.

History must be taught by story telling, only then will the kids begin to understand that historical figures are not simply names in the text book but were flesh and blood human beings.


Fun Activities To Promote History Skills

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History in the house : Find out about the origin of your city / town. Who built it and when ? The information like this can then develop into a deeper study of a specific period in history.

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Newspapers : Newspapers generally help in getting information. Get old newspapers and read them out to your child and compare it with the events of the present days. Your child, at the same time will learn the past history and the present.

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Tales : Along with your child, interview an older member of the family who will reflect upon life in the distant past. Let your child learn the difference between past and present but at the same time also show him the similarities.
By this the child will understand how different the experiences of an older person can be from his present world.

4.

Enact the past : This is the way your child can learn as well as have fun. Get your entire neighbourhood kids and their parents together, organize a play and then work out who will take the various roles in the play. Get together costumes needed for the various roles. Your child will see history as a process of real people engaging in experiences rather than a succession of events.

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Create an environment : That copies the world of a particular historical period to help your child understand what individuals in the past experienced. For e.g. turn off the electric lights and place some kerosene lamps safely around the house to create the picture of a world of the nineteenth century.

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Set of memory cards : You could use three cards for each person, one with the names, another with birth and death dates and the third with events that were mentioned into the history books, your child will rapidly learn to associate names, dates and events, while also having a lot of fun.


Role Of Parents In Promoting History Skills
Parents should focus on helping the child to develop a sense of appreciation for history, rather then attempting to get your child to understand the sequence of the human race. The things that excite your child regarding the past should be found out. Provide your child with resources like books, films in order to allow him to explore that period in his own way so that he establishes an emotional connection to history that he would never forget. For awakening your child's historical genius, here are some general suggestions.

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Family tree : You can reconstruct a picture of your families past that your child will be able to relate to personally by going through old photos.

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Holidays : We often tend to focus on enjoy during holiday times and forget that the time is celebrated precisely because it has a significant event or series of events in history. E.g. 15th August offers an opportunity in finding out more about the history of our nation.

In the usual festivities of a holiday, some time should be taken during a break to read or talk about the origins of the day. This can help set it in a historical context and develop the curiosity in your child so that he may want to find out more about that time.

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Community and Country : In your city, visit historical landmarks and museums along with your child. Information on important historical structures and monuments should be provided to the child. Plan on visiting historical sites during vacations along with your child

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Personal Experiences : Provide your child with information about what life was like when you were a child. This can help your child with a temporal framework within which he reviews his own experiences. You can specifically talk about the Partition, the Jallianwala Baug Massacre, Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, Efforts of Freedom Fighters, etc. These kinds of discussions reinforce the idea that history is about people.

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Encourage them read : Encourage your school-aged children to read historical fiction and non-fiction. Select books which have pictures.

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Family antiques : You should share with your child, your family antiques like old coins or stamp collection or an old painting.

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Television : Television sometimes acts as a study guide for classrooms. There are also historically significant movies available on videotapes like Gandhi (the Indian Independence movement). Films like this can serve opportunities to bring talking and reading about the historical faces that helped shape the lives of their main characters.

 

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