Homeschooling History

As parents make back-to-school preparations, I wanted to find a way to help those who may be overwhelmed with possibly homeschooling or supervising virtual schooling during this pandemic. I asked my college friend, Chris, who blogs at Tech Savvy Homeschool, to write a guest post for The History Mom, with her veteran homeschooling mom’s opinion on the best tools and resources for homeschooling history. Read the new post today!

Presidential sites on Virginia’s Northern Neck

Did you know that within a one-hour drive on Virginia’s Northern Neck, you can visit 3 different Presidential birthplaces?  Virginia is called the Mother of Presidents for a reason!  These mostly outdoor sites make great places to visit during the COVID-19 pandemic, when families are looking for safe places to social distance.  From nature walks to beach fun, these sites are a good place to let your kids run and play while learning more about Presidents George Washington, James Madison, and James Monroe! Read my new review today!

Petersburg National Battlefield (Virginia)

There are over 100 Civil War battlefields in Virginia, and almost 50% of the total number of battles in the entire war were fought here.  One of the easiest battlefields to visit during the heat of the summer and during this time of social distancing is the Petersburg National Battlefield.  Most of the battlefield can be seen during a driving tour, with stops along the way at various interest points.  If you’re looking for a new place to take a drive with the kids, Petersburg National Battlefield is a great choice. Read my new review today!

Hamilton sites (United States/Caribbean)

With the resurgence of interest in Alexander Hamilton, thanks to the popular Hamilton the Musical’s recent release on Disney+, many families would like to plan trips to take their little Hamilfan to Hamilton-related sites. My new post is a comprehensive list of Hamilton sites in several states and the Caribbean. Read it and plan your in person or virtual visit today!

Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)

As I stated in my review of Yellowstone last year, national parks are wonderful places to combine history education with outdoor activities.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many families are not able to travel to the best known national parks this year.  However, right now is the best time to begin planning for summer 2021.  Many of the hotels, restaurants, and activities sell out 9-12 months in advance so you will want to start planning your dream trip today!

Year of Historical Reading – June Update

July 1st marks the halfway point of 2020, and while this year hasn’t gone according to plan for anyone, I am making good progress on my goal to read 100 books and to keep my reading around 85% historical fiction and nonfiction. Read my new post about the June update to my Year of Historical Reading and see what changes I am making to my reading for the rest of the year.

Outdoor Virginia Presidential Sites (Virginia)

The COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have prevented me from traveling to any new Presidential sites this month. However, several of my previously reviewed Presidential sites in Virginia have reopened their extensive hiking trails and gardens. With many parents looking for a place to let their children play in the outdoors, these sites make a perfect place to visit during the pandemic!
Read my new review today to plan a safe and fun visit.

Henricus Historical Park (Richmond)

Henricus Historical Park near Richmond is the site of one of the oldest settlements in America.  The site was founded in 1611 by English colonists as the second settlement in Virginia (the first was Jamestown).  Today the site is a living history museum with recreated English and Native American structures.  It has reopened after being closed for the coronavirus pandemic, and since it is mostly outside, it is a great place to visit with your family. Read my new review today!