History is an important aspect of our lives; virtually all the things today had a history. It makes sense when we associated ourselves with our history. Most kids nowadays don’t show interest in learning history, because it sounds so boring which is not good.
History lays the foundation for a better future because kids get to learn why the society is the way it is today, learn about their ancestor’s actions and their consequences, about human struggles, deprivations and triumphs. History goes a long way in teaching kids several life lessons.
Parents should also know that their kids will not only learn about the story behind their origins culture and heritage but will also learn about the cultural history of other communities. It sounds so interesting when you know the history of other communities.
Children often find history very boring because they are only interested in reading it to pass examinations and not to have in-depth knowledge about it. Our educational system is a major problem why most kids don’t see history as an important aspect in life, the system is so obsessed with science and mathematics etc, this way, children will fail to appreciate history and not understand that history can contribute to long-term human and social development.
Parents can help their kids to show interest in history in several ways. Read the suggestions below to know how to encourage your kids to show interest in history.
Travel to historical places
A good way to get your child to become interested in history is to visit historical places, Don’t just talk about those places visit them, seeing is believing, this goes a long way in encouraging them to take more interest in history.
See historical films and documentaries together
History sticks when you see things in action, watch historical movies and documentaries with your kids, this will enable them to learn about important events in history and increase their knowledge in history rather than just focusing on scoring better in examinations.
Talk to your kids about history
Parents can start that by talking to their kids about family history. show them old family photos, talk to them about their grandparents, draw a family tree and also relate the family history with what’s going on in the society, talk to them about historical events about the family make them understand family values and morals This way it will encourage them to know more about their family history and in fact about others too.
Make use of the mass media
Be on the alert for television shows, movies and even YouTube videos which are accessible to children and focus on social and historical issues. Also, encourage your kids to read biographies of famous historical figures and also encourage them to follow history-related content creators on social media.
Foster respect for people from other countries and cultures
You can help your child understand the traditions of other countries by taking them to cultural fairs and exhibition as well as ethnic restaurants.