Home education is the ideal way of studying history. Rather than having to follow a curriculum which inevitably takes specific periods of history out of context, children can learn about times or ancient cultures that interest them, read historic fiction for people-based backgrounds, and browse the Internet for relevant information.
Many families like to use time-lines, so the big picture of history can be seen. Below are a few sites with a wide range of history resources which are particularly appropriate for home educators, or anyone else studying these topics.
BBC History – an excellent resource with child-friendly activities, information, pictures, links, details about current BBC history programmes, and timelines.
Mr Donn’s history – extensive resource with explanations about life in many ancient and modern cultures – fairly large text, not too complicated. Appropriate for children of all ages wanting to know more.
The Vikings – pictures and simple explanations about the Vikings, intended for children aged 7-8, with some links for older children.
Victorians – nicely presented pages about children in Victorian times, with information about their clothes, toys and working lives.
Ancient Egypt – a very nice site linked to the British Museum, with lots of information about life in Ancient Egypt. Choose from the menu, then click the picture that appears. Each option has further details, explorations, and graphical challenges. Ideal for older children.
Ancient Egypt – a page of excellent links to many aspects of Ancient Egypt. Intended for schools, but applicable to home educators looking at this topic too.
Ancient Greece – an educational site covering many aspects of ancient Greek culture, including philosophy, drama and fighting. Suitable for older children or teenagers.
History on the net – full resource covering all historical periods studied in English schools, including some games and interactive activities.
The Tudors – All about Tudor times, produced for children at primary schools, around ages 7-11. Several other historical topics on this site too, following National Curriculum themes.
Tudor history – extensive links about everything to do with the Tudors, more appropriate for older children and teenagers.
British History – links and information about many of the famous people in UK history. Probably most suitable for older children or teenagers.
Nazi Germany – thorough and clear explanations of how Hitler was able to come to power, including a brief biography of Hitler himself. Appropriate for older children or teenagers interested in this period.
World History – a huge resource,covering world history, ancient and modern. Probably most suitable for teenagers.
Christian history online – an archive of articles with a Christian perspective on history.
You might also like to see my history page for further ideas and suggestions about introducing history to home educated children.