How to Teach Your Kids to Love History (Ep. 60)

February 26, 2022

If you are like most parents, history is one of the more intimidating subjects to teach your children. This is partly because most of us don’t know that much about history ourselves. But it’s more than that; history is so vast and deep that we’re often not sure where to start or how deep we should go. We worry about what books to read and how to avoid bias and wrong worldviews. And while we certainly can’t resolve all of these problems, our goal in this episode is to try to lay down a framework and give some tips on how to approach the subject. We discuss the joys and complexities of teaching and learning history from a Christian perspective. We talk about the importance of history, and ways to communicate that importance to our children. We also discuss how to find good books to use and how to identify and avoid bad ones. At the end of the episode, we make specific book and resource recommendations.

Recommended Books
Reformation History by Jean-Henri Merle d’Aubigné
Susan Wise Bauer’s History books
Confessions by Augustine
City of God by Augustine
Genevieve Foster’s Books
Selections of Landmark Books such as The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
If you must have a textbook, Generations’ History curriculum
Paul Revere’s Ride by David H. Fischer
Washington’s Crossing by David H. Fischer
Albion’s Seed by David H. Fischer
Historians Fallacies by David H. Fischer
James I: The Fool as King by Otto Scott
The Secret Six by Otto Scott


Listen to the audio version here:

00:00:00 Problems with How Schools Teach History
00:05:23 The Bible’s Vision of History
00:10:48 Church History
00:14:31 Country’s History
00:17:57 Making History Personal
00:26:01 Dealing with Historical Evil
00:35:07 How to Pick History Books
00:50:45 Historical Fiction
00:55:06 Developing Love for Historty
00:58:59 Going to Historic Places
01:02:46 Secular History
01:10:34 Book Recommendations
01:19:34 History Textbooks
01:21:27 More Book Recommendation

Production of Reformation Baptist Church of Youngsville, NC
Hosts – Dan Horn, Jonathan Sides, Charles Churchill and Joshua Horn
Technical Director – Timothy Kaiser
Theme Music – Gabriel Hudelson

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