My Love Of History and Teaching Kids About The Past

One thing I’ve always loved learning about is history. I’ve never been one to love reading fiction and I remember as a child finding reading books and stories so boring, yet I could sit and read non fiction and fact books for hours.

In the family home my dad had this brilliant book which I loved called the “How to do Just About Anything Book”. I guess it was like a modern day google in book form. I loved that book and loved learning and discovering new things.

I used the book my dad had to fix my punctured bike tyre. I used the book for so many things as well as other non fiction books. I just love facts.

chorley pals

Ironically as I grew older I loved studying History at school and even took some courses on the history of law and education whilst at University.

So as an adult I still love to learn facts and I find non fiction so so interesting. I’m attempting to teach my daughter the same. I am sharing my love of history with Sylvia. In fact this week it is the school holidays and we have been learning about World war 2 and the history of Soldiers. We have also been learning about the history of our local village and the history of lights.

girls soldier costume

We have been on google researching and learning about many things. We were sent some fancy dress costumes and Sylvia got to dress up as a World War 2 Soldier and try out a few different costumes which we got from funidelia. This is a great follow on from our visit to the Chorley Pals last year and Sylvia had so much fun in her outfits.

After learning a little more about world war two we moved on to learning about the history of lights. This is fascinating and something I really enjoyed looking into. We watched a few videos on youtube and googled the dates that different lights were invented. It’s amazing how far technology has come in the past century.

We watched a video by Festive Lights which is actually really interesting and shows the evolution of light technology. It shows the development of light from the beginning of time through to today where we use LED lights which help save energy. I found this so so interesting and so did Sylvia. We were then able to talk about Thomas Edison and watched a cartoon children’s video of his life story which was really great.

I will always love history and find it interesting and I will always love sharing this with my daughter. It’s a great opportunity to spend time together, to learn and share knowledge. It’ also a great thing to be able to use technology to educate my daughter and broaden her horizons.

I wonder what we will learn about next? What history subjects do you like?I’d love to hear from you.

Angela x


  1. I never appreciated history lessons at school, but now am super interested! Especially when I get to visit places that hold so much history, such as Rome last year!

  2. History is my favorite subject as well. I have my degree in History and I write family history among other things. You can never learn too much.

  3. History is one of my most favorite subjects. I love learning about it and sharing my knowledge with the kids. I feel lucky that they have the same interest. This video’s amazing!

  4. As a child my parent did this. I did not fully appreciate it then but I do now. I take my own kids out on adventures to help them learn.

  5. My dad was a history teacher but I feel like I failed in the remembering department. lol. this is a great idea! I need to do this with my kids so that I can also learn more.

  6. I enjoy history because I look at all the mistakes other people have made and go. Well, I’m not that bad.

  7. I was raised by grandparents so History was a huge part of my childhood and I excelled at school and it became a subject of interest and I still know many facts taught to me as a young child about the past

  8. I love that your daughter is so into history as well. That is awesome! I have never been a history fan, but I am hoping my kids enjoy learning about it. I do think it’s very important to learn about our past!

  9. As parents, it is our duty to keep our kids well informed of the past. It is important for their future. The traditions, culture and heritage of the past are something that should be taught to the kids of modern day era.

  10. Great topic! I loved history when I was in school and I still do. I often subject to my family to historic movies especially those about the 17th and 18th century historic figures.

  11. that’s really cute. You even have her wearing customers! History is always so interesting. It’s too bad that I’m not very knowledgeable about the subject. lol

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