Most of my time planning for homeschooling is spent searching for history information. I’m sure this is a huge surprise for everyone, but I want to find good materials, and I want a wide variety of materials to share with my kids. History lessons are my favorite part of our homeschool day, so when I found out Homeschool History Membership exists, of course I started exploring it.
(This post is sponsored by Homeschool History, I have affiliate links in here somewhere)
What did I start doing once I signed up for Homeschool History Membership?
I started typing in upcoming topics. Next month we’ll be studying colonization. So I started with a generic search.
Hmmm…. I guess that isn’t as obvious as I thought the screenshot would be. Here are the different types of resources you’ll find:
- audio files
- videos (with suggestions of where to find it, I especially like when they say information is available on Amazon Prime)
- historic sites (some with online field trips available)
Now after I’d played around for a little bit, I figured it might be a good idea to check out their welcome video because I’m good at following directions and doing things in order.
I’m not sure why, but the Homeschool History Membership logo makes me smile. I think it’s the Easter Island guy, for some reason he’s making me smile. That and the cheerful guys down on that welcome video.
If you’re not a jump in first and then realize you should check out the welcome video after person, this is a great introduction to the site and walks you through their process.
Also, fill out the survey on the front page once you’ve looked around a little bit. If you include your email, John Notgrass emails you back with a comment or two. He took one of my suggestions to update the site, so they’re very open to suggestions.
How I know Homeschool History Membership is the real deal
There have been more than a few homeschool sites that have claimed to do something like this.
However, this is being organized by the same people who made Notgrass History. They have a rock-solid history curriculum.
So when I heard that, I knew this was a product I could trust. They were going to link to trustworthy history materials.
I’m sure some of you read that and thought, “Well I can scratch that off my interest list, I’m not using Notgrass History.”
Neither am I.
And yet I still think Homeschool History Membership is a great resource (and if you click that link back there you can check out the free trial, what do you have to lose?). Don’t worry, I’ll tell you why.
Getting back to my search on Colonial America
This is the first screen of the results on my search. Already you can see a wide variety of resources are available: videos, historic sites, and books.
Now some of this isn’t too useful for me right now. Sadly, the Pioneer Village Salem doesn’t have much I can look at if I’m not in Massachusetts. But I did add that to my ever-growing list of places I want to visit someday.
This site could be dangerous to my Bucket List of places to visit.
It’s already a mile long, and I’m finding cool new places when I search for things.
After my generic Colonial America search, I started looking for specific things, you know like:
Roanoke, one of my favorite history mysteries. Whatever happened to that colony? Who knows, maybe this video will have some fun new theories.
I was going to keep putting up pictures of fun stuff I had found looking around on Homeschool History Membership site, but thought that might get old for you. So, here’s my collage of it. I found some fun book listings, another video to watch (my boys especially love videos), there’s a ridiculously long list of suggested topics to look up (some they still are adding materials to, as they find more materials, they just keep adding more), and then the quick peek at what I found when I clicked through Alaska.
It’s a shame we already studied Alaska, because there are some cool ideas in there.
I hear you asking, “Ticia how much will I pay for a Homeschool History Membership?”
That’s a good question. I’m sure you’re thinking a resource like this must be at least $50 a year.
You know, maybe writing this when I’m coming off of the worst migraine I’ve had in years isn’t a good idea, because everything I’m writing is sounding like a cheesy infomercial from the 80s.
Let’s try that again.
Your subscription is $24 a year, and when you join you get a referral link you can share with friends to get extra months when they sign up for the free trial, like my referral link to Homeschool History Membership right here. See how easy that is? If you’re anything like me your Facebook feed is full of homeschooling friend who would love to use this too.
Not to use a very tired and washed up comparison, this is less a month than a cup of copy at Starbucks.
Or something that I’ll actually buy.
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I was just going to take a picture of her writing as we sit here at the coffee shop working on #nanowrimo2019 , well she is, I’m waiting for my computer to install 2 million updates. Like 20+ minutes of waiting, but then she looked at me with a “why Mom?” Look as I took the picture, which seems to rather perfectly illustrate our life right now, so I give you: “12 year old writing about to turn 13”. Sigh, my computer is only at 24% on this stupid forever and a day update.
It’s less than my cup of tea at Barnes and Noble. Sadly this is not a picture of a cup of tea at Barnes and Noble, this is my daughter staring at me like I’m crazy.
That is what happens when you have teens. Your kids look at you like you’re crazy.
BUT, you’re not crazy if you buy a Homeschool History Membership.
Look at how I turned that around!
All right, I’ve rambled enough about the fun I’ve had with this, and why I think you should get a subscription too. I pop in here each month as I start to plan our next unit of history. It’s got some great suggestions in it.
One quick thing I’m adding in after the fact:
When I was looking for that referral link, I discovered they’ve got a Facebook group. I’ve just joined it, but in the past few days it’s shared some cool pictures, and some amusing things to say. It’s busy enough I’m not forgetting it exists, but not so busy that’s all you see on your Facebook feed.