Parents' Guide to

Teachinghistory.org

By Jennifer Sitkin, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Teacher-designed history site may help parents educate kids.

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With all the educational resources available on the Web, this history-based site is a valuable tool for parents to easily access high-quality materials. Teachinghistory.org is really geared toward teachers, but parents can find ways to use it to help support their kids as they learn about U.S. history. There are numerous ideas for how to encourage critical thinking and help kids gain a deeper understanding of history. The bulk of the resources are reviewed lessons, which are primarily for teachers, but beyond the lessons, the resources provided in Best Practices cover skill development such as how to analyze primary documents, how to read like a historian, and how to make sense of maps. Parents could use some of the suggestions to assist with homework or supplement what is being taught in school. The site is a bit dry, and parents or kids who aren't necessarily interested in history might not find themselves instantly drawn to the content here. But for the history buff, Teachinghistory.org is a great way to learn more about the history of the United States.

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