This page offers out-of-the-box, creative options for inspiring right-brained children to learn about history. Click on the image for a link to the product. Longer reviews will have its own tab. I would love to hear yourrecommendations by using the comments section at the bottom of the page!

Charlotte Mason Approach with Penny Gardner
“A Charlotte Mason Approach to History”

There’s a nice list of “living” history books at Penny Gardner’s site. ~Liz


Engineering an Empire
By The History Channel

The TV Series, Engineering an Empire, was a great way to get my builder son to warm up to history. I found after he watched this, he would make his own replicas using various building supplies. ~Michele


By 2K Games
For Windows

Sid Meir’s Civilization video game helped expand my electronics/gaming son’s interest in history. ~Michele

My son plays Civilization (IV, which is supposedly the BEST version!), and
really enjoys it. ~Lynne



Age of Mythology
by Microsoft
For Windows


Age of Empires
By Microsoft
For Windows

The history games my boys have played is Age of Mythology and Age of Empires. ~Dana


Mistakes That Worked
by Charlotte Jones

My daughter loves learning about how things were invented and there are a number of books about the history of inventions. We find that picking a these such as this provides a nice alternative to the war-to-war approach to history. There are so many aspects of the human story besides the parade of monarchs. ~Sarah


The New York Times Upfront
By Scholastic

My electronics/gaming son also enjoys Scholastic’s Upfront magazine. ~Michele



Horrible Histories
(23 in the original series)

by Terry Deary

For history, my 11 year old loves Horrible Hisotries … you’d have to vet them, as they’re fairly gruesome (I don’t have a problem with them), but they’re funny and he’s learned a ton of information from them. ~Marian



Darkest of Days
by Phantom EFX
XBox 360 and Windows



History Channel Civil War
by Activision, Inc.
XBox 360, PS2, Windows



Teacher Created Materials
Thematic Unit Studies
various authors

The majority of the  historical fiction books used in these unit studies were great fodder for a couple of my children in the 11-13 and 14-16 year learning stages. I would recommend they choose 2-3 activities per featured book in order to enhance their learning experience about the period or topic. (I didn’t follow the curriculum as it was set out in the unit study in order not to bog my children down from the learning aspect gained from the historical fiction books themselves.) ~Cindy

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