A Fun History Supplement: Drive Thru History

When I was in school, I loved learning about history.  What I didn’t love was the dry, boring way history was presented.  So, most of my history knowledge came from books and documentaries that I watched.

Now that we homeschool, we spend a lot of time teaching history, but we try to do it in fun ways with hands on activities, documentaries, tv shows, and living historical fiction books.

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I had heard about Drive Thru History some time ago, but we didn’t have the money in the homeschool budget to buy the DVDs.  Imagine both my and Bookworm’s surprise when we discovered that Drive Thru History is offered as part of the middle school program in SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  Yee haw!

Bookworm set to watching all of the episodes; thus far, he’s watched all of the American History episodes.  Lucky for him, Ancient History is also available at SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  (In addition, the series also includes The Gospels and The Holy Land, but those are not currently available on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.)

About Drive Thru History

Drive Thru History is hosted by Dave Stotts, who has traveled to 30 countries in the course of his career as a professional in video and media production.

Each series has 12 half hour episodes that are packed full of information.

Stotts has a fun way of weaving history together and making learning fun.  Bookworm repeatedly tells me how fun the show is to watch.  I decided to preview an episode of American History that covers Christopher Columbus to see if I could watch it with the girls, who are studying Columbus now.

Stotts comes to Italy and shows viewers the home of Christopher Columbus.  Then, he runs up a long staircase to look over the city.  He makes a big production of being winded, but he lifts his arms in victory.  Then he gets a whiff of his underarms and immediately makes a face and holds his arms down tight at his sides while trying to clap.  Not only does this appeal to middle school viewers, but even my girls, ages 6.5 and 8, thought this was funny and giggled throughout the scene.

Why I Love Drive Thru History for My Kids

This series brings history to life for the kids.  Stotts visits the locations where history took place.  In the video about Christopher Columbus, he goes to Columbus’ hometown, Genoa, Italy.  Kids get to see what the places look like, which help bring history to life.

There is quite a depth to each episode.  Kids could easily watch these episodes several times to absorb all of the information.

Stotts draws kids in with his humor.  (My girls loved it when he walked beside a row of mopeds and asked jokingly if he knocked over one, would they all fall over like dominoes?)

If you’d like to add more depth to the videos, SchoolhouseTeachers.com has created worksheets to go with each episode.

If you’d like to watch some of these episodes to see if they could be a good supplement for your homeschool history curriculum, you can use the code TRIAL on the Ultimate Monthly Membership to try SchoolhouseTeachers.com for just $5 for the first 30 days.  You’ll have access to all the material and courses on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, including Drive Through History American History and Ancient History.  (You’ll need to cancel after 30 days or the subscription will auto-renew.)

What is your favorite history supplement?

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  1. I think I am going to look into this resource more

  2. We just started using this wonderful resource! My oldest loves being able to watch videos that like this and they have him interested in history all over again! Thank you for sharing with us!

  3. WE are going through the Holy Land series now. I love this as a supplement also.

  4. I’ve been intrigued by the Drive through History lessons. We may have to give them a try – thank you for sharing this with us!

  5. We are loving this series! My kids want to do the others that are also part of it!

  6. My kids absolutely love Drive Through History! Such a great resource.

  7. I put one on every now and then, just to get the kids out of my hair for a few minutes. LOL We aren’t even studying the ancients right now, but we’re watching them anyway.

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