Meet The Maker: History for Big Kids

I’m going to keep this intro short and sweet because David has been a regular here, a proud supporter of the homeschool community, and he almost needs no introduction. Today, we’re going to meet the maker of history lessons for big kids.

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Meet The Maker: History For Big Kids

 

David’s Links:

Facebook  Youtube  Unit Studies  Teachers Pay Teachers

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David is an incredibly valuable asset to the homeschool community and someone who is intentionally serving us as our kids get older, which, as you know, is really hard. So, thank you to David for including older kids in his focus. We appreciate you. You are valuable to us. Now, let’s jump into our interview.

Interview with David

(Note: The following answers have been summarized from video content.)

David’s Quick Bio

David, thank you for coming and chatting with me. Let’s start with, for those few in my audience who don’t actually know who you are, can you give us a little bit of your background?

David: Sure. My name is David. I have a YouTube channel called History for the Ages. I’ve been a history professor for 27 years, teaching mainly Western Civilization and the History of the Middle East. Teaching history is a great passion of mine. Over the last few years, when I had to put all my lectures online for my students, my content got picked up by homeschoolers, and my YouTube channel started to grow. We’re now pushing 18,000 subscribers.

I remember when we first talked, I had around 3,000 subscribers, and that was not even two years ago. It’s been growing nicely. I had a lot of people ask me about creating unit studies, so I’ve been doing that too. The community has been wonderful. For instance, a homeschooling mom and her daughter helped me improve my thumbnails, which look great now. It’s been fun working with everyone, fitting it in when I have time, and balancing it with family priorities.

Technology & Teaching

Shanna: When and why did you start embracing technology to help teach?

David: I’ve been teaching for 27 years, starting with overhead transparencies. Early on, I used tools like Google Earth to show historical places, which was fun and engaging for students. However, a good history professor shouldn’t rely solely on technology. It’s about storytelling, engaging students, and making history come alive. Technology is a great aid, but the essence of teaching history is in the presentation and the ability to captivate students with stories.

 

David’s Take on the Homeschool Community

Shanna: What has your experience with the homeschool community been like, and what led you to embrace it?

David: Before going online, I always had a good rapport with my students, many of whom were homeschooled. They were engaged, interested, and excelled in their studies. This piqued my interest in the homeschool community. I found that homeschoolers are more engaged and enjoy learning. I recently made a video on why homeschoolers make great college students, highlighting their happiness, engagement, and love for learning.

I’ve also done guest lectures for homeschooling community centers. When I started my YouTube channel, it naturally aligned with helping the homeschool community. The response has been wonderful, and I’m glad to be part of it.

 

Meet The Maker: History For Big Kids

 

Unit Studies

Shanna: When did you decide to start offering written unit studies for your online lessons?

David: Parents asked if I had additional materials to go with my videos. I started creating unit studies, initially a few, and now I have comprehensive materials covering early Western Civ, modern Western Civ, and the history of the Middle East. These unit studies can be found on my Teachers Pay Teachers site, but I recommend contacting me directly for better prices since Teachers Pay Teachers takes a good chunk of the proceeds.

I even have a free unit study video on my YouTube channel to show what they look like. The unit studies range in price, with some as low as $4, depending on the content.

 

Course Equivalence

Shanna: If someone completes your entire course, what equivalent would that be for transcripts?

David: While I can’t say for certain due to varying state requirements, I can say that completing all my unit studies and watching all my lectures would equate to taking three full classes: early Western Civ, modern Western Civ, and the history of the Middle East. Parents would need to check their state requirements to see how it fits.

 

Future of History for the Ages

Shanna: What’s next for History for the Ages?

David: With my current unit studies complete, my focus is on creating more videos and supplemental materials. A long-term goal is to create a comprehensive US history series, but that will likely happen after I retire. For now, I aim to reach a wider audience with my existing content and could use everyone’s help in spreading the word.

 

Teaching History to Kids

Shanna: When should parents start teaching history to their kids?

David: From birth, in age-appropriate ways. Engage them with family history, take them to historical reenactments, and make it fun and interactive. For example, my daughter loved learning how to make a writing quill at a US Revolutionary reenactment. Museums are also great, though they can be a bit challenging for the littlest ones. The key is to make history fun and engaging from an early age.

 

Meet The Maker: History For Big Kids

 

Tips to Get Kids Excited About History

Shanna: What tips do you have for parents to get their kids excited about history?

David: Make it fun and personal. Connect history to their lives. For example, knowing the history behind a place makes it meaningful. Knowing that Omaha Beach was the site of D-Day makes it resonate beyond being just a beach. Also, make history about stories and impacts rather than memorizing dates and names. History should be about understanding why things happened and their consequences, making it more engaging and relevant.

 

College Process

Shanna: What do you wish homeschoolers knew about the college process?

David: Consider if college is necessary for your child’s goals. If it is, look into community colleges to save money. Start thinking about the process early, around 9th or 10th grade. Dual enrollment can be a great way to prepare for college. Be aware that colleges today often have a lot of political influences, which might affect the education environment.

 

Conclusion

David uses his platform to educate about history and current events, helping us understand today’s world. His passion for history and dedication to the homeschool community make him an invaluable resource. Be sure to follow him on social media and check out his unit studies for an enriching historical education.

 

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