19 July 2012

English History For Kids

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

There are many reasons the English know their history so well

For one, on such a small island
history is never far away with a short drive to a castle, museum,
or some sort of historical attraction

{ photo by me }

History is made appealing at an early age
through various books and TV shows
such as the 'Horrible Histories' series

via Amazon

Often describing gruesome details,
children are attracted to the real stories,
some more colorful than many of us could make up!

My daughter has taken to this series...

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Beloved English works by Dickens, Shakespeare, and Austen
have been abridged for children to learn 
these classics at an early age

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Okay, not historical, but I love this one for younger readers...

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Local venues stage theater performances of Shakespeare's works,
while the Last Night of the Proms concert offers British patriotic pieces

In essence,
the English are surrounded by their history and culture all the time 
from an early age
- geographically and leisurely -

I love that!

:: More popular historical fiction ::
Asterix series (comic book)
The Baker Street Mysteries series
Biggles series
Cat Royal series
The London Murder Mysteries series
Books by Michael Morpurgo


LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I always enjoy calling by your blog to see how you are viewing the Brits. An interesting composition of Stonehenge, we have family in the Salisbury area so know it well plus of course it is part of English history. :)

Pom Pom said...

Hi Laura! I love that, too! Children love the stories. Adults do, too! Great post!

TexWisGirl said...

i love your photo of stonehenge! would make a great album cover! :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

That's so great that there are abridged stories of the classics for the youngsters. Always learn something here!

Sissym said...

Hi Laura, your picture about Stonehenge is so good!
My daughter also called Laura and she is 11 years old. She is very creative.
Today she draw the characters of the Magic of Oz. Cutted all and arrested in toothpick,
with the help of other friends submitted a brief story for the theater.
It's great to have versions of books for children.
Here in Brazil Padre Marcelo Rossi made a colossal success with the book called Agape.
And recently released to kids: Agapinho.
Children are curious and intelligent, they deserve access to a greater cultural heritage.


Emily said...

You were right, Laura! I love your post! Maybe you could guest post or link over to ReadMeAStory? I'll email you.

Emm said...

I love learning about English history, it is everywhere! Strangely enough, I don't remember learning too much about it in school in Liverpool. Maybe I was too young (we left UK when I was 9) or maybe they have less of a historical focus up north.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you! It was fun to tweak the photo.

That's so cool that your Laura is so creative :) I love seeing what kiddos can do with their creativity. Thank you for your comment!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Love to! Off to read your email now :)

Older Mum said...

That photo of stonehenge is fab!

Pet said...

Thanks for this tip. I'll buy my 2 boys the ones about the Horrible Stories. I'm sure they will love them!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Hello! Hope you have a great weekend, and had a fun time at the torch relay...so exciting!

Sarah -x-

withinireland said...

lovely! I am making a list of books to purchase for my 3 year old niece back in Canada... these inspired me to do so!

Happy Homemaker UK said...


Happy Homemaker UK said...

Wonderful - good luck in choosing - there are so many! Let me know what they think :)

Mary Timmers said...

Laura, I love it too that the English have their history all around. And they have so much more that we Americans. Somehow we seem to have gotten caught up in only the present, and need to get back to history to learn some much-needed life lessons! Thanks for the reminder!

Zosia said...

When I took my 14 year old daughter to London last May (her first visit) she said: "Mom, there is so much to see, there is so much old stuff everywhere and it's so cool" (she was born and grew up in Canada which is a very new country).