Some kids may wonder why we should even bother studying ancient history. After all, everything that happened then is, well, ancient. I was one of those people. As a math and science nerd, studying history always seemed relatively pointless when I was growing up. Memorizing names and dates felt like such a waste of time.
Now that I’m an adult, and thankfully less self-centered and narcissistic than my former teenage self, I understand how important and fascinating history really is. When I was a child, last week seemed like a long time ago. Now that I’m grown, I’m amazed by how much we have in common with these ancient people.
The things we need (food, a place to live, security, relationships, etc.) are the same things people have needed since the beginning of time. Advancements that took place back then, such as systems of writing, agriculture, and building techniques, have definitely affected the way our society is structured today.
It’s important to learn about all history, even, or maybe even especially, ancient history. However, that doesn’t change the fact that there is A LOT of information to cover.
I’ve made Montessori-inspired cards to help my kids learn some of the most relevant information. Rather than just flashcards, these sets divide the information up into a memory-style matching game. Kids can test each other or test themselves, hopefully making the learning process more fun and efficient.
Here are the Ancient History printable sets and learning activities I have made so far. Many more to come! (Sign up for my newsletter to stay up-to-date.)
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