Stop Your Searching! Finding Homeschool History Videos and Resources Made Easy

I don't know about you, Mama, but sometimes I feel like a large part of my job as a homeschool mama is "looker upper." You know what I mean. We're learning about the ancient cultures in history, so I spend hours looking up videos, websites, and other resources we can use. We're reading a historical fiction book about the American Revolution, so I spend hours trying to find factual information about the Revolution. Do you do this as well?

If you do, you'll be just as excited as I am about this new resource I found! It's a resource that is going to greatly reduce the time you spend searching for factual information to correspond to a historical time period or event.

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Disclosure:  I received compensation for this post. All opinions are always my own.

Homeschool History: Created by the Team at Notgrass


Homeschool History is a huge, searchable database created by a team from Notgrass. If you've been around the homeschool block, you've likely heard of- or used- curricula from Notgrass. They are well-known for their elementary and high school history curricula. In our family, we've used a number of their resources.

Homeschool History works as a membership site. With an annual membership you'll be able to search a vast collection of books, videos, audio resources, and historic sites. Users can search based on historic time period, topic, or geographical area. And the site doesn't just work with Notgrass's own curricula. You can use this resource as a supplement to any history curriculum or as a supplement to a literature-based history curriculum.

How to Use These Homeschool History Videos and Resources


So, is this resource really practical? How can a homeschooling mama really make use of it?

When you first visit the site, you can sign up for a free trial of membership. Once you've checked it out and are ready to commit, you'll pay for a very reasonably-priced annual membership.

Now you can begin searching for resources. There's a helpful video on the home screen that will show you how to use the database most efficiently. On the home screen you can search by Resource Search, Map Search, and Topic Search. 

The Resource Search tab will take you to a screen where you can add keywords, search by resource type- including audio/music, book, event, historic site, video or website- and filter the results to include only the most popular results or your own bookmarked results. When you click on a resource, you'll see a summary of it as well as an external link to click to learn more. 

The Map Search tab will take you to a large world map with many red pin markers. You can just randomly click on these, or you can add a keyword at the top to find sites related to that topic. When you click on a red pin, you'll see a pop-up that gives you basic information about the site as well as an external link to click to learn more.

When you choose a Topic Search, you're taken to a huge page of topics arranged in alphabetical order. You can narrow your search based on regions of the world or categories like government, people, daily life, etc.

There are many ways you can use this resource. Here are a few examples of how I personally have used/would use it.

When we are reading a chapter in a history textbook, we occasionally become really interested in a particular topic. We want to know more, but the textbook doesn't give more in-depth information. I can go to Homeschool History, choose Topic Search, and scroll through the alphabetical list to see if there is more information on the topic. I can choose Resource Search and put in a keyword of the topic we're reading about to look for videos, audio files, historic sites, and more. 

I love to use historical fiction to learn about different historical time periods. Historical fiction can make a place and time come alive through the eyes of the characters in the book. But I want to make sure to include nonfiction information as well. I go to the Resource Search, enter a keyword, and find resources that will help us dive into factual information that relates to the book we're reading.

Researching is a critical study skill that our kids need to learn- especially if they'll be going to college. But having kids do searches online without supervision may be something you really don't want to do. When they're researching a history-related topic, have them search through the alphabetical topic search to find information and resources related to the topic of their research.

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Why You Need a Subscription to Homeschool History


At this point, I'm sure you've seen the value of subscribing to Homeschool History.  Here are a few more reasons why you'll want an annual subscription.

~ You can search specifically by resource type. There are many times I'm looking for something specific- a video, a book, etc. Homeschool History allows you to choose what you're looking for.

~ This is a very affordable resource. You can get a thirty-day trial without a credit card. And your annual subscription doesn't automatically renew, charging your card when you least expect it!

~ The database can look overwhelming when you first check it out, so they've provided a great little video to show you how to make the best use of it.

~ If you want to make sure a resource is safe for your family, there's a little gold badge symbol on the site's Homeschool History Top Picks. That means the content has been viewed/read completely and considered safe. Occasionally there will be notes if something in the resource could be problematic.

~ Although Notgrass is a faith-based curricula publisher, the resources in the Homeschool History site are not particularly Christian. Some do reflect a variety of Christian traditions. Others might mention other religions. This means that the resource can be valuable to any homeschool family, Christian or secular.

Review of homeschool history database


Want to learn more about Homeschool History? Connect with Notgrass on Instagram and Facebook and sign up for a free thirty-day trial.

I'm really impressed by the content in the Homeschool History library. And I encourage you to check out a Homeschool History Membership (there's a free thirty day trial!) to see how it can save you from those endless hours of searching out history content as well!



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