More changes are coming to The In-Depth Genealogist! This week, we announced our brand new resource pages. Now available are resources specifically chosen for those who live with, teach, or ARE little genealogists in the making. Our mission is provide helpful resources to all genealogists, and as such we will be putting more attention and focus on providing information to help share the love of family history with the next generation.
Coming to June’s monthly issue The In-Depth Genealogist is a brand new column that will share ways to integrate family history into the learning of our children. Written by veteran homeschooling mom Jackie Masek, this new column will be useful for both parent and teacher, librarian and society head, home and classroom.
Jackie walked away from a promising career on the rise in the corporate world of business banking to be a full-time, stay-at-home Mom when it was discovered that her oldest had ADHD and other learning disabilities. Ten years later she is still at home but busier than she ever was and her corner office is now the kitchen table. She has homeschooled her two boys for the last 8 years while also actively volunteering on various church boards and activities and operating a fledgling Virtual Assistance business.
Jackie is known as an active voice on various homeschool online support groups sharing her wisdom, insight, and humor about being a mom, having boys, and education as well as life in general. She has become a penpal to many who have followed her from those groups and even after leaving her native Ohio two years ago to now reside in Southern California. Her very active Facebook account is a daily treat for her followers as she expounds on life, the universe, and always having a towel handy.
Teaching her sons about history always involve lots of stories about how real people lived real lives interspersed with family stories handed from Jackie’s mother. Jackie tries to make learning as much fun for herself as it is for her boys. They love the word “plearning” which means to play and learn at the same time. So much so that she has shared so many ways to her friends who treasure her “educational” finds. Jackie says that she didn’t move the school into her house but rather, “We moved learning into our home.”
Jackie will be highlighting ways to make learning about family history fun while also slipping in some learning at the same time. Look for interesting ways to tie genealogy to history, language arts, and more. You’re sure to find that with a little dose of fun and creativity you’ll see how integrating family history into your child’s daily studies will bring life to dry events as well as create pegs on which they can hang the details they learn. Read more from Jackie as she posts throughout the month on the IDG blog in addition to her monthly column. You can also find her blogging about her homeschool life on LJskool.