History Websites for Homeschoolers
As Winston Churchill famously said, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” We all know the importance of learning the history of our country and world, but many of us did not enjoy the subject in school. History class consisted of long lectures, dry textbooks, and memorizing facts just long enough to pass a test. One of the best things about teaching history today, as a homeschooler, is the abundance of interesting and engaging free resources online. These free history websites can be used by students to learn more about topics that interest them, to supplement any history curriculum, or by parents to create a customized history curriculum.
Free History Websites for Homeschoolers
At The Ancient Web, students can read about the history and culture of the world’s ancient civilizations from Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia & Oceania, and the Near East.
America’s Story offers biographies, articles, videos, information about each state, and more. This website is designed for younger students.
BBC’s Bitesize History focuses on British history, but also includes some world history. The site has articles, videos, and games.
Ben’s Guide teaches students of all ages about the American government. Some of the topics included are branches of government, how laws are made, the election process, historical documents, and federal vs. state government.
Biography offers an extensive collection of biographies about influential and famous people throughout history and in current times.
At Biography Online, you’ll find biographies of the famous, influential, and inspirational.
Discovering Ancient Egypt includes stories of Egyptian pharaohs, information about Egypt’s inventors, 3D reconstructions of temples, videos, an interactive hieroglyphic typewriter, and much more.
Ducksters offers a wide range of articles covering historical events, biographies, and geography.
At Eyewitness to History, readers learn about history, from ancient times to the present, through the eyes of those who lived it.
History Central has an extensive collection of articles that cover both American and world history.
History for Kids’ articles provide an overview of historical events and people. There are also worksheets, coloring pages, and quizzes.
The Library of Congress’s Today in History page provides an article about what happened on today’s date in history.
Macrohistory World History contains an extensive collection of articles covering history from ancient to modern times, maps, timelines, and more.
Mission US is an interactive game that teaches middle school and high school students about American history.
National Humanities Center’s TeacherServe offers a collection of essays on Religion in American History, The Environment in America History, and African American Literature & History.
At New American History, students learn about American history through maps, timelines, articles, and more.
Social Studies for Kids provides a large selection of articles covering history, geography, economics, cultures, and more.
TimeMaps offers an online world history atlas and encyclopedia. While there is a premium version available, most of the content is free.
The Valley of the Shadow details life in two American communities, one Northern and one Southern, throughout the Civil War and the Era of Reconstruction.
We the Kids is a nonprofit organization that encourages kids to learn American History and become engaged in its government.
The White House offers short biographies on each of America’s Presidents.
At The Wild West, you’ll find history, lore, and biographies of the lives and times of those who populated the Wild West.
The World Digital Library, which is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, includes books, manuscripts, historical documents, maps, newspaper articles, journals, prints and photographs, sound recordings, and films.
Additional Free History Resources
History Unit Studies and Lesson Plans – This post lists numerous sources of free history unit studies and lesson plans.
History and Social Studies Curriculum – Do you prefer a curriculum that’s already put together for you? On this page, you find free complete curriculum for history, social studies, geography, and government.
History Timelines – Help your children understand the chronological flow of history with one of these free timelines.
Homeschool History with YouTube – Learn about history with one of these YouTube channels.
Virtual Field Trips – Explore the world, including many historical sites and museums, through virtual field trips.
Note: This post was originally published on February 18, 2020 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.