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Welcome to Bringing History Home!

Since 2001, school districts have adopted Bringing History Home to engage children in rigorous history explorations.  Bringing History Home (BHH) instructional units sequentially develop student skills and knowledge in history across the K-5 grade levels.  Inspired by their students' learning, BHH teachers have become committed advocates for history education in elementary schools.  Consequently, BHH is now the K-5 social studies centerpiece in eight Iowa school districts, and the project teaching strategies have been adopted by districts in at least six other states.

In addition to BHH lesson plans and teaching strategies, on our website you will find bibliographies of selected children's history books, links to selected internet resources, essays on using BHH strategies in college classrooms, and blogs on various history education topics. 

Bringing History Home has been funded by four U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History grants.  It is a non-profit project entirely supported by public funding, and the BHH-created materials are free for non-profit educational use. 

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Recent News

Bringing History Home 2011-12

Bringing History Home is now in all K-5 classrooms in the Cedar Rapids CSD and Prairie College Community
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Reviews of BHH Lesson Plans on the NHEC

The National History Education Clearinghouse has reviewed two Bringing History Home units. The reviews assess the BHH First

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BHH in College History Classrooms!

Dr. Catherine Denial of Knox College has been the BHH lead historian since the project began nine years ago.  

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