National History DayA� is a highly regarded program linked to both national and Pennsylvania State education standards that allows students to research outside of the standard curriculum. It helps inspire students to become better scholarsA�and provides them with A�valuable ‘hands-on’ academic experiences. For these reasons and more, parents find the National History DayA� program provides their children with an opportunity for academic and self growth.
Parents are important to National History DayA�!
Here are some things you can do to as a parent of a student interested in National History DayA�:
- Encourage yourA�child’s teacher(s) to have the class participate in National History DayA� or mentor students who are interested in participating!A�NHDA� begins at the school level and may alreadyA�be a part ofA�your child’s curriculum.
- Support yourA�child’s class participation in doing project work including conducting research at libraries, archives, and museums or conducting oral history interviews.
- Encourage your childA�toA�develop their critical thinking skills by getting them beyond just relaying facts.
- Be supportive of yourA�child producing a project, helping them to manage time and follow a schedule.
- Help yourA�child’s school if it holds a local contest or fair that gives students a “dress rehearsal” or elimination round. Even though not all students will make it on to the regional competition, the skills they acquired are irreplaceable!
- Volunteering for the National History DayA� Regional competition. Many helping hands are needed to make this a wonderful experience for our children!A�We are always in need of new judges and volunteers.
Most importantly, give yourA�child the gift of life-long learning by helping them explore the cultural resources in their community and region for a National History DayA� project.