A few years ago I shared this blog post and I thought it was worth sharing again because many of you wonder What The History Project is all about? What are the prompts? What are you doing?
Obviously I can’t share all the information going on within the class, but if you follow me on social media, you see that I share little bits of what we do. But if you don’t do social media, here’s a little visual sampling on what we do or what you get in the class.
Unlike the first couple years where I had a more organic ‘do it as I feel it’ approach, the subjects have now been grouped together rather than produced on a weekly basis. This way you can work on Sections with similarly themed subjects or you can feel free to jump around. All memories are focused on our early years (0-20). You can tell what some of these subjects are by the pictures above. I also ask questions or provide ideas or fun ways to journal as well as share tips on how to get those memories going in your head. We go through some creative writing exercises and tips to help you get the most out of what you’d like to share.
And let us not forget the PDFs and all the free shapes for each subject too! (as seen above) The PDF in its entirety is 117 pages and there are over 50 prompts and shapes or designs for each of the prompts.
In addition to all that, there is the Facebook group made specifically for class members to write and share their ideas and memories or approaches to this project. I love this because my way is not the only way (don’t tell my kids that ;) ). And I love hearing other people’s memories of certain subjects.
You don’t have to be a scrapbooker to do this. It’s all about journaling…with a little ‘foo foo’ mixed in (if you want to use it).
Here’s what a couple students have said:
“Loving what we are doing so far. I thought I did not have many childhood memories and can’t believe the memory flashes I have been having.”
“I am not a scrapbooker…..I have a very dear friend that introduced me to your website for the history project. I have talked to the whole family and we are so excited about doing the project together. Mom=86……….Me=63……….Both children=44 and 39………grandson=21 and will encourage the new grandson=6mo. I am just excited to have all those “hints” to jolt my memory. Thank you for the excitement going on in my head and my heart.”
I love that one sentiment….thank you for the excitement going on in my head and my heart.
That’s what it’s all about folks. It’s exciting to start recalling stories you didn’t think you had! And my own heart is very full, not only for the stories I’ve written for my family, but hearing how it’s affected your lives and history keeping as well.
We’ve even had one group of people that worked on this project together like a book group, which I thought was a fabulous idea!
I believe it’s the working together and sharing of those memories that helps inspire us to remember even more moments. And how fun is it to get to do it with your family?!
If you’ve been wanting a glimpse at what’s going on in there ;), I thought perhaps I’d share a ‘page’ from The History Project PDF.
Perhaps this will help you to decide if this project is for you. And remember, you can start any time. All the information is saved in the class structure so you can pick and choose from the subjects you haven’t done yet. There is no ‘behind’ in this class.
My motto is, ‘Don’t think. Just do.’
The time is now. Write your story now.