Tuesday is books-and-libraries day at the River Houses. This Tuesday, take a few homeschool minutes to explore some teaching materials at the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress (loc.gov) in Washington, D.C., is the national library of the United States, and every homeschooling student entering the high school years should become familiar with “LC.” The Library publishes a great many interesting blogs on books, literature, history, and special items in their collections. One blog in particular is designed for teachers (blogs.loc.gov/teachers), and it has a wide range of posts that could easily be made into simple homeschool lessons.
One of my favorite recent articles on the LC teaching blog is “Profiling Portraits: Occupational Portraits of the 19th Century.” Without reading the captions, see if you can identify the professions being illustrated. Do they all still exist today? How have they changed since these portrait photographs were taken in the nineteenth century?
There’s lots of good vocabulary in the LC post as well. What is a cooper? How about a daguerreotype, or a transit, or a weaving shuttle? Time to turn to your comprehensive homeschool dictionary (riverhouses.org/books) for an answer!
¶ The sidebar on the River Houses website (riverhouses.org) has links to several important online library collections that we like to explore. The WorldCat Library Finder will help you find all the libraries in your local area, and WorldCat itself will help you locate the nearest copy of any book you want.
What have you discovered at the library lately?