On Mondays we take a few minutes to visit a notable museum or historical monument somewhere in the United States, all in keeping with our comfortable philosophy of “teaching with-out the curriculum.” Explore a new place with your students, find it in your atlas, learn a new name or a new date, and you’re done.
This week’s state-of-the-week is Louisiana, and in browsing the America’s Park’s website (americasparks.com) I spotted the Audubon State Historic Site in Henderson, Louisiana. Here’s the state’s own webpage for the site, with photos, a calendar or events, trail maps, and more:
This is a fine five-minute opportunity for your students to learn the name of John James Audubon (1785–1851), the pioneering American naturalist and artist who lived at this site in the early 1800s.
You can see some of his famous bird illustrations in the photos on the park website, and your students can use their atlas to find the park’s location of Henderson, Louisiana. The many well-known Audubon Societies (local and national), founded beginning in the late 1800s, are named for John James Audubon.
What museum or historical monument have you and your homeschoolers visited lately? 😊
❡ Your River Houses almanac (riverhouses.org/books) has a list of U.S. national parks and monuments on pages 425–432, and the sidebar on the River Houses website (riverhouses.org) has a link to the comprehensive America’s Parks website (americasparks.com).