Every Monday we visit a notable museum or monument in the United States, all in keeping with our comfortable philosophy of “teaching with-out the curriculum.” Spend a few minutes exploring the place online with your students, find its location your atlas (riverhouses.org/books), learn a new name or a new date, and your little lesson is done. Over the course of the year, almost without realizing it, your students will absorb a wealth of new cultural, historical, and geographical information — and so will you!
This week’s state-of-the-week is Illinois, so we’re going to pay a virtual visit to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. Here’s the museum’s own website, with photos, exhibits, maps, and much more:
The Field Museum is one of the world’s great natural history museums, and if you ever travel to Chicago you should be sure to pay it a visit in person. Established in the 1890s and named for its first great benefactor, the department store magnate Marshall Field, the Field Museum is a major scientific research center and hosts up to two million visitors each year in its public exhibit halls.
If you don’t have the opportunity to make a personal visit, today you can explore many parts of the museum online, including “Inside Ancient Egypt,” the spectacular Grainger Hall of Gems, and perhaps the most famous exhibit in the museum, the giant Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton nicknamed “Sue.” The museum also has a special site for educators (fieldmuseum.org/educators) that will be of interest to all homeschool science teachers.
What museum or historical monument have you visited in your homeschool lately? 😊
❡ Your River Houses almanac (riverhouses.org/books) has a list of U.S. national parks and monuments on pages 425–432 and a list of notable U.S. museums on pages 247–248. The sidebar on the River Houses website (riverhouses.org) has links to the comprehensive America’s Parks website, which includes national and state parks, historic sites, wildlife refuges, and more.