Monday is Museums & Monuments Day at the River Houses: spend a few homeschool minutes exploring a notable cultural or historical site, learn a new name or a new date, find a new location on a map, and your little lesson is done.
On this day in 1789, George Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the United States. That important event took place on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City, now the Federal Hall National Memorial and a place you and your homeschoolers can visit online or in person:
Their website provides many details on this important building:
Here on Wall Street, George Washington took the oath of office as our first President, and this site was home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices. The current structure, a Customs House, later served as part of the US Sub-Treasury. Now, the building serves as a museum and memorial to our first President and the beginnings of the United States of America. (nps.gov/feha)
What museum or historical monument have you visited with your homeschool students lately? 😊
❡ Little lessons: If your homeschoolers are studying American history this month, here’s a tricky question you can ask them: “If the United States became a country in 1776 (with the Declaration of Independence), how come the first president (Washington) wasn’t inaugurated until 1789?” Answer: Because the country was first governed under the Articles of Confederation, not the Constitution, and the Articles of Confederation included no provision for a national president! For a read-aloudable five-paragraph account of how we got from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution, turn to pages 473–474 on your River Houses almanac (riverhouses.org/books).