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We’ve all missed out on many social opportunities this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but one benefit has been that many previously local events have been made available online. The National Archives in Washington — home of the Declaration of Independence — has always celebrated Independence Day, but if you couldn’t get to the nation’s capital to attend, you were out of luck. But this year, for the first time, the party will be available online for everyone!
You can find the whole schedule of events, educational, historical, and celebratory, at the ArchivesJuly4.org website:
“Join the National Archives for its first-ever virtual July 4th celebration! For 50 years, the Archives has celebrated the founding of the United States that includes a traditional reading ceremony of the Declaration of Independence on the Museum steps. This year, the National Archives will lift the words of the Declaration of Independence off of its well-worn parchment and bring them to homes across the country online, while providing a host of educational activities for the whole family!“ (archivesjuly4.org)
It’s an ideal homeschool family activity for the upcoming holiday — no matter where you may be!
What other educational treasures have you discovered, online or offline, in your library this Hercules Term? 😊
❡ Dukedoms large enough: Have you found all the local libraries in your area? There may be more than you realize, and there’s no better homeschool field trip than a field trip to a new library! The WorldCat Library Finder will help you find all the library collections near you — public and private, large and small — and the WorldCat catalog itself will help you locate the closest copy of almost any book in the world. 😊
❡ Books in the running brooks: The sidebar on the River Houses website (riverhouses.org) has links to several important online library collections that we like to explore, as well as permanent links to WorldCat and the WorldCat Library Finder. Why not sit yourself down at a large screen for a while (rather than a phone) and give them a browse. 🔎
❡ When in doubt, go to the library: This is one of our regular Homeschool Books & Libraries posts. Add your name to our weekly mailing list (riverhouses.org/newsletter) and get great homeschool teaching ideas delivered right to your mailbox all through the year. 📚