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The year 2020 is a federal census year, so why not try out this ready-made unit study on the census from the Library of Congress.
The U.S. Constitution calls for an enumeration of the nation’s population every ten years, and that constitutional provision has been faithfully carried out every decade since 1790. This year (2020) is a census year, and if you’d like to use the occasion for a homeschool lesson on the history of census taking in the United States, the educators at the Library of Congress have got you covered with a little unit study all ready to go:
- ➢ Exploring Census-Taking Processes Through the Years with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
A collection of historical photos of census workers from years gone by illustrate the counting process and how it has changed over time. Suggested discussion questions are provided to help get your students thinking about history, technology, and historical interpretation.
I’ve been seeing lots of ads for census-taker jobs in the last few weeks. If you’re seeing them too, point them out to your students and use the ads as a lead-in for this fine library history lesson. ✅
What educational discoveries have you made in your library this Orion 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. 📚