Wednesday is Veterans Day in the United States, when we honor all those who have served in the country’s armed forces. If you and your homeschool students would like to make a valuable contribution to the study of American history, consider participating in the Veterans History Project from the Library of Congress:
The Veterans History Projects asks citizen-participants (like you and your students) to interview American veterans and to compile their reminiscences into a permanent record for deposit in the Library of Congress. The interviewees may be family members who are veterans, or veterans living in your local community. There is a special page for teachers and students who wish to participate as interviewers — the recommended grade level is 10 and up:
Participation requires a significant commitment on the interviewer’s part: materials must be collected, interviews documented, and so on. Here’s a short video that describes the process:
If you have highschoolers in your homeschool, participation in the Veterans History Project would be an exceptional learning opportunity for them as well as a valuable contribution to the record of American history.
What educational discoveries have you been making in your library this Cygnus 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 (not to mention one of our Lunar Society Bulletins on the cooperative research projects we recommend to homeschoolers). 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. 📚