Tuesday is Library Day in the River Houses, and what better River Houses topic can there be than the world’s longest rivers. 😊
The Nile and the Amazon have vied for the title of world’s longest river for centuries. The Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress is posting a two-part illustrated essay on the mapping and exploration of these two rivers — the first part is on the Amazon:
This is a fine item to share with your homeschool students. Why not get out your family atlas (riverhouses.org/books) and see if they can calculate the Amazon’s length on their own.
Part II of the essay, on the Nile, will be appearing soon.
What educational discoveries have you made at your library lately? 😊
❡ Let the river run: Why not do a homeschool study of world rivers over the course of the year? Start with the river lists in your almanac (pages 691–692) and make it a project to look them all up in your atlas, or in a handy encyclopedia either online or on a weekly visit to your local library. A whole world of geographical learning awaits you! 🌎
❡ 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. The WorldCat Library Finder (worldcat.org/libraries) will help you find all the libraries in your local area — there may be more than you realize — and the WorldCat catalog itself (worldcat.org) will help you locate the nearest copy of almost any book in the world. 😊