I think I’m going to throw in the towel on the #wordlesswednesday photos and just admit that as an English major and History major, I will add in words. This time, it’s all about the National Constitution Center and who lies buried in Benjamin Franklin’s grave in Christ Church Burial Ground. If you guess Benjamin Franklin, you are half right. His wife, Deborah, shares his final resting spot as she shared some of his life.
Last Sunday, I took the kids to the National Constitution Center to take advantage of free admission for Women’s History month. I knew going in that it might be a little over my almost 5 year old’s head which it mostly was. He was thrilled by the voting booths, the buttons to push, and the cool Checks and Balance game out in the lobby; that was it. I would have been thrilled if I could have spent time reading all the exhibits instead of keeping a bored little boy occupied. As I always say, we can go back.
Yes, this is quite revealing of their personalities, and please note the non-existence of the 4 year old. He was being himself, too. The Model T Ford in the background is part of the Prohibition Exhibit which we did not look at. I wasn’t ready to talk about booze etc. with a 9 year old, 7 year old, 6 year old and 4 year old.
This Checks and Balance game was in the lobby behind the ticket desk at the National Constitution Center. Even though the 4 year old and 7 year old ended up rolling around on the floor with the giant die, I was happy to see how much my kids know about government and American history. I know we’re going to have a blast this summer checking out American history in Philly.
By the way, Former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor has launched a series of video games to bring back the teaching of civics. Known as icivics, the site has 16 educational video games along with free teaching materials. Kids and teachers can use the site without registering though registering will save students’ in-game progress, unlock items, and allow students to compete with their friends on leaderboards. O’Connor’s robe is on display at the National Constitution Center.
Then, we crossed the street to visit Christ Church Burial Ground, final resting place for historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and 3 other signers of the Declaration of Independence. More than 5,000 graves lie in the 2-acre burial ground which prompted questions from the kids about why the markers were so close together.
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