School’s Out

This classic rock song rings true – at least for the summer. While I am doing some curriculum work and teaching some summer “camp,” it is a useful time to gather my ideas and recharge for the upcoming school year.

I had a great visit to our U.S. capitol, Washington, D.C.!  There is much to see and learn here. When I was younger I went but really didn’t appreciate the sights as much as I do now.  The museums and architecture of America’s historical buildings are spectacular. One of the highlights for me was seeing the REAL signed copy of our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights in the National Archives. Sadly, the Declaration is very faded from being displayed near a window for ten years. I could read many signatures, such as John Hancock (barely) and John Adams, but not Benjamin Franklin’s.  😦   I left with information to use in school from their teacher-friendly research room. We also visited the Supreme Court, U.S. Capitol building, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Washington Monument (named a “monument” and not memorial because he was still alive when it was presented), and the many war memorials. It is very moving and humbling to be in the presence of these memorials.  It wasn’t until our visit to Arlington National Cemetery that I became more aware of the sacrifice many citizens have made for each of us living in America today. The changing of the guard is quite poignant (which means very emotional). After the changing, I couldn’t help but sing Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American” in my head.

As I am, I hope you too are busy reading during these summer days. I have two books started and will finish them before picking up another. I have a book list and a goal – we’ll see how I do in between curriculum work and summer camp.

Enjoy these summer days and the waxing moon!

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