A Soggy but Successful 2011 Home Educators' Day

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As I type this, I can still hear the sounds of home educator families enjoying activities in the classrooms at Monticello’s Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center. Today, we were delighted to host our 2nd Annual Home Educators’ Day. Despite heavy rain this morning, I’ve encountered lots of smiling faces and many families who are enjoying learning about the genius of Jefferson together.

Throughout today families went on house tours, explored the new Crossroads exhibition, played games from the early 1800s, made book marks and travel journals, investigated reproductions of some of Jefferson’s gadgets, and had a lot of fun! We look forward to next year’s…. save the date, March 7, 2012.

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says

Voting Results from Home Educators' Day! Thanks to all the home schoolers who voted on which of the gadgets that Jefferson used they thought was most useful. And the winner... drum roll, please... was the orrery (an atronomical model)!

Here's the way the voting turned out:

Orrery - 25 votes
Lap desk - 23 votes
Dumb waiter - 18 votes
Camera obscura - 15 votes
Cipher wheel - 9 votes

If you'd like to learn more about the orrery on display during home educators' day, check out this blog post about it, http://www.monticello.org/site/blog-and-community/posts/jefferson-era-or....

says

So glad that everybody had fun!

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