Colonies & Revolution, Chronometer, Hawaii, Alaska, Russia

When your child is in 5th or 11th grade visit Williamsburg, Virginia and walk the streets of an English town in 1765. Wander around the self-sufficient estates of George Washington’s Mount Vernon or Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Follow the American Revolution from Massachusetts to Florida. Follow the yellow Freedom Trail in Boston, catching all the historical sights; take a quick drive up to Concord and Lexington to witness where the first shots were fired. While you are there, visit the home of Louisa May Alcott, author of little women, and Walden Pond where David Thoreau lived. Go to the Benjamin Franklin Science Museum in Philadelphia so your child can replicate many of Franklin’s experiments and tour Independence Hall, home of many of the debates about independence.

Review the U.S Constitution, trace its history back to the Magna Carta signed in 1215 AD (both can be seen at the National Archives in Washington D.C.). Revolution crossed the Atlantic from the U.S. to France. Then the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. Trace Captain James Cook’s Pacific explorations and discoveries in Alaska and Hawaii. Visit his memorial on the Big Island where he died. Peter the Great modernized Russia and built St. Petersburg. Enjoy his Palace, now the world famous museum, The Hermitage. One of the biggest advances in navigation, a stable chromometer (see early models at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England)  allowed sailors to know more precisely their location. English invented, this led to Greenwich being declared zero degrees, or the Prime Meridian (although France held out for Paris).

Trace the history of guns and cannons. Experience the sounds of classical music in Wolfgang Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg, Austria (as well as the Sound of Music). See if you can trace your ancestors back to these years to what role they played to make this time-period much more tangible for your child. Research the return of a Republic in the U.S. from the ashes of Rome and Venice. Travel the historical Spanish mission trail in Texas or California.

On all your trips, make sure and set up a college tours of the Universities in these cities. All have amazing stories to tell. When it comes time to consider applying for college, your child will have had the benefit of visiting a wide variety. 106 of the first 108 Colleges founded in the U.S. started based on the Christian Faith. While many have drifted away, it helps to know their legacy. Harvard was founded in 1636, William & Mary in 1691, Yale in 1701, Princeton in 1746 and University of Pennsylvania in 1751.



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