The National Archives “Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom” in Washington D.C. exhibits the most valued documents of our Republic: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. Although the girls may not yet fully appreciate there value, on our way to Experience 30 of 52, we took a short detour to view these hallowed documents.
On this experience the girls learned the basics behind the documents and saw the originals first hand. They learned:
- The Declaration of Independence announced the 13 American Colonies (which Grace is studying in Social Studies) would form a separate nation apart from Great Britain.
- The Constitution defined the scope of the American government system
- The Bill of Rights explicitly defines the rights that are granted to the citizens of this great country including freedom of the press, of religion, of the right to bear arms and of assembly (and we learned what these are).
This was actually our second trip to see the documents (the other being prior to the start of our 52-in-52 adventure) but the girls were just as patient and willing to wait in line in cold weather before seeing the documents again. They were also just as curious to see if they could read any of the original handwriting or recognize any of the signatures. This reinforces our belief that our 52-in-52 adventure is teaching our girls that learning is living and living is learning. As Gandhi once said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” We hope that through our continued adventures our gals will enjoy absorbing all that life has to offer them, will appreciate history and will be convinced that living and learning go hand in hand.