On Live It Learn It’s inaugural Family Day at Ford’s Theatre, students who had studied about Lincoln and the Civil War and visited Ford’s Theatre with Live It Learn It, had the opportunity to return with their parents and grandparents to show them what they had learned. The adults were totally engaged with the site and activities. We had a grandfather who had been wanting to visit Ford’s for years and this was his first visit. Another parent lamented that despite being a native Washingtonian and working at the National Gallery of Art, he hadn’t ever experienced the city in such a way and was motivated to do a lot more after visiting Ford’s. He and his family even stayed behind instead of returning to the school so that they could do more exploring. It was wonderful to see the students interacting with Ford’s staff, who were absolutely terrific with the kids and their families.
Students who had already studied George Washington and visited Mount Vernon with Live It Learn It, had the opportunity to return to Mount Vernon with their parents and grandparents to show them what they had learned. The adults were impressed by how much they learned from their kids and engaged with the estate and character interpreters. One student brought her whole family including a 4th grader who came to Mount Vernon with us last year, a 2nd grader who is excited to get the full experience next year, a kindergartner who participated enthusiastically, and a couple of very proud parents! Mount Vernon’s staff were absolutely terrific and the families had a terrific time interacting with them.