As your child’s first teacher, you probably have figured out that children learn best by doing. Visiting where a famous author lived or worked is an excellent way to help your child connect with the context of books they will read in the future.
- Ask yourself if it fits your child’s interests.
- Verify the hours by phone or email a few days in advance. Websites are not always correct, especially places with limited staffing.
- Determine if the child-friendliness of the place matches your child’s abilities.
- Watch Author Adventures YouTube videos through https://safeshare.tv or on its own for short previews: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTknT6AT2IO42uLmr9Qd-IA
- If possible, go to your local library and check out books your child can read about the author before or after the trip.
- Save your photos to share your off-the-beaten-path experience with family and friends.
- If possible, make a donation to help keep the landmark going.
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Discuss with your child in advance questions they can ask tour guides. Be sure your child has a way to take notes or draw what they see or shoot photos so they can participate in preserving the memory of the experience. It’s helpful to have some type of tool for expression in their hands while they are walking through.
Remember that historical landmarks have a range of child-friendliness. Some require more walking than others. Some are filled with delicate objects. Some have attractive gift shops. Some have more interactive exhibits than others. Some require group reservations and some are self-guided. Select wisely.