Make your child's history lessons come alive by visiting a local historic site. Touring a famous battleground, presidential home, or political monument enriches your child's educational experience in a visually exciting, hands-on way that a textbook just can't match. Some cities offer so many historic attractions that you could stay a whole weekend -- or even a week! Philadelphia, for example, is packed with sites like the Liberty Bell (with its famous crack), as well as the homes of Betsy Ross and Benjamin Franklin. Create a special album filled with photographs of your child at the sites that you visit to make learning fun for years to come.
If your hometown does not include famous sites, there may be plenty to learn about its local history. Take a historic tour of your neighborhood. A trip to your town hall may offer information about the founding fathers or local historic events. If you grew up in the area, your children may also get a kick out of seeing the houses where you or your own parents lived when you were young. Showing them their roots is a wonderful way to bridge the generations.