Visit the White House–Sort Of…

whha_logo.gifFrom the White House websiteOne of my hobbies, or interests, is history of the White House. In fact, one of my dreams is to be able to see the upstairs of the White House and visit the Oval Office. What are the chances of this? Probably about as much as striking up a friendship with Zachary Levi (“Chuck”), or winning a zillion dollars, or being mistaken for Brad Pitt.

The biggest let-down of not winning Virginia Teacher of the Year was not because the folks in Richmond thought somebody else was better than I, but that was my last chance for getting my foot in the Rose Garden. So how else do I visit?

Have you heard of the website The White House Historical Association? This is a fabulous website to take students to if you want to learn the history/background of the President’s House, get lesson plans, teaching guides, etc.

Examples of things you can see:
=>Primary Document Activities: Go
=>Music Educator’s Kit: Go
=>Art Educator’s Guide: Go
=>Examples of lesson plans: Go

The White House official website has a fascinating page about life at the White House with virtual tours, historical photos, facts, art, and what happens at Christmas. For example, here’s a pdf of their booklet given out at the White House Christmas tours: White House tour book Check it out!