Inauguration Education for All Ages

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January 20, 2009 will be a very special day for the United States of America. This happens every four years, but this year is extra special. Whether you voted for Barack Obama or not, it’s still exciting to watch democracy at work. It’s also a great opportunity to teach our grandchildren important facts about our country. Even those who live in other countries seem to be intrigued by all the hoopla that is different from their own hoopla. Over the years, I have enjoyed watching various princes and princesses court and wed in other countries, and marveled at the differences and the similarities I could see in the process. Hopefully tomorrow, friends and neighbors in other countries will be enjoying that as well as they watch our various proceedings.

Here are some sites that might add to the educational and informational aspects of all the different events:

For the grandchildren:

Reading A-Z, a reading resource site, has many excellent educational links for you to enjoy with your grandkids. These include books, maps, posters, fast facts, and more. http://www.readinga-z.com/theme/inauguration.html

TechSavvyMama has several educational links as well, including biographical information, what Michelle Obama will be wearing, and what the day will be like for Barack Obama and his family. http://budurl.com/TechSavvyInaug4Kids

Parents Rule! has a good article on how to discuss the inauguration with your grandchildren, no matter who you voted for. 🙂 http://budurl.com/InaugGKdiscussion

For everyone:

For the news junkies among us (of whom I am one :)), ZDNet has a list of various news programs and where you can watch the inauguration online. http://budurl.com/InaugNews

Lifehacker has a list that is growing continually. It includes a variety of ways to get streaming video to your computer and/or cell phone. They also have Flickr and Twitter resources listed, along with other interesting links. http://budurl.com/LifeHackerInaug

Many elderly relatives will enjoy watching the various Inaugural events from home, but don’t have or wish to use computers. The Mercury News has a good overview of what will be available, including a couple of shows for the grandkids – http://budurl.com/InaugTV1

Yahoo’s article gets a little more specific on what channel has what show at what time: http://budurl.com/InaugTV2

For those who will be there or those who want to gloat that they aren’t having to deal with the anticipated crowds, here are some links to traffic information: http://budurl.com/InaugTrafficInfo1 , http://budurl.com/InaugTrafficInfo2 , http://budurl.com/InaugTrafficInfo3 , http://budurl.com/InaugTraffic4 – this last ink is straight from the Virginia Department of Traffic (VDOT), and has other inauguration links as well.

As for the weather, it isn’t going to be sunshine and roses, I’m afraid. Then again, it is the middle of winter so I guess the D.C. crowd is used to these conditions! Here’s a couple of interesting articles on that subject: http://budurl.com/InaugWeather1 and http://budurl.com/InaugWeather2 .

As for me, I will be monitoring the proceedings on Twitter and the web, with a warm cup of hot cocoa in hand while avoiding the white stuff we are supposed to get and typing up a small storm of my own :). Happy Inauguration Day!

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