Happy Easter from the
Edison Birthplace!
The Birthplace will remain closed to the public through April to support social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus. While we are all doing our best to adjust to these conditions, this newsletter will focus on opportunities for education and inspiration while schools, libraries and other traditional gathering places are closed.  

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Neighborhood Teddy Bear Safaris
One innovative way of promoting camaraderie that has popped up is displaying teddy bears in windows visible to the street. This adds a fun challenge to family walks to see how many teddy bears can be spotted.  
Edison was home schooled by his mother along with learning from experiments based on his own interests. Nancy Edison encouraged her son to have both a head and hands approach to learning, allowing him to have his own laboratory in their small
basement-a place where his father became quite concerned as various small explosions emanated, along with strange smells. Nancy endured over dad’s protests and imbued Tom with four life-long pillars of learning :
1. Do not be afraid to fail, keep trying, learn from your mistakes.
2. Read across the entire span of literature, not just what you like.
3. It is OK to work with your hands and learn from life, not all important things come from books.
4. Never stop learning, keep improving yourself.

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Transition from the Classroom
Local schools are developing resources and methods for providing, During this transition, some teachers have organized "car parades" to show their dedication to students by waving for encouragement or holding up personalized signs of encouragement.  
John Blakeman, Biology Teacher and Birthplace Trustee 
John Blakeman, who has served on the board for years, was recently featured in the news for his work in securing a grant from the EPA.  

John explains his personal connection to the birthplace:   

It is my distinct honor to serve on the Board at the Edison Birthplace. In the fourth grade, my teacher, Mrs. Stuckey, took our class 40 miles to Milan, to the Birthplace. That particular trip --- as exactly envisioned by the founders --- prompted me to become a science person. 

My mother gave two quarters to spend at the museum, and I bought the biographical comic book of Tom's life. At home, I read it repeatedly. I could identify with everything presented. I, too, was not a very good student. I was something of a "slow learner." My mind was often outside of the classroom, in the fields and forests that I love.

I took to heart all that I learned from Edison. Work hard; persist, learn from mistakes; see a bigger, broader, future vision. Examine and take diverse sources of information.

All of that, first encountered at the Birthplace, has guided my professional careers, both as a biology teacher (conveying to my students those same Edison doctrines), and as a field biologist using native vegetation to solve water quality problems.

My thanks to everyone associated with the Edison Birthplace. Truly special.
Educational Resources
In addition to local library online resources and websites geared to home schooling, there is plenty to explore.  

The website  www.easyscienceforkids.com  provides information on a wide range of topics from biographies of scientists to instructions for science experiments. 

Ohio 'At Home Learning' initiative is set to provide daily programming for students in pre-K through high school on Ohio PBS channels. This makes educational content widely available without requiring broadband internet access. 

PBS Learning Media supports the programming with free online resources at: https://pbslearningmedia.org.
In addition to Edison, many other public figure were also taught at home instead of in a formal school environment. Who was not?
What is the correct answer?
Marie Curie, first woman to win a Nobel Prize
Teddy Roosevelt, 26th President
Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President
Find out if you were correct in next month's newsletter!

Last Month's Question:
What was Edison's other daughter's name?

Last Month's Answer:
Marion Estelle

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