I Love History!!! I am a former History Teacher in South Jersey! Check out this cool way Ben Franklin will teach your kids History while School is Closed!
I TO KEEP HISTORY EDUCATION THRIVING EVEN WHEN SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED.
Carly Q. Romalino, Cherry Hill Courier-Post
Published 6:01 a.m. ET March 26, 2020 |Updated 1:40 p.m. ET March 26, 2020
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Imagine Benjamin Franklin in 2020, isolating himself from the COVID-19 coronavirus at home in Pennsylvania.
The founding father would be tinkering, toiling and inventing something to make Silcon Valley drool, Rob Carroll suspects.
Carroll, who's portrayed Franklin for a living for more than a decade, expects Ben might even use his ingenuity to build a new business — one that keeps his lights on, while educating and entertaining kids being home-schooled for the first time through the pandemic.
"I was thinking of all these 'rookie' home school teachers, hearing stories from my friends saying, 'Oh, my God, what am I going to do?" Carroll said.
Then, an idea hit him like a lightning strike.
Roman, 5, and Evelyn, 7, chat with Ben Franklin, portrayed by West Deptford native Rob Carroll. Video provided by Casey Belsito.Cherry Hill Courier-Post
He's suiting up in Franklin's Colonial frock and logging online for history-based virtual chats with students.
The 20-minutes chats cost $25 and aim to give "rookie teachers" — also known as parents — a break in home school lessons.
"I spent the last 20 years learning about him and continuing to be inspired," Carroll, a West Deptford native who now lives in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, said.
"I'm constantly finding new reference material about him. He lived to the age of 84 and had such varied interests."
“I think it was a nice break from having mom as a teacher. Kids always seem to listen so intently to other adults - especially someone as important as Ben Franklin.”
CASEY BELSITO, WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP
That's what makes it so easy to connect with kids. No matter what their interest, there's a story connected to Franklin that Carroll can tell.
Monday, Carroll's Franklin — a gray locked man looking softly over the top of glasses on the tip of his nose — dialed into the Belsito's Washington Township living room.
Casey Belsito was thrust into the role of professor last week to her two kids; second grader Evelyn, 7, and kindergartner Roman, 5.
There was a learning curve the first week, Casey Belsito said.
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