Ben’s Guide provides opportunities to learn about themes related to our Government. These themes, called Learning Adventures, are divided into three school-age categories.

The Learning Adventures are designed for specific age and grade groups: Apprentice level is designed for ages 4-8 (grades K-3), Journeyperson is designed for ages 9-13 (grades 4-8), and Master is designed for ages 14 and up (grades 9-12 and up).

The Learning Adventures categories of Apprentice, Journeyperson, and Master refer to the in-house apprentice program at GPO that provided years of hands-on training in the field of printing. In Ben Franklin’s time, children could became apprentices to learn a trade; in modern times, young adults would spend several years at GPO to learn the technical crafts of printmaking and bookbinding to prepare them for work in that field.

Although Learning Adventures are designed for general age groups and grades, don’t limit yourself! Feel free to explore any category to learn more about each theme.