Monday, February 18, 2013

President's Day Homeschool

Happy President's Day to you all!

I'd like to share with you bit of the fun that we're having on this special day. For many, since most schools use this week as February vacation, this day goes relatively unnoticed because no one is in school to plan some special activities. But not here! Since we are "in school" this week, and since Mama happens to be a former social studies teacher, we are learning about many of our presidents today. Take a look and join the fun!

I found a great list of ideas from Deb over at Living Montessori Now, and I began the day with one of the free printables she recommended in her list. We used these president coloring pages, and a penny toss math graph, letter to the president activity, presidential sequencing activity, and white house building craft all from Cortney Bystrom's free learning center pack.

Making our penny toss graph- so exciting to see if heads or tails "wins"!

Writing a letter to the president with some thanks and words of advice :)

President photos from the Teachers Pay Teachers site, which we glued onto stars and then put in chronological order
Here is what our Montessori shelves looked like this morning:

They included:

A "P" is for "president" craft which involved me cutting out some P's from white paper, and providing red and blue crayons plus some patriotic stickers for decoration.

The top shelf includes some relevant books, but next year I'll make an effort to hit the library before the big day. We had several time period books, and a great historical atlas, but next year I'd like to include more simple biographies on specific presidents.

The top shelf also includes an invitation to play by making Lincoln's log cabin out of Lincoln Logs. (The kids had no idea about the connection of the toy's name to the president until today, and they were amazed!)

Other shelves include:

Some cutting practice which will do double-duty because we need 44 stars to which we'll adhere presidential pictures, and then put them onto a clothesline in order. I provided a template with no outline for my kindergartner to practice with,
 ...and stars with outlines for my preschooler.
 I copied the pictures we're using for the star presidential sequencing activity, and created quick cards for my kindergartner to use with his letter tiles.
 The kids are continuing to work with patterns, so I provided this simple craft stick pattern activity with homemade index card red, white and blue templates for them to replicate.
 This basket contains an invitation to make their own monuments using play doh. I included several photos from "real life" monuments so they would have an idea of what each memorial looked like.
 Then I decided that since I had printed the pictures, I should type out the names and make a few quick nomenclature cards too. I recommend laminating cards for future use, which I did after these photos were taken.
 My toddler worked on sorting red and blue pasta (I couldn't figure out a way to really make any pasta white, since I only keep brown rice pasta in the house).
 My kindergartener and preschooler also used the beads and hundred board to make and place some of the numbers they saw on the president photo cards.
 We practiced "p" is for "president" using the salt tray (although I used some blue sand because I had it on hand).
 My kindergartner is exploring the US map, and together we found Illinois, Virginia and a few other relevant states to our lessons today.
 My kindergartner also did some penny math with some coins and a few worksheets that I had on hand.
We'll be working on our star president clothesline for the whole day, but I'll be sure to post pictures on my Facebook page when we're done.

Want more inspiration? Check out my US History and Presidents Pinterest Board.

I'm linked up to Montessori Monday!


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    1. Hehe, they all know that one pretty well.

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  3. What awesome Presidents' Day activities, Emily! I love the variety of activities and that your shelves look so neat and inviting. Thanks so much for linking to my post, too! I pinned your post to my Kids' Presidents' Day Activities Board at

    1. Thanks for pinning, Deb, and thank YOU for all your great inspiration! I always start at your site when I'm planning my lessons.

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