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|
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,
Facebook page when we're done.
Want more inspiration? Check out my US History and Presidents Pinterest Board.
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