Children are curious about changes in routine. Staying home from school for President’s Day creates the perfect opportunity for conversation and activities about the office of the President.
What you can do:
For Primary Children:
- Talk about the office and role of the President.
- ~See what questions your children have.
- Visit the library or book store.
- ~Find picture books about our Presidents.
- Look at the change in their piggy banks with them.
- ~Name the Presidents and/or the coins.
- ~Make crayon rubbings of the President’s faces.
- ~Design you own coin with their face.
- Try out some other fun activities! Here are a few websites with fun ideas to get you started:
For Elementary and Older Children:
- Enjoy some conversation.
- ~Let your children share with you what they already know.
- ~Add what you would like them to know about the office and role of the President.
- ~Find out what questions they have.
- Research together.
- ~It is important for children to see that learning continues outside of school and into adulthood. Show them how you gain more information about things that interest you.
- ~Explore how a country’s leadership differs around the world.
- ~Find out the answers to their questions.
- Try out some fun activities! Here are a few websites with fun ideas to get you started:
- Have some fun with facts.
- ~Elementary-aged children delight in knowing things. Facts are a fun way for them to feel knowledgable.
- ~Read the facts together or have fun quizzing one another. Here are a few fun facts to get you started:
- President’s Day:
- >Presidents’ Day was established in 1885 in honor of George Washington, whose birthday fell on February 22nd.
- >On February 22nd each year, Washington’s farewell address is still read in the United States Senate.
- George Washington:
- >Was the first President of the United States and served from April 30, 1789 – March 4, 1797.
- >Is the only President in the nation’s history to have been unanimously elected by the Electoral College.
- >Established the two-term precedent for Presidents after declining to serve a third term and retiring to his home in Virginia, called Mount Vernon.
- >Began school at age six, but left at age 15 to become a surveyor, since his mother couldn’t afford to send him to college.
- >Never had children of his own. At age 26, Washington married Martha Dandridge Curtis, who already had two children.
- Abraham Lincoln:
- >Was the 16th President of the United States and served from March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1885.
- >Led the country through the American Civil War.
- >Was largely self-educated and even taught himself law.
- >Is the only President to hold a patent. He created a device that would free steamboats if they ran aground.
- >Delivered one of the most famous presidential speeches, The Gettysburg Address, on November 19, 1863. It was less than two minutes long but had a lasting impact on history.
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