Being a teacher and a mom I LONG for those 3 day weekends. We are coming up on President's Day weekend. I figured...why not make it a fun learning experience?! Justin (my husband) teaches history. He loves it so I decided to utilize his knowledge about our founding fathers as well as the other presidents.
When the four of us got in the car and began our journey home, I said, "I have a President's Day activity for us to do!" Maddie (being exhausted from a day of work - or so she thinks in her little 3rd grade mind) responded with "what? more work?" I explained that my work is fun work! Once we got home and homework was complete, I pulled out my President's Day Rap song (thanks mom and dad)! Even Justin enjoyed this one! :)
We then made our homemade cherry pie! I printed out pictures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, and FDR. While we ate dinner our history lesson began. Justin explained how each one of these men did something meaningful. When we got to talking about territories, Justin explained how Spain once owed Florida. My sweet baby boy then asked, "how did Spain move Florida all the way over to where we are now!??!!" Oh how I love those sweet, innocent, and sincere comments and questions.
There were a lot of questions and I absolutely loved watching their expressions when they had to think about slaves, hardships, assassinations, and even fractions (referring to territories). It is difficult and hard to explain sad things in life. I remember when my kids were babies thinking about how they knew nothing. There was innocence. It is difficult to watch it go away with information that I give them from past history or decisions people make.
We talked about how the cherry tree story from George Washington is a fable but... is a great lesson to receive and is also a valuable moral. George Washington expressed the importance of telling the truth and who doesn't need a reminder of that?!
The above picture are images from this evenings events. There will be many more to come as President's Day has still yet to come. We are on our adventure to learn about different presidents in the next 4 days.
The phrase "pin it" has become very popular in the world wide web. Well, tonight I encourage you to pin your pictures. Get your old cork boards out and reminisce old photos. Re-create memories and relive the loving moments you once had or want to hold on to. I am having SO much fun coming up with ideas to create memories my kids and will hopefully hold onto forever. How will my kids re-pin me one day?
My Repurpose for today: Keep pinning my ideas so my kids will one day want to re-pin me!
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