With this being an election year (how could you miss it?) I wanted to spend a little bit of time with my children doing a unit study on the presidents. This fits in perfectly with our American History this year, too! We are at the point now where we have just read about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – so there’s no better time to jump in and learn more about the presidents!
During the election year of 2008, my girls were understanding a little bit more about the election and voting process. I think this year they will understand even more, as well as my youngest child, who is almost 7yrs. I don’t love watching alllll the craziness on tv, but a lot of it turns out to be very educational! I found myself watching along with my children and explaining things as we went along! So, this year, instead of being frustrated with all the political talk, try to pick and choose a few things to watch and talk through with your children. Make it fun and educational by cooking up some of the presidential favorite food items, making banners for your favorite candidate and having a red/white/blue party!
Homeschool Share has a lot to offer if you’d like to spend some time on this topic, too!
Links & Resources
- Presidents Day resources (LOTS of stuff here including book lists, lapbooks, and notebooking pages)
- Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books – unit study and lapbook
- Presidents Lapbook
- Jen shared recently on the blog about the book So You Want to be President!
- For the 2008 election, we did a mini-unit in our home, I shared some ideas here (and our lapbook here)
- Coloring pages of U.S. presidents
Crafts & Hands-On Projects
There are so many creative genuises out there! Take a peek at our President Pinterest Board!