Language Practice with the Presidents
Each year, children are home from school on Presidents’ Day and it becomes just another day off. After the 57th Inauguration, it is especially fitting to utilize events and special people with children. Take some time with multilingual children to share the history of the holiday and some of the United States Presidents with them.
Presidential Book Possibilities
When talking about Presidents’ Day there are a lot of options. You can start with the history of the day. Focus on popular United States Presidents like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, or discuss the current individual living in the White House. There are now a wide variety of books for children of all ages. Some of them include:
- Celebrating Presidents’ Day: What is a President? – by Kimberly Jordano
- Presidents’ Day – by Anne Rockwell
- The Story of George Washington – by Patricia A. Pingry
- The Story of Abraham Lincoln – by Patricia A. Pingry
- If I Were President – by Catherine Stier
When you are finished reading, you could talk through a K-W-L chart together. This will work on listening comprehension and expressing what they have learned. If you read books about Washington and Lincoln, you could make a Venn diagram to work on comparing and contrasting. All of these activities will encourage expressive language use and allow children to pose questions and gain confidence.
Lincoln Log Center Learning
Abraham Lincoln’s log cabin has inspired a lot of great craft projects for children. One that would work really well with multiple goals in mind in speech is called Lincoln’s Log Sorting Center. The blog post written by a first grade teacher explains how the center cards were made. Then some of the sorting bags are given from her classroom. Of course, you could make your bags of logs that focus on start sounds, end sounds, or any of a wide variety of items that are in a needed skill set.
If I Became President
The book So You Want to be President by Judith St. George is an inspiring book for children. It shares how different all of the presidents have been and includes quirky facts about them. When reading this with children, it will help to reiterate the fact that anyone can work toward become President of the United States. Take time to talk and prompt your children to ask questions as they may come up.
Make a sheet for students to color and share with you after the reading activity. Include items like what their presidential office wall would look like, what they would do as president, and why they want to be president. Send these items home to share with families so they can see what you are working on together. Encourage kids to take time to discuss and share all of their personal touches with family members.