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4 Small Ways to Observe President’s Day

Posted By Jessica Fisher On February 19, 2011 @ 2:00 am In Learning | 10 Comments


Monday is President’s Day, originally recognized as Washington’s Birthday. While it may be a school holiday for some, that doesn’t mean you have to take a break from learning.

Investigate the reason for the holiday in the first place and observe the day in small ways:

1. Read a biography of a past president. It doesn’t need to be dry. In fact, there are quite a few novels out there based on the lives of presidents. We enjoyed Duel in the Wilderness [5], about George Washington’s life while he was a young explorer and surveyer.

2. Bake a Cherry Pie. Despite what the historians say, I will always associate Georgie boy with cherries. So, live it up and make a pie together. Your kids will love it. You could make Sweet Cherry Pie [6] or try Bakerella’s Cherry Pie Pops [7] — so cute — or these cute individual pie pots [8] from Our Best Bites.

3. Watch a children’s video together. Last year when we studied the American War for Independence, we watched The Liberty Kids series. [9]

4. Take a virtual tour of Mount Vernon [10]. I’ve never been to the East Coast. But, I’ve heard that Mount Vernon is beautiful. You can click around with your kids on their website and even watch a movie about the historical site.

Got another good idea?

I’d love to hear it.

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[6] Sweet Cherry Pie: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/sweet-cherry-pie/

[7] Bakerella’s Cherry Pie Pops: http://www.bakerella.com/easy-as-pie/

[8] these cute individual pie pots: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2009/09/single-serving-pie-in-jar.html

[9] The Liberty Kids series.: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001B73PO4?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001B73PO4

[10] virtual tour of Mount Vernon: http://www.mountvernon.org/visit/index.cfm//cfid/1803741/cftoken/39916237

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