Stepping back in time is an adventure for adults and kids alike. Last spring my family visited Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home in Virginia. Even as teenagers my kids were fascinated by the living history exhibits and the museum with George Washington’s personal copy of the Constitution, complete with his handwritten notes. Part of our trip was to uncover facts regarding our Christian American heritage in the founding of our nation. God’s fingerprints are all over our nation’s beginnings!
February is a great month to focus on American history. Washington’s Birthday was established as a national holiday in 1885. President’s Day is celebrated today to commemorate the contributions of all U.S. presidents. February is also Black History Month. There are so many great ways to jump into history lessons with kids. And history is far from boring! Here are some fun facts for you to share with your kids about our U.S. presidents. There’s also a list of books to spur kids on in regard to the history of our nation. See what you can uncover together about the background of our great nation!
Fun Facts for President’s Day
• Every year since 1896, Washington’s Farewell Address has been read to the Senate on February 22.
• Thomas Jefferson was an amazing inventor! He developed the plow for farming and a macaroni machine!
• Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president at 6 feet, 4 inches tall. The last bill he signed was to require “In God We Trust” to be inscribed on all U.S. currency.
• Ulysses S. Grant received a ticket for riding his horse too fast on a street in Washington.
• Benjamin Harris had a pet goat named Whiskers while he was president.
• The teddy bear is named after Theodore Roosevelt.
• William Taft served as President and later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
A Picture Book of George Washington David A. Adler
America’s Forgotten Heritage Carol Olsen
Celebrating President’s Day Creative Teaching Press
Heroes in Black History David Jackson, Netta Jackson
Hidden History: Profiles of Black Americans Milliken
The Everything Kids’ President Book Brian Thornton
Time for Kids: Presidents of the United States Time for Kids
“Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity,
religion and morality are indispensable supports.”
George Washington, Farewell Address
How are you encouraging your kids to delve into the history of our nation?
By Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
Wife to Scott, Mom of 2
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting
http://archive.org/stream/washingtonsfarew02wash#page/18/mode/2up (page 19)