Monday, February 15, 2010

Presidents' Day

Presidents' Day by Anne Rockwell is a well written fictional book to help young children understand a national holiday. One of the curricular objectives in kindergarten is to teach the children about national holidays. I struggle with teaching things in isolation but I'm finding it's important to teach about the national holidays as they happen, my young students need just tidbits of information that will lay the foundation for further learning as they get older, and as we talk about time and calendars national holidays are naturally entering our conversations.

Ann Rockwell's book defines Presidents' Day, how a president is elected in child friendly terms and then the readers follow a class on their journey putting on a class play about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt. What I enjoy the most about the text for each president is how Ann Rockwell tells young readers the important work each of these great men did and the message of their presidency.

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