Latticed Learning - General History & Presidents

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's theme has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!

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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from the past while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly themes - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will be fun for you to explore with your little one!

Read All About It



This Little President, which I reviewed here, continues to be a favorite of ours.




John, Paul, George & Ben is a silly book that introduces some of our most famous founding fathers.




Gv has really enjoyed Yankee Doodle - both the detailed illustrations and the song!


 

Christopher Columbus is a good, introductory biography on this famous explorer.




Dancing with the Indians tells the story of a slave who escaped and took refuge with the Seminole Indians - told in a way that's easy for youngsters to understand.





If I Ran for President

A Picture Book of Rosa Parks

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King

Presidential Pets

I Grew Up to Be President

The Story of Ruby Bridges

Welcome to the White House

My Community Long Ago

Let's Read About...George Washington

Journeys in Time

Let's Read Biography: George Washington

Life in Colonial America

Young Clara Barton

Let's Read About...Abraham Lincoln

U.S. Presidents: The Oval Office All-Stars!

The Pledge of Allegiance

Wackiest White House Pets

The entire You Wouldn't Want to... series is so much fun, too!



Sing Some Songs



This Schoolhouse Rock album covers several American History topics - plus it's tons of fun to listen to!

Watch Some Videos



We watched these videos to go along with the songs.

This short work is fun for President's Day.

There's a ton of fun history information on the BrainPop site!

There are so many fun, interactive clips on this BBC site.


Play and Create


We did a few things to correspond to our topic this week, but the majority of our time was spent reading books!

First, we slid these cute action cards (pages 24 & 25 of the pack) into our foam dice and then got moving.

I ended up folding these cards a bit to get them to fit in our dice - if I'd paid closer attention before I printed, I would have just shrunk them a tad first.

One of the actions is to hold up your torch like the Statue of Liberty...Gv would also lift up one leg - every time!


Then we made some American History paper projects with ideas we got from this little book.

I cut out the blue hat and newsprint head for Gv, then she glued everything down.  (I also added the words and the nose and mouth, obviously.)

Again, I cut out his hat and face, then Gv ripped pieces of paper for the beard and glued everything down.

I did the cutting for everything but the feet, Gv glued it all down (don't you love the eyes she chose?).  She didn't want to cut a paper beak - but wanted to draw one, instead.
I cut, Gv glued.  This one was easy.

We decided to not use construction paper, but just color in a flag onto this heart (guess who is still boycotting coloring?).  Gv wanted to add drops of glitter stars and a little sparkle on the red stripes, as well.


Finally, we sorted a pile of coins using this little printable.

Besides making a connection between the presidents on the coins and those we'd been reading about all week, we continued to talk about the names of the coins and how much they are worth.


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What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.


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