Log CabinI also taught them about the penny while teaching about Abraham Lincoln and the best activity we did, which I didn't even take a picture of, was to make his log cabin by gluing 6 popsicle sticks onto blue construction paper, gluing a triangle piece on top for the roof, a rectangle piece for the door, and a square piece for the window. And INSIDE the window, they got to glue a penny, heads side up, so that it looked like Lincoln was in the log cabin, how cute is that?! I got the idea HERE.
I know that Washington chopping down his dad's cherry tree is supposedly a myth, but it's still a fun story to tell and the cherry trees they made were so great! They traced their arm/fist with brown crayon and colored it for the trunk, then dipped their thumbs in green for leaves and pinkies in red for the cherries. They loved it!
FUN FACT (and confession): I taught my kids that George Washington had really bad teeth, which eventually fell out. that part is true. Then I told them that he had wooden teeth for most of his life but that is WRONG and I just found out today - his dentist actually made him false teeth out of IVORY from the TUSK of a HIPPOPOTAMUS! So much cooler than wood.
Stars and StripesFriday was my last day teaching my preschoolers and my teacher had a substitute, so I went all out for teaching the flag/George Washington, hence the Friday Fun Day face paint (colored chalk dipped in water).
The kids had a cow when they came back from computers and saw my face painted - sometimes it's really easy to get their attention ;) It was so fun to teach the stars: the stripes are in a pattern, each star represents a state - which was the perfect transition to talking about G.W. being the first president when there were only 13 "states" aka. colonies.
I'm going to miss them a LOT but I'm also ready to experience something new :)
p.s. We actually spent Presidents' Day shopping and going to some really cool waterfalls - more on that tomorrow!