30 May 2011
Patritotic Curriculum for Little Ones
Kids meet the Presidents by Paul Rodhe & Paul Beatrice. I picked this book because it was small (my kids like books that are easy to hold and not too heavy) and there were 44 pages of 44 die cut portraits of the presidents. I thought it was super cool. (click on the title of the book if you'd like to see it and order it through amazon.)
We read about a different president each week (I do some paraphrasing because this is definitely an elementary age book but I wanted that so we can still use it when they are older) and some days we just review the ones we've already read so I point to the portrait and say, "Who is this?" "George Washington!" Who is this? "Barrack Obama!" Who is this? John Adams! When I start my coin unit we may jump ahead to meet Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt!
I'm also in the process of purchasing Just a Piggy Bank by Gina Mayer. I love these books! We have a slew of them at home, I love the pictures and the humor of the author. But this book is going to "kick off" my coin unit I'm going to be starting next month with my kids (mid June to July). Both my kids have piggy banks and we LOVE to put coins in our piggy banks but I wanted to teach them who the men are on the coins, the names of the coins, and their value. I'm going to be using the following worksheets to help me. click here for penny...click here for nickle....click here for dime....click here for quarters. Now you can have some worksheets for your preschooler....and the websites have more information, so check it out if you have time.
Do you know of any songs about coins, or money we could sing? Or maybe any rhymes? That's my next research project!
Happy Memorial Day!