Monday, February 24, 2014

Learning About The Presidents And a Giveaway!

February has flown by and it is now time for us to share the books and activities we used to learn more about this months theme: US Presidents!
We looked for books that would make the Presidents appeal to both a Pre K and third grader. Their common interests of animals and baking turned out to be the key! 

The plan was to make a list of each president's favorite foods and make some of them ourselves. Our library didn't have as many White house cooking books as I expected. Thankfully I accidentally found this treasure: Have Fun with the Presidents: Activities, Projects, and Fascinating Facts by David C King. It provided our recipes as well as lots of other projects, puzzles for the Presidents from George Washington through George W Bush.

We tried John Adams' Cool Berry Flummery, a yummy berry sauce to go with ice cream and John Quincy Adams' favorite Shrewsbury Cakes, spiced shortbread cookies. Looks like we aren't going to run out of dessert recipes to try for awhile..apparently many of the forefathers had sweet teeth.

This book was my favorite because it has pretty much given me a whole toolbox of activities. The kids, however loved our second book...

Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived In The White House by Julia Moberg. Two pages are devoted to each Commander in Chief and are full of funny illustrations of the vast range of animals that have lived in the White house. However, there is far more than just animals in this book. There is also the key achievements of is presidency, quotes and quick facts.
This was a great way to get our youngest especially interested in history having said that it is versatile as the reading level was perfect for Grade 2 and up.

Poppins Book Nook Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of So You Want to Be President?  !  The winner must reside within the United States. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms and conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here {}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:
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