Teaching Children about the Presidential Election and U.S. Government: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

October 30, 2012

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY:

Norman Rockwell You’re a Grand Old Flag

Lyrics by George M. Cohan

Why we love this book:

Next week, our country will exhibit its patriotic pride by heading to the poles to peacefully elect a president for the next four years. What illustrates American life and patriotism better than the paintings of Norman Rockwell? This patriotic book begins with a forward by Norman Rockwell’s grandson, John Rockwell, in which he shares a brief biography of Norman Rockwell’s life and his work.

Grand Old Flag Norman Rockwell

He goes onto highlight how the collection of paintings selected to accompany the classic American song You’re a Grand Old Flag by George M. Cohan, “illustrate themes representing the spirit of the American flag.”

Teaching Children about the Presidential Election

Last week, I shared how I have been pleasantly surprised to find an abundance of good children’s literature to teach children about the American Revolution. Thus far, we’ve focused our attention on our Founding Fathers, our Nations first presidents and the Presidential Election.

George Washington: I have sung my children’s praises for Big George many times. I will let my many past glowing reviews stand.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson: Another enormous hit in our home has been Those Rebels, John & Tom by Barbara Kerley. The children love how the book begins with both men in their youth and the way it illustrates how different these two men truly were. The author and illustrator uniquely weave together whimsy with facts. Did you know that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who became president? Or that both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, America’s 15th birthday?

Rather than finding one perfect book that teaches American History or how the U.S. Government works, I’ve found a number of more concise resources that break down the facts into smaller books.

We’re currently reading Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts by Syl Sobel, J.D. This is not a flashy book with elaborate pictures. However, the information on how our country elects a president is perfect for MacGyver, age 9. He has a good grasp on who is eligible to run for president and who is eligible to vote. I believe he even understands the Electoral College versus the popular vote. I think that is something we’re all trying to figure out. At this point, MacGyver at age 9 knows more about our presidential election than those people you see on Jay Walking. (Does Jay Leno still do that or am I just dating myself?)

The Pledge of Allegiance and Illustrating the American Flag

FREE printable Flag from ColoringCastle.com

The American Flag, MacGyver, age 8

The American Flag, Miss Enigma, age 5

Print this FREE: The Pledge of Allegiance of The United States of America

America is Red, White and Blue

FREE printable book

Supplies:

Step 1: Brainstorm Red, White and Blue Colors

  • Introduce America, and how Red, White and Blue represent the United States of America
  • We brainstormed a list of red, white and blue items to add to our “America” books

Step 2: Write and Illustrate Book

  • The children used our list of words to help them write and illustrate their books.
  • I simply write the words for young children as they dictate page by page.

Grand Old Flag Norman Rockwell

We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of  Norman Rockwell You’re a Grand Old Flag.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What is your favorite patriotic song?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Monday, November 5, 2012

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Tuesday, November 7, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara H October 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I like The Star-spangled Banner. I love to hear the story of that song on the kid’s radio show, Adventures in Odyssey. I love the part of the second verse that says, “then conquer we must, when our cause it is just; and thus be our motto: ‘In God is our trust!’ And the star spangled banner in triumph shall wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Ellie October 31, 2012 at 12:19 am

My favorite is the hymn, “America the Beautiful”. It’s lovely, melodic, and poetic. I also love “This Land is Your Land, this Land is My Land ….” It’s a great sing-along song!

Gidget October 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I really like all of the Sousa Marches – as well as James Cohan songs

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