Homeschool History Helps: The American Presidents

Homeschool History Helps: The American Presidents - Education Possible

In 1789, George Washington became the first president of the United States. During his two terms in office Washington significantly helped shape the path for the office’s future role and powers. Over the past 200 years  more than 40 individuals have filled this role and served as The President of the United States of America.

Here are some of our favorite learning resources for the American Presidents:

Take a Virtual Tour

Although it is referred to as “the people’s house” the White House is also the home and office for the President of the United States. Take a virtual tour inside the White House and watch videos about famous historical artifacts that can be found inside the home.

Online Resources

The White House website also has information about each of the Presidents and First Ladies.

A Timeline Guide to the American Presidents from Scholastic.

Key dates in the lives of each American President from Enchanted Learning.

Videos

Find short videos about each of the American Presidents from The History Channel.

Our favorite video series is The American Presidents, DVDs by Disney Education. The DVDs even include very helpful Educator Guides to print and use as lesson plans.

Primary Sources

The National Archives offers information about many of the Presidential Libraries around the country. Find virtual tours, documents, lesson plans and more.

The American Presidency Projects offers a searchable database of more than 100,000 documents related to the study of the American Presidency.

Middle School Resources for Studying the American Presidents - Education Possible

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Learning Activities

Deliver a Presidential Speech – Using the Presidential Speech Archive, select a speech. Research the context of the speech (when and where it was originally delivered), read (and if available, listen to) the speech, then practice delivering the speech.

Kids can practice writing skills and share their knowledge of current events by writing a letter to the President of the United States.

Educational Trivia Card Game – Professor Noggin’s Presidents of the United States

LEGO Architecture White HouseBuild an architectural replica of the White House. 560 LEGO pieces.

Mad Libs for President (Mad Libs)Fill in funny stories about the presidents, famous speeches and more! For ages 8 and up, 48 pages.

Interesting Books

Presidents (Eyewitness Books)Reference book for kids filled with photos. Clip art CD and wall chart included. For ages 8-14 (72 pages)

The Everything Kids’ Presidents Book: Puzzles, Games and Trivia – for Hours of Presidential Fun (144 pages)

American Presidents Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book) – Interesting facts and coloring pages. For ages 8-14 (48 pages)

The White House for Kids: A History of a Home, Office, and National Symbol, with 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived In The White House For ages 8-12 (96 pages)

Read a biography of your favorite president.  Select the biography series that is the best fit for your interests and reading level.

Unit Studies, Lapbooks, Notebooking, and More

FREE Presidential Birthplace Lapbook – Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Presidents of the United States Unit – Our Journey Westward

President Notebooking Page – The Notebooking Fairy

U.S. Presidents Fun Facts Cards – Sallie Borrink

HISTORY Through the Ages: Time Travelers American History Studies by Homeschool in the Woods

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Susan Williams
As a veteran educator I am always looking for new ways to bring learning to life for my family. I enjoy traveling, sharing ideas with other moms, and helping my children explore the world around them. We have been homeschooling for more than a decade and are now entering the final stretch of our homeschool journey with two teens in high school.
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