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Government, Democracy, and Currency Activities

Government, Democracy, and Currency Activities

As a former history and social studies teacher, teaching about government should come natural to me.  However, I found it challenging to break down this complex topic to a preschool or kindergarten level.  Focusing on national symbols or a simplified version of democracy worked really well for us.  We also explored currency as part of this week.  For primary school students, looking at local government may be more comprehensible than broad questions of national politics. These … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Educational Blogs, Featured, History and Culture, Smart Summer Challenge

Week 3 #SmartSummer Linky: Backyard Science + Government Week Round-Up

Week 3 #SmartSummer Linky: Backyard Science + Government Week Round-Up

Show us how you’re having a Smart Summer in your own backyard! This week’s prize is from one of my favorite fair-trade, eco-friendly kids’ toys boutiques. Our theme for this week was Backyard Science…and we had lots of fun exploring in our own backyard!  I can’t wait to hear what you have been doing to find the learning opportunities in the everyday. Pin It I had highlighted posts from the previous week’s linky to but for clarity’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Smart Summer Challenge

#SmartSummer Week 2 Government Linky

#SmartSummer Week 2 Government Linky

Show us how you’re having a Smart Summer! I had highlighted posts from the previous week’s linky to but for clarity’s sake, I’ve moved the round-ups to their own posts: Me on the Map Round-Up Government, Patriotism, and Currency Round-Up I’ve been sharing my family’s Smart Summer activities this week for our Government theme: Pin It exercising our democratic right to vote for our favorite ice cream flavor, Pin It skip counting coins, We’re also planning on making statue of liberty headbands, … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Featured, Geography, History and Culture, Smart Summer Challenge, Visual-Spacial

Delicious Democracy

Delicious Democracy

How do you communicate the basis of democracy to the under 5 crowd? With ice cream, of course! I checked in with my daughter to see if she knows who is president (she does) and how he got to be president (she did not). I explained that people vote for the president.  We skipped over the whole “electoral college” thing but I’ll explain later how you could make that a part of this activity for older kids. Then, … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Fall, Featured, History and Culture, Interpersonal, Smart Summer Challenge

#SmartSummer Challenge Week 2 – Government

#SmartSummer Challenge Week 2 – Government

Pin It The second Smart Summer Challenge theme is “Government”! What is the Smart Summer Challenge? Amy of teachmama.com, MaryLea of Pink and Green Mama, and I are challenging our community to beat the “summer slide” (the learning loss that can happen over the summer). We’ll be posting our activities daily, loosely following this calendar of educational summer ideas, and hosting a weekly linky (with PRIZES) for others to share their ideas and activities.  The Week 2 linky … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), History and Culture, Smart Summer Challenge