Today it’s all early American History lessons, with a slew of ideas for learning about the Founding Fathers. The American Revolution and Colonial Ameria are my favorite time periods for American History, and it shows when I look at the posts I’ve written for history lessons. With the release of Hamilton, that interest has only grown.
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F is for Founding Fathers
What Would the Founding Fathers Think: I was given this book to review, and LOVE it. It does a great job explaining all about what their original plan was for our government and what it was built on.
It’s written on about a fourth-grade reading level, I’d say, and walks you through a simple and entertaining explanation of original intent for the first half of the book. I CAN’T WAIT for my kids to be old enough to read this, because the style of writing really reminded me of Jean Fritz, and the content is one of the things I want my kids to get from learning US history, what the ORIGINAL intent was.
The last half of the book is the Founding Father’s commentary on the current state of our government, which of course, they don’t agree with. I thought it was a great commentary and well done. Even if you don’t agree with their thoughts on the current state of government it is a great read for their thoughts on government at the time of the founding.
To go with this book, here are a few of the Founding Fathers to learn more about and places they were in:
We start our Hands on History lessons tour of the Founding Fathers with G is for George Washington
- and the American Revolution- a sensory bin to play with it from 3 Dinsoaurs
- Make a cotton ball wig and pretend to be George Washington again from 3 Dinosaurs
- Visit Mount Vernon and see where he lived, then go to their website and have a blast playing around there……. I am such a nerd. Or read about another visit with Busy Kids, Happy Mom.
- Learn about Valley Forge, where he kept the troops together despite all odds
- read about his teeth, and the sad story of how he lost most of them, remember kids, Brush your teeth
- Make George Washington’s camp for Valley Forge
- Check out the George Washington Pinterest board, which has all sorts more ideas.
- Washington crossing the Delaware with All Things Beautiful.
- Make a pocket for what George Washington holds with All Things Beautiful.
H is for Alexander Hamilton, first secretary of treasury
- create a timeline of his life
- write a poem or story about him
- see the museum exhibit about him
- color a picture of him or pick up the Dover Alexander Hamilton coloring book (check out how I used it for an interactive history notebook)
I is for Independence Hall where we signed the Declaration of Independence
- visit Independence Hall
- make a Liberty Bell like the one that hangs outside of Independence Hall and read Saving the Liberty Bell (On My Own History)
- write your own Declaration of Independence
J is for Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence
- read about his life, honestly, you could read this author for any of the Founding Fathers
- visit Monticello, be impressed by the architecture, and think he’s a little odd at times, then go to their website and discover a wealth of MORE information
For more ideas on US history, visit my Pinterest board on US history.
Now check out some of the other ideas in this hop: