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Teaching Your Kids about President’s Day



It’s February which means that you have a couple holidays coming up. While a lot of people only consider Valentine's Day and think of February as Black History Month, one of these holidays is actually President’s Day. This year, help your kids understand more about our government system by teaching them about President’s Day. Here are a few ways you can do that.

Why Do We Celebrate It?

Before you can teach your kids about President’s Day, you need to understand a little more about it yourself. President’s Day was created so we could honor George Washington, the first president of our country. The holiday has evolved over time so that now all presidents are recognized for their service to our country.


Make a Collage

Because President’s Day is now celebrated to honor all presidents, both present and past, you can help teach your kids about this holiday using a collage. Print off pictures of all of our presidents and glue them on to a poster board. Your kids can also cut out pictures from magazines to show what each president is famous for. For example, your child might put an ax and a cherry tree next to George Washington, or maybe they’d put a picture of slaves or cotton next to Abraham Lincoln. Not only will this activity help your children see the faces of all of our presidents, it will also help them learn more about their accomplishments.

Write a Letter

In addition to learning about presidents past, you can help your children know more about this holiday by teaching them about our current president. Sit your children down and write a letter together, addressing it to President Obama in the White House. Your children will be able to express any questions they might have about the way our country’s government is set up.

Take a Field Trip

Most likely, your children won’t need to go to school on President’s Day. Take advantage of this day off and go on a field trip where your kids can learn more about our democratic government. This field trip could be to a local museum in order to learn more about historical events our presidents have been a part of. You could also decide to set up a trip to your state’s government building.

President’s Day is a holiday that can teach your children a lot about our country and government.

What are some ways you teach your kids about President’s Day?

Annmarie John
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  1. We are lucky here in Boston because we have a lot of history. We might go to the JFK library to learn this year.

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  2. These are some great tips for kids to learn about presidents day! I worry that many kids don't know much about history or politics.

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  3. These are great tips. It's always important to teach kids from an early age, and these activities make it fun.

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  4. Son learned about president in school and enjoyed it. this week he is visiting the Governor as part of a celebration.

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  5. Gosh I am not sure I have taught them in years, since they are in elementary school they learned about it there.

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  6. I like hands on learning so I would love to do a field trip with my kids for President's Day

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  7. Field trips are a great way to learn about presidents. It adds some fun mixed in with the facts.

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  8. It is wonderful to have kids learn about this. Love the ideas.

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  9. Love going on field trips to teach history. We took my son to the Holocaust Museum in D.C. and it was the best experience to teach him about the Holocaust.

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  10. I love the idea of writing a letter to the President! I asked our 3 year old what "government" was after reading this and she said, "the police that keep us safe and the President that tells them what to do." We have a bit of ground to cover... :)

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  11. I love the collage ideas. Kids really enjoy hands on learning.

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  12. I am always up for travel. I really love museums and things, so traveling for Presidents Day sounds like something I would enjoy.

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  13. It is so important to teach our kids about our history. I have overlooked Presidents Day a lot, but I will try to do better.

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  14. I love the idea of a collage! What a great collection of ideas to help teach our children about history.

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  15. It's good to teach kids early on how the Government works and what being the President means. President's Day is a good reminder to pass on some information!

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  16. I have never thought of this, but these are great ideas. Your kids need to know their history and these activities make it not just easier but also it brings and element of fun as well.

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  17. Great idea to go to the museum, or the library even, to learn more about President's Day. I know my son would love to visit our State Capitol, too.

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  18. A collage would be such a fun idea. I forget how much I enjoy making them.

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  19. In Wisconsin President Day is not a holiday to close the schools. The kids school has a great program each year to celebrate President's Day.

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  20. I agree that it is very important to teach kids about the important of special days. You listed some good ideas. We do not celebrate President's Day where I live but your ideas can be used for other occasions.

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  21. You present some good tips about teaching your kids about President’s Day. My son's class recently wrote letters to the President.

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  22. Great ideas. I love the idea of taking a field trip. We will be going to Washington, DC this Spring Break and plan to take a tour of all the monuments which will help them understand, as well... :) Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Great idea to sent up some fun activities for Monday! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  24. Great ideas. We will use these - Jude is off of school that day so it will be great.

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  25. Love this! As a Kindergarten teacher, I wish parents took more of an interest in their child's education!

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