President’s Day began in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington. It is always celebrated on the third Monday in February. Many states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.
“Mock Interview” in a fun reading activity children can do on President’s day, here’s how:
1. Have your child select a historical figure, such as a president, to interview.
2. Tell your child he must use the Internet or books from the library to research information for a mock interview with this person.
3. Next, have your child write down questions to ask the historical person, then have your child write down the answers he or she thinks they would get if he really interviewed this person.
4. Finally, after your child has completed both the questions and the answers, have them read their “mock interview” to you and explain why they answered the questions the way they did.
“Mock Interviews” are a great way for children to develop critical thinking skills, while they’re reading.
This reading activity comes from my upcoming book, HELPING CHILDREN LEARN TO READ THROUGH MULTI-SENSORY READING ACTIVITIES: A HANDBOOK & RESOURCE GUIDE
FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS
One More Thing
Abraham Lincoln is a great book for children in late elementary and middle school. The author and artists have been successful in finding incidents that will appeal to children’s imagination and satisfy their love of incident. Lincoln’s boyhood is portrayed with deep understanding of the life of a gangling boy in a backwoods cabin. He grows taller by the page and his face shows the recognizable features before he is grown. This is no brief picture book, but a balanced story of Lincoln’s life, up to the last beautiful page that shows the tired war-president seated in an armchair beside Tad Lincoln.
This book is a must-have for every home and school library!
All The Best
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