So despite our family's politics, I recognize that these next couple of days are significant, and provide a number of "teachable moments" for Evyn. Moments I want to be prepared to take advantage of. My friend Amy is bringing her daughter, K, over for a playdate today. This inauguration has special significance to them (Amy's husband is half black – specifically, Jamaican) and K will be watching the events on TV, so I thought we might take a moment to explain the inauguration and the significance of this election, in as simple a way possible. I thought I'd share the resources I found and a brainstorm of ways to apply them. Most lesson plans and activities are geared toward children older than Evyn and K, but there are a number of ways to simplify any lesson by taking the basic lesson objective and using it to start a discussion and simple activity.
And since I don't have a photo today, you get to sift through my obnoxious font parade.
Explain the Inauguration:
- use this cheat sheet of facts and activities from Scholastic Parents
- try a page from this guide at TeachableMoment.org – Inauguration Guide
- use the Parents Guide from the Philadelphia School District site
- or use the NYC Dept of Education Inauguration 2009 Curriculum as a resource
- Activity Idea: Help your child make an Inauguration pennant – either imagining their own ("if you were president, what would your pennant look like?") or celebrating Obama, using pictures from magazines
Talk about the move Obama's daughters, Malia and Sasha, will be making to their new house – the White House:
- Imagine what life would be like in the White House – you can even show them pictures of the palatial rooms.
- Make your own using craft sticks.
- You could also share these stories from previous children's time in the White House.
Talk about equality, respect, and individuality:
- Talk about differences and make note of some of the physical differences between family members. Define "unique" and note what makes each other unique. (Evyn has a LOT of fun comparing the physical differences between us).
- Read Galations 3:28 and remind your children that "…you are all one in Christ Jesus."
- Try this "Same on the Inside" activity for preschoolers
- or this version of "Simon Says"
- or make an "All About Me" collage or mini-scrapbook or puppet (Evyn is really into paper bag puppets right now)
- try an activity from this God Made Me lesson plan
Talk about Martin Luther King, and relate it to the history Obama will make on Tuesday:
- Color and put together this Mini-Book from Scholastic.com outlining MLK's dream
- Talk about dreams and hopes using this simple lesson plan & activity sheet (also from Scholastic.com); display your child's dream sheet proudly on her door
Finally, explain what it means to be President, and use family prayer time to Pray for Obama and his family.
Pray for rulers and for all who have authority so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God. (1 Timothy 2:2)
Other reads: A Most Gracious Loser and Win for Equality