Celebrating President's Day

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While The Playful Pioneers curriculum provides an overview of some favorite U.S. presidents, we love to strew more books and activities about the presidents in the hope that our children will continue to study on their own. Although the independent reading list that is included in The Playful Pioneers contains an extensive list of favorite books about U.S. presidents, we wanted to highlight a few of our favorites to make a celebration of their birthdays extra special.

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The Buck Stops Here by Alice Provenson

George Washington:The First President by Sarah Albee

George Washington by Ingri and Edgar d'Aulaire

Abe Lincoln:The Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters

Abraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar d'Aulaire

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We also love doing projects that relate to the presidents. Cooking and baking always make holidays come to life, and we especially love this recipe, adapted from the Tasha Tudor Cookbook.

There are so many fun projects from The Playful Pioneers curriculum that could be revisited for a celebration of President's Day, and our children will remember what they've learned much longer when it is followed with active play.

1. Build a pretzel and peanut butter log cabin

2. Plant a cherry tree or other fruit tree.

3. Pretend to be a surveyor and make a map of your own lot.

4. Play charades, using the president descriptions from The Buck Stops Here for prompts.

5. Paint a cherry tree and use your pinkie finger to finger stamp cherries on it.

6 Follow this watercolor tutorial to paint a cherry tree.

7. Recite the Gettysburg Address

We hope your celebrations are full of joy. These special days in February can help bring fun into a winter season that often feels long.

To bring even more joy into your homeschool, check out The Peaceful Preschool and The Playful Pioneers. These weekly guides are full of ideas for making connections with your children over beautiful literature.

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a simple santa mask

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Check out this sample day, from The Peaceful Preschool curriculum. The daily activities are tailor made for a mix of active and quiet learning, and seasonal play is an important part of the curriculum. 

You might also enjoy:

Handmade Christmas with Children

Christmas Stories

Christmas Books and Toys for Intentional Families

Favorite Books For Advent

and A Simple Santa Mask

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What letter are you on? Share, by tagging #thepeacefulpreschool on Instagram, or in our encouraging private Facebook group, available with your curriculum purchase. 

To purchase the CurriculumPicture Word Cards, or even grab some of our freebies, click here.

For a complete list of picture books used for The Peaceful Preschool, click here.

Christmas Stories

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Christmas is coming, and I know the month and a few days until it is here will fly by all too quickly.

Making memories with my children is my daily hope, and yet that desire is even stronger at Christmastime. Because my focus is on memories and not on things, we avoid shopping over the holidays, choosing to order a few books and toys from online retailers after the children are snug in their beds, and instead, spend our days baking cookies, drinking cocoa, and reading beloved stories.

Kim John Payne, in his book, "Simplicity Parenting", gives me inspiration as I work to keep our Christmas gift choices simplified;

“The toys that are too detailed or complicated—too “fixed”—can rob a child of an imaginative experience. Dear nighttime toys can never disappear. Even if they are totally hideous, dear nighttime toys are nonnegotiable. The remaining toys have to include a mixture of active toys: building, digging, construction toys; and more receptive toys, such as dolls and stuffed animals, toys that just receive. There can also be creative materials, such as paints, crayons, and some modeling substances, such as beeswax or clay. The toys with staying power are usually—not always, but pretty consistently—figures of some sort, either dolls or knights or stuffed animals; building toys; and scenes or dwellings of some sort, into which the child loves to project his or her figures, and thus themselves.” Kim John Payne

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We also love crafting at Christmas, using our creations as simple, consumable gifts for friends or other loved ones. We have made tiny Altoid tin dolls, dipped and rolled beeswax candles, homemade mixes and cookies, as well as simply potting succulents for a quick hostess gift.

Check out this post for a few easy gifts to make with young children.

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My favorite part of Christmas memory making is definitely the reading aloud however. All the books that we have read not only create plenty of time to cuddle on the couch, but they also give us noble ideas. As we read Little House on the Prairie, we feel more thankful for all that we have, while reading Little Women aloud, inspires us to give to others. These stories, whether long or short, warm our hearts and fill us with joy and hope for the future, something that we all need a little more of.

A few favorites;

Peter and Lotta's Christmas

If You Take A Mouse to the Movies

The Glorious Impossible

Bear Stays Up For Christmas

The Christmas Stories of George MacDonald

Good King Wenceslas

Our new Christmas Guide contains four weeks of activities based around beloved Christmas stories and activities.


What are your favorite ways to create Christmas memories? Which books do you read every year?

What letter are you on in The Peaceful Preschool? Share, by tagging #thepeacefulpreschool on Instagram, or in our encouraging private Facebook group, available with your curriculum purchase. 

To purchase the CurriculumPicture Word Cards, or even grab some of our freebies, click here.

For a complete list of picture books used for The Peaceful Preschool, click here.

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