White House Holidays Unit Studies from Silverdale Press LLC are a great way to keep learning happening while taking a break from regular history studies. We started this unit study as our school year was coming to a close. It was just what we needed to transition to our “summer break”. Little do the kids know that we are still continuing doing “school” but in a much more active and creative way.
White House Holidays Unit Studies is a digital product to download. This came to me in individual studies and downloaded very quickly. These individual units made it easy to find the study we were working on without going through the whole file. I printed some for quick reference, but used most of the information right from my computer screen. The kids followed along as I read. Each study has reading and suggested activities for Kindergarten through sixth grade and one for 7th through 12th. We used the one for younger children.
The first study we completed was the one about Labor Day. It had 3 lessons. I read it to David (12) and Evie (7). They really had no idea what Labor Day was other than school started immediately after that day. The information seamed to be a little over Evie’s head, but she did get it. We worked through all of the lessons and had a lot of great discussion. David and I just finished learning about the Civil War. One of the things we read about was about how children of all ages worked in mills and factories. We learned about how dangerous these conditions were and how wages and hours were not regulated like they are today. He was able to apply what he was learning in this study back to what we had just learned. It was one of those great light bulb moments that you love to see when your children get it!!
We read about labor conditions, formation of labor unions and looked at some photographs from that time period. We learned about Eleanor Roosevelt, the controversy about who really should be credited with beginning the Labor Day holiday.
Valentine’s Day was the next study that we did. This one was 5 lessons had some fun hands on activities. We read love letters that John Adams and his wife Abigail had written to each other. David and I enjoyed this because we had read a biography about John Adams not that long ago. We had a little more background information about the times those letters were written. Mr and Mrs Adams were separated for long periods of time and it was neat to see what they wrote to each other. They expressed their love, but also discussed politics and everyday issues for them like small pox and the new vaccine that was just starting to be used.
We made love letters on old paper. That was one of the suggested activities. Well I made an old love letter, Evie made an old treasure map. We tried to follow the suggestions. The good thing is she did understand the lesson.
John Adams was just the first lesson. The other lessons covered Ronald and Nancy Reagan, John and Julia Tyler, Grover and Francis Cleveland, Jacqueline Kennedy’s television tour of the White House.
The other holidays in the study are Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr, Thanksgiving and Veteran’s Day. We really enjoyed these unit studies and will be pulling them out again as we get closer to each holiday. It was nice to learn about how these holidays came to be and how presidents were involved in them. They will become more relevant as we do them again closer to that holiday and as my little ones get older.
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Many other families on The Homeschool Review Crew had the opportunity to review White House Holidays Unit Studies. Click on the banner below to see how they used it and what they thought about it. Persuasive Writing & Classical Rhetoric: Practicing the Habits of Great Writers was available to families with older children. Those reviews are here also. Please take a few minutes to learn about that one too.