By Hillary Kleck
Presidents’ Day is Monday, February 15, 2016, and we’ve rounded up three fantastic resources you can make use of today as well as all year long! The Presidents’ Day holiday celebrates the birthday of the nation’s first President, George Washington, and many states also honor Lincoln and the US’s other 42 leaders. Listed below are three valuable educational resources that make learning about the role of President, history of the United States, and what it means to be a good citizen, fun for children of all ages and abilities.
Bookshare® offers the world’s largest collection of accessible titles. As a result, students, schools and many organizations around the globe use Bookshare to access the books they need for school, work, and the simple love of reading. They have many titles related to the holiday which you can find easily with their customized search tools online or on their Read2Go App for iPad. Two of our favorites are Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome from the inspring Kid President, and Red, White and–Achoo! #33 about Katie, a little girl trying to prevent the ultimate Presidents’ Day disaster.
Scholastic has been delivering outstanding books, magazines and educational programs directly to schools and families through channels that have become childhood traditions—Scholastic Book Fairs, monthly Reading Club flyers, and Scholastic News classroom magazines for over 90 years. Their expansive online resources include accessible print and audio resources such as “Listen and Read” where we listened to “What Does the President Do?”, and their Teachers site lists a variety of Presidents’ Day multi-sensory ideas like this “Sorting by Sound” activity. Try it!
DCMP is the Described and Captioned Media Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administration by the National Association of the Deaf. Its mission is to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. They offer an extensive library for children and students of all ages, but our two favorites are the described videos “So You Want to be President?” full of fun facts about the past presidents, and “Barack Obama: The Story of Our 44th President” which chronicles his life and gives a brief history of civil rights and freedom.
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