One of the joys of homeschooling is that we can teach habit formation and virtues. “The habits of the child produce the character of the man.”- Charlotte Mason, Simply Charlotte Mason President's Day in February gives us a great opportunity to work on the character trait of honesty. The story of George Washington as a young boy and the cherry tree is a great story to support the honesty virtue and has been used throughout generations to teach this principle. So, in light of our first grade study of George Washington, President's Day and our four week habit training on honesty, I'm sharing with you some ideas and resources you too can use with your children!
William Bennett's Children's Book of Virtues is full of stories to support your habit training. George Washington and the Cherry Tree is just one of these. Of course, we utilized this read aloud, but then we tied in some art! Making a cherry tree is a great science connection. Make sure to talk about the parts of a tree: roots, trunk, branches, leaves and blossoms, maybe fruit.
-dot makers (work great for preschoolers)
-red and white paint to make pink (or pink paint if you have some)
-brown crayon, brown marker or brown paint
- brushes and cleaning supplies
* For my preschooler, I just went with the flow when she threw out the paint brush and decided to do finger art for the cherry blossoms. The dot markers work great too! (Shown in affiliate links.)
I love using art with other subjects to teach! Don't you? I'll share some other activities we've been doing to learn about this period in history and our first president. I also like to go in-depth with what we're learning and tie it in to as many subjects as possible, so I created a little ditty of fun to support history, poetry and even language arts concepts all about George Washington. You can get my resource here. The poem in the picture came out of necessity! Super hard!
Since I've been studying more about the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling, I chose to implement elements such as story narration and poetry in my unit. A classroom educator would refer to narration as a five finger retell, but in effort to homeschool in the Charlotte Mason way, I wanted my include an opportunity for my first grader to narrate George Washington and the Cherry Tree (featured in The Children's Book of Virtues).
I also wanted to include an opportunity to do a picture study of fine art with the subject of Colonial America up to the Revolution. The most famous we viewed is Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze. We don't have a lot in the way of fine art cards yet, so I tired to use the internet. Can anyone recommend a trusted source with art for children to view?
Fun Activities Online:
Interactive Portrait of George Washington from Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg Games and Activities
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