Weekly Wrap-up: The President

We’re sticking with the U.S. government topic for the month (and maybe longer, because I keep coming up with more to talk about).  This week we focused on the executive branch. I found How the U.S. Government Works by Syl Sobel. This is a nonfiction book that goes over all the branches of the U.S. government. We just read the part on the executive branch and president.

From there, we went to a few picture books. Those included So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George. She manages to get quite a bit of presidential facts and minutiae into a humorous look into what it takes to be president, and what many of the presidents were like. She manages to integrate all the presidents from Washington to Clinton.

Finally, we checked out Margaret Chase Smith: A Woman for President by Lynn Plourde. She ran for President in 1964. This is her biography. I found it a bit annoying, since every page ended with the same type of sentence: “What a {blank} she was – {and then something about her}”. However, that annoyance was tempered by the bonus facts about U.S. history, like incomes, life expectancy, women in history, and others. I didn’t know about Margaret Chase Smith or her run for President, so I got to learn along with the kids this week.

And those are the books we used this week, linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.


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