🌟FREE🌟 US Presidents Homeschool Curriculum! 🇺🇸

FREE US Presidents homeschool curriculum from Our Cozy Den

A few weeks ago, I shared with everyone our 2018 Homeschool Curriculum choices. In that post, I briefly mentioned that we’re doing a U.S. Presidents study with all four kids this year. We’ve been using Story of the World history for several years, and while I love it, it does not go into very great detail about American presidents. So I decided to supplement our history lessons this year with an in-depth look at all 45 Presidents. I want the kids to at least be familiar with all of them on some level!

I’m going to give you a rundown on how we do this — and how you can do it for FREE! I know that there are absolutely tons of curriculum choices and books you can buy to teach your kids, but one of my great philosophies is that homeschooling doesn’t have to be expensive!

1. Print off some lesson plans.

You’ll find a free printable set of lesson plans at the end of this post. It’s just a simple document that you can use to keep track of which guys you’ve covered and which ones you haven’t, as well as a rundown of what you should do each lesson.

A quick lesson about a particular president doesn’t have to be super in-depth or a detailed accounting of his life and/or term in office. Especially for elementary kids, a brief familiarity with the name and time period, along with any notable accomplishments and world events going on at that time is sufficient.

This is NOT a labor-intensive or time-intensive curriculum! We do it twice a week, and it takes maybe 15 minutes from start to finish. 

2. Gather up some resources.

I’ve taken the time to gather up some of my favorite resources that you can use (for free!) to bring this lesson to life for your kids.
{I google so you don’t have to! lol}

You’ll definitely need 2 things: a printable worksheet and some information.

Supplemental resources include things like:

  • These 60-second Presidents videos from PBS on YouTube. My kids absolutely LOVE watching these videos every week. The animation is fun and entertaining, and they are packed with information. They do speak very fast, though, so we watch it twice. At the end of the video, I ask each kid to tell me one fact about the president.
  • A simple Google Image Search can bring up fun photos/drawings/depictions of major events. Like, for example, searching “Ulysses Grant” brings up pictures of him as president, his wife, his home, his children, him on the $50 bill, him as a young soldier, etc.
  • Library books — check and see if your library has any books about the presidents you are studying each week. (For the bigger names like Washington and Lincoln, they probably have several, and for the lesser-known presidents you may need to put them on hold a few weeks out or perhaps borrow through an inter-library loan service.)
  • {Optional} I say optional, because this resource isn’t free. You can buy a cheap Dover Presidents coloring book (currently $5 on amazon). It has a page for each president, including the most recently elected Trump, along with a text block of information about each one’s life and presidency. It’s an easy shortcut for busy moms who don’t want to spend time downloading printables. I would still recommend supplementing the text block with some wikipedia info, though, to make it more comprehensive!

3. Decide if you want to add any supplemental projects and/or outings.

  • We currently live in Ohio, the birthplace of (I think) eight presidents. Since we are surrounded by so many presidential homes, burial plots, and museums, we plan to take advantage of that with several field trips this year as we cover those men’s lives.
  • We kicked off our lesson on presidents with a short lesson on what exactly the president does. We briefly talked about the branches of government, presidential powers and responsibilities, and the electoral college. I mostly just winged this (by drawing some charts on my dry erase board) and with a little help from google.
  • At the end of the year, I’m going to have the kids prepare a presentation about the president of their choice. This will be good review, as well as giving them a deeper look into the life of their subject.

 

Printable Lesson Plans

{Click here to download your free printable US Presidents lesson plans} 

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2 thoughts on “🌟FREE🌟 US Presidents Homeschool Curriculum! 🇺🇸

  1. Suzanne Wheeler says:

    Last year I used Our Presidents Rock! by Juliette Turner with my kids. It was GREAT and not expensive at all. The kids also learned the Presidents Song which helped them remember the President’s name in order. I added a link to them performing the song last April. https://youtu.be/D098yaUL-SA

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