Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Election Day

Today we choose our president and the legislators who will govern us for the next two or four years. It's exciting and I loved being able to line up with fellow Americans to exercise this right. Earlier we shared some resources for explaining the election to your students. You can find those here.

Of course, every eye is on the outcome of the presidential election and I've come to realize that it isn't just every American eye. Living overseas has allowed me to see how our votes affect those around the world. When I was abroad in 2008 Europeans were very much tuned in to the election and it was fascinating to discuss their opinions about American government, elections, and presidents.

Today I thought it would be fun to share some resources on the presidency. The video below does a great job of explaining the history of the presidential residence, the White House.

Whitehouse.gov has a great introduction on each of the presidents and their wives.
The interactive tour of the White House is also very interesting. Did you know they have their own flower shop?

And, since we're book people, we thought we'd list some of our favorite biographies on our very first president:

George Washington by Ingri and Edgar d'Aulaire

George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster

And if you want to get to know President Washington in his own words, you have to check out this book. It's a treasure and provides a window into Washington's thought process as well as the time in which he lived. 

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