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Friday, February 27, 2009

Washington-Lincoln

Some moms make their kids memorize their phone number, street address, maybe scripture.... Me? I make my kids memorize the past presidents of the United States of America. (I think my kids know their phone number.... Maybe. Surely they know our address. Hmmm?) Anyway, I have a love for American history. My undergrad degree is history and political science, and I just think it's important to know certain things--our presidents being one of them. (The Preamble, Gettysburg Address, certain portions of the Declaration of Independence being a few others, but we'll work on those later.... They're just 4 and 5 years old. We've got time.)

Belle has memorized Washington through Lincoln--that's 16, and she's working on the others. Estella Dru almost has the first 16 down, and when she does, I'll put her video here, too. And for anyone who make think this weird, you should probably also know that when Belle was two, she could name almost every member of W's presidential cabinet. I know. I have some issues. Don't judge me.

But here is Belle with the first 16. If it sounds like a chant, it's because we learned them as a 'cheer,' complete with hand motions and jumps. I think it's so cute that between Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan she says, "This one's hard, Mama. I can do this." A girl after my own heart....

Can YOU name them, too?

video

9 comments:

Robyn said...

We're more interested in the periodic table over here...well, that and the first 10 digits of pi :)

Superchikk said...

That's awesome!

Clearly I'm falling down on my job as a Mom because I haven't anything for C to memorize yet. I'll have to get on that.

Nel said...

Wow, I'm impressed. To be honest, I do not think I good list them. Which I am sorry to say, I always hated history when I was a kid. Oh girl, you would of loved it, and you probably have been there, but I got a personal tour of the National Archives while in DC last summer. A friend was working there. It was so cool!

Chasing rainbows and shooting stars said...

Totally impressive...Mine's more interested in all the names of Disney princesses...Guess I need to step it up!

Ben and Kristen said...

If you love history you need to come visit us! We are 15 minutes from Yorktown beach, Williamsburg and Jamestown. Maybe you could teach me what happened there (besides that America became a country...I get that part). I really don't know my history.

Sarah Fries said...

Okay, I know this may shock you but I only knew #1 and #16! I never even heard some of those names, much less that they were presidents. I'm sorry I know I'm a disappointing sister-in-law! There are just some things that I will never be good at!

The Slaughters said...

At least you know you know basic math, Sarah! I can spell' algebra', but that's about it.

Annie said...

you are making the rest of us feel like failures, thanks! Courtney is almost two, I better teach her SOMETHING! But I'm way more with Robyn on this, she will learn math, not history!

Side note: I think the blank wall you always put them against is kinda funny, like their confession wall or something. :-)

Sherrilleta said...

TD would be very impressed. LOL.