Saturday, January 17, 2009
While Tuesday, the 20th, is report writing day for teachers, it is also Inauguration Day. Staying inside to watch the parades and the swearing in is just as good or better than any history lesson they might get at school! Here are some ideas on “what to do to make history right from your living room” from the website parentdish.com:
Celebrate: For the love of Pete, don't bore the kids to death with facts and lectures. Inauguration Day is a celebration of democracy, and it should be festive. You don't have to bake red, white and blue cupcakes, says Linda Ellerbee, but don't serve broccoli and spinach for lunch. And please, don't DVR it. Let them watch it live. Let them cheer. Let them applaud.
Community: Invite some friends over and watch it together. After all, we are all part of one big American community, so why not watch it with your neighbors and their kids, gathered around your "video campfire?" Ellerbee suggests treating the event like the Fourth of July. It is, after all, just as significant.
Race: This Inauguration Day is particularly important, Ellerbee adds, because for the first time, Americans elected an African-American leader. The historic import of Obama's impending presidency will be examined during a Nick News special, "Black and White Together: We Shall Not Be Moved," airing February 8, as part of Nickelodeon's Black History Month celebration. The network will also be airing news and information about Inauguration Day on January 20.
What are some special things YOU are going to do on Tuesday? Leave a comment if you would like to share with others!