Friday, January 20th is Inauguration Day in the United States of America. No matter whom you voted for or how you feel about our incoming President-elect and his proposed cabinet, this historic day is an important one. It should be discussed in our homes and during our homeschool day.
After all, don’t we want to raise socially and politically conscious children? We want them to become active participants in the community. We want them to vote, stay current on political issues and petition when necessary. Studying Inauguration Day is a great way to build an understanding of our political system. It endorses our homeschooler’s role in the political and legal systems of our great nation. Here are a few fun homeschool lessons and studies for Inauguration Day 2017.
History of Inauguration Day
Inauguration Day only comes once every four years, so it’s always been a big deal. This day has changed so much over time. Dig into the history of Inauguration Day, including who attends, speakers, and how it has been celebrated over the years. Choose 10 favorite facts or changes and create a timeline of interesting Inauguration Day events throughout our history.
Each time a new President is elected, there is a period of transition. During this transition, the President-elect meets with the incumbent President, chooses his cabinet, begins developing relationships with foreign leaders, and learns more about the role. Perhaps the most important part of this transition is the selection, appointment and approval of a new cabinet. Study the many important events and realities of this transition, especially cabinet appointments and the approval process. Have your homeschoolers appoint a cabinet. Question why they chose each nominee. Approve or reject each selection.
Sure, Inauguration Day is a big deal, but that doesn’t mean it always goes well! Focus on researching the Inauguration Days that didn’t go without a hitch, such as William Henry Harrison’s inauguration. Create a family list of “Top 10 Weird Inauguration Day Moments and Events.”
Seal of Approval
Visual learners may find it hard to get excited about Inauguration Day lessons that lack visual appeal. Engage them with a study of the Presidential seal. Research who created it and what each element means. Then, create a family or individual seal of your own that represents the heart and soul of your family values.
Constitution and Conviction
Understanding civic roles, responsibilities and rights has declined in recent years because we simply aren’t teaching enough civics! Read through this lesson on the Constitution and the Inauguration of the President. Have your older learners study and memorize the roles and responsibilities of the President as defined by our Constitution.
On Friday, Donald J. Trump will be sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States. This is a historic day. Make the most of your homeschooling Inauguration Day lesson plans. Use our tips and ideas to help your learners gain a better understanding of the role of the President.
Prepare the next generation of voters to elect future Presidents who uphold the Constitution and the values we hold dear.
How will you celebrate Inauguration Day? Tell us in a comment below!