Inviting Students to Consider the Purpose of Presidential Proclamations

In the November/December 2016 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article highlighted George Washington’s very first Presidential Proclamation, described many of the more than 7,700 other proclamations issued by the 44 presidents, and invited students to consider the purpose of such proclamations.

Primary Sources for the Primary Grades: Kindergarteners and a Presidential Inauguration

This post is by Teresa St. Angelo, the 2016-2017 Library of Congress Teacher in Residence. “The students were listening, participating, involved, and having fun,” exclaimed two kindergarten teachers. “And they were interested. I wasn’t sure how you would do that with this topic, but everyone loved it!” added a third.  Teachers also told me that […]

A Chat with the Librarian of Congress: Reading, Teaching, and Questions from Kindergartners

Earlier this month, I spoke with Dr. Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, about a wide variety of topics. As I kicked off our conversation, I was thinking about the first activity I do with my new kindergartners each fall. We engage in a show and tell of items in the students’ backpacks. This one activity gives me an awareness and understanding of the boys and girls unlike any other.