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FREE George Washington Mini-Unit

President’s Day is coming up! Do you need something to do with your kids to help them learn more about George Washington? Here’s a one day mini-unit about our first President, complete with things to watch, read, print, and learn, and do.

FREE George Washington Mini Unit - Printables, Video, Reader's Theater, and More

The following are external links; please let me know if links become broken so I can correct or replace them!

1) Watch this biography of George Washington.

2) Print and complete this simple reading comprehension worksheet. There are two other skill levels available: mid-elementary age, and upper elementary/middle school age.

George Washington Reading Comprehension Worksheet

3) Click through this illustrated timeline of George Washington’s life.

Illustrated Timeline of George Washington's Life

4) Print and color this picture of George Washington (via USA-printables)

George Washington Coloring Page

5) Have (or help) children act out this interview of President Washington. (Requires a free Teachers pay Teachers account to download.) You could use props and improvise costumes – you may even want to make a tricorn hat for the President. This would make an excellent little something to video for the grandparents.

Interview with George Washington

6) Use construction paper, cotton balls, and glue to make George Washington! (No instructions, picture only.)

George Washington Cotton Ball Craft

7) Optional, but recommended: make cherry pie! I like this recipe. (It works just as well with frozen cherries as long as they’re thawed.)

Cherry Pie Recipe

This unit is intended for elementary aged learners. I hope your children enjoy it!

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Educational YouTube Channels for Children

The boys and I have started a YouTube channel filled with educational material. We called it FreeSchool – the unofficial name of our little homeschool for the past five years or so.


So far we have famous artists, classical music, and videos about animals and nature. Basically,we make videos about whatever the boys or I find interesting. All of it is clean and safe, and I very much hope you will check it out.

So, to celebrate, here are ten more educational Youtube channels for children!

10 Educational Youtube Channels for Children

Here we go!

Animals and Nature

Houston Zoo's Youtube Channel

As you might expect, this channel focuses on the animals of the Houston Zoo. There is a wide variety on diverse animal topics!

BBC Earth's YouTube Channel

Most of the videos on BBC Earth are nature documentaries. There are also dinosaurs! CAUTION: if you have sensitive children, keep an eye on which videos they select from the channel. Some of these videos deal with life and death.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

This channel is perfect for bird lovers. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has absolutely gobs of footage of many kinds of birds.


Sick Science YouTube Channel

Great, engaging science experiments, many doable by children, many with household objects.

Minute Earth
Minute Earth has short, animated videos about the earth and how it works. Most videos are very kid-safe, but there are ones that deal with sickness, death, and sex, so use your judgement.


Social Studies

Mr. Roger's Neighborhood YouTube Channel

Full episodes of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood – because we all need to be good neighbors.

Various Topics


Socratica has videos on a variety of topics: chemistry, science, art, grammar – even brief profiles of the 50 states. They also have a sister channel, Socratica Kids, that addresses basic arithmetic, phonics, and children’s stories.

Crash Course YouTube Channel

History, psychology, literature, chemistry, biology and more in a fast paced, live/animated format. Probably best for adolescents or teens. CAUTION: some videos handle themes or topics like sex and violence and death. (That’s history and literature, for you.) Be aware of what your children are watching.

Great Museums Television

From the National Zoo to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there is so much quality content on this channel. We can’t all travel to these museums around the world, so why not take in some of the collections via YouTube?


I hope you enjoy these channels, and once again I’d like to invite you to check out FreeSchool. So long till next time!

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Conference Weekend!

I love all the great talks we have heard so far at conference! When I heard this quote I instantly knew what I wanted to do with it, and here it is for you. Click on the picture for a nice large version.

Resenting the law of gravity won't keep a person from falling if he steps off  a cliff! Elder D. Todd Christofferson

(Original photo credit: lavishlylush / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA)

I hope you enjoy the rest of conference! I can’t wait!

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