It’s Inauguration Weekend which means all things presidential if you’re a DC area resident like we are! We’ve been watching the preparations since after Christmas when bleachers started appearing on Pennsylvania Avenue (the Inaugural Parade route that President Obama will take after his Inaugural Address at the Capitol Building), reading about the different balls- both official and unofficial, and continuing to learn about the history of inauguration and about our former presidents.
We’ve been using presidential themed apps, reading content from the official inauguration website and watching the award-winning educational Disney’s The American Presidents that is anything but boring like history videos of yesteryear.
Developed with the help of a producer from The Daily Show and Colbert Report, each presidential feature includes a biography on each as well as history about the time they served in office to provide historical context. The content appeals to kids by combining facts, interviews with historians, and just enough hilarious animation to keep things interesting without taking the focus away from the educational value. And ok, I have to admit that I enjoyed my history refresher as I watched these DVDs too especially for interviews with luminaries like Mo Rocca, Bob Woodward, Paul Begala, Wesley Clark, Sam Donaldson, Melissa Harris-Perry, Robert Reich, and Jon Meacham.
Designed for grades 3-8, The American Presidents consists of 4 DVDs that can be purchased individually ($25 each from Amazon). The content is also tied to national curriculum standards and includes interactive whiteboard features for classroom use.
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I received a set of Disney’s The American Presidents from Disney Publishing and Disney Educational Products for review purposes but all opinions are my own. Amazon Affiliate links included in this post.