Monday, my Dad came out and hung with B. They went to Target, out to lunch, watched America's Funniest Videos and worked on American History. B had been stuck on his President in a Bag of James Monroe and my Dad is a huge American History fan, so I thought they could inspire each other. Since his retirement, my Dad always asks for historical non-fiction books each birthday and Christmas about US presidents, wars, battles, generals, etc. He's quite well-read.
B shared with his Poppop what he knew about Monroe and my Dad was pleasantly surprised that B knew some things he did not. Then my Dad shared some things he knew about Monroe of which B was unaware. B showed his Poppop the US Presidents binder he keeps that includes elements from this fabulous lap book I found on homeschoolshare.com, as well as his President in a Bag assignments. The two of them came up with seven things about President Monroe, however B only wanted to show five for his assignment. For the first time, he arranged all the items and took the picture.
Here are the five items B and his Poppop came up with to represent the life of our fifth president, James Monroe:
#1: A Suitcase. After his presidency and the death of his wife, Elizabeth, Monroe moved to New York to live with his daughter, Maria.
#2: A Map of Florida: The Florida territory was obtained from Spain during Monroe's presidency.
#3: A Pen. In 1820, Monroe signed the Missouri Compromise, admitting Maine into the union as a free state to balance Missouri's new admittance as a slave one.
#4: A Tricorne. Monroe was the last of the revolutionaries, the last of the Founding Fathers, and his nickname was "The Last of the Hats".
#5: Sparklers (the closest thing we had to fireworks): Monroe was the 3rd president to die on the Fourth of July. He died on the 55th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the 50th anniversary.
Read about our other Presidents in a Bag, as well as where we got this idea, in these posts: