Let me backtrack a few days before President's Day. Greg and I were talking at home about the books I would be reading to my kids, and he mentioned how the famous picture of George Washington commanding the boat across the Potomac River is not accurate. He told me in reality George Washington was riding under a blanket (They were crossing during a nor'easter!) This makes much more sense than Emanuel Leutze's 1851 portrayal of Washington, standing erect, guiding the troops in the middle of the night, right?! Why in the world would the commander in chief make himself vulnerable during such a monumental moment? I don't know about you, but I never thought about this before! (It's times like this that make it handy to be married to a social studies teacher!)
I came home a little worried that maybe I crushed their idealistic views of George Washington, and when I shared my conversation with Greg, he was able to find me a fantastic excerpt from a book about young GW and how brave he really was. This excerpt, from the book The Many Faces of George Washington, by Carla Kilough McClafferty, explained how young George volunteered to traveled from Williamsburg, VA to the Ohio River Valley (Western PA) to deliver a letter to French troops, and also bring a response back to Williamsburg.
I hope this bit of information finds its way to your kiddos! Even in first grade, my kids loved learning something new and different about George Washington! I also wanted to share that we are taking part in the Teachers Are Heroes TPT Sale on February 25! Our The Class Couple TPT store will be 20% off, and you can use the Promo Code "HEROES" to save 28%!