Several notable men were born in April. Take the opportunity to celebrate their significant contributions to the world. Here are some simple learning ideas.
Hans Christian Andersen (April 2)
- Select several books with stories and fairy tales by Hans Christen Anderson. Make them available to your children to peruse when they have time.
- Read aloud a few favorite stories and have your children illustrate their favorite.
Thomas Jefferson (April 13)
- Introduce students to Jefferson and Monticello. Using a book or the internet, explore the beauties of Jefferson’s home.
- Research Jefferson’s gravestone and what is engraved on there. Discuss why he wanted certain accomplishments on the stone and why others were left off.
William Shakespeare (April 23)
- Learn about plays and the theater.
- Discuss why Shakespeare is still so popular hundreds of years later.
- Show students a clip of a Shakespearean play so they can get a feel for the costumes and language.
- Watch an entire play if your children are old enough to follow along and understand the story.
- Have older students prepare a short scene from one of Shakespeare’s works and perform it for the younger students.
John James Audubon (April 26)
- Using a book with Audubon’s illustrations, discuss the importance of his accomplishments.
- Explore why Audubon was so popular in Europe and was nicknamed “the American woodsman.”
- Have students create a bird book of their own that features birds prominent in their area.
- Learn more about birds with my Birds Fun Fact Cards.
Have a wonderful month of learning!