Your young history buff has just been given the part of a president in a school play. Imagine this. Your audience gathers. "Hail to the Chief" begins to play and he makes his grand entrance in a boy's President costume. He has been transformed from a child to The President. Costumes suggest that you can become what you imagine. It is said any man can become President. A presidential costume makes this a reality. Your child is empowered by the idea that he could be the leader of this great country. He will learn that heroes are not just fantasy figures whose powers are exaggerated by popular culture. Real people can be heroes too.
This presidential costume invites personal connection. History and civics come alive as you and your son talk about the responsibility and accomplishments of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Kennedy, or Clinton. Your son will learn that Presidents have faced challenges and made difficult decisions. Sometimes they have failed, but they never gave up. These stories can motivate our sons.
As a result of the Presidential role-playing, current events can become more interesting and accessible topics of family conversation. How have times changed? What were the concerns that were headlines in this former President’s day?