As we head into a long weekend for Presidents Day, we thought a sensory story time picture book celebrating Abraham Lincoln would be a great fit. Brad Meltzer’s “I am Abraham Lincoln” had everything we were looking for. First, this is a fantastic book to introduce biographies to little ones. Second, the message we can learn from Abraham Lincoln is very important. Finally, the style of illustrations catches a young child’s eye.
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” Abraham Lincoln
This is a great lesson we can teach our kids. Utilize this book in a multisensory way to share that message with your kids. Embedded within the book is the importance of reading and continual learning. Abraham Lincoln is a great American hero to open up a discussion about equality, character, and standing up for what is right.
Courage to Connect CLE believes that if multiple sensory systems are engaged in an activity, better learning will occur. We thought we would find our favorite books and create a multisensory set of activities that can be drawn upon in the future. We want to grow leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Abraham Lincoln is a great example to learn from.
This post is filled with multisensory learning activities that can be done in a variety of environments. They can be done at home, in a classroom, or at a daycare. We made sure all sensory systems were put to use as we navigate through the book. Hope you enjoy!
Title: I am Abraham Lincoln
Author: Brad Meltzer
Theme: Presidents Day/Heroes
As you begin the Sensory Story Time, engage your child’s visual system by taking a picture walk through the book. Explore the cover and all the pictures (without reading the words). Can your child predict what the story might be about by looking at the pictures?
While taking the picture walk, can you find the way that Abraham liked to read? He mentions it in the story. What is your child’s favorite way to read a book? Engaging the vestibular and proprioceptive systems can be a way for your child to enjoy reading even more as well as help them stay attentive.
Right at the beginning of the story, Abraham shares how much he likes to read. Does your child like to read in the grass outside? Or a bean bag chair? Finding the right place can keep your tactile system involved while reading.
In the story, the turtles were getting hot. Ask your child what may be hot in the house that they have to be careful about. What does it feel like when they touch it? Can you use your olfactory system (smell) when something is hot or burning? How do you know?
Abraham really liked to use chalk when writing his letters. Could you use shaving cream (for Abraham’s beard of course) to practice writing letters? You could pretend to carve out letters like Abraham too. This will help your child’s tactile system.
Abraham’s father was working on the farm in the corn. Could you cook corn and discuss how it smells (olfactory), tastes (oral sensory) or how it feels when you shuck it?
Do you have a rocking horse to pretend to be Abraham? This will work on balance for your vestibular system and crashing with your proprioceptive system.
As the story continues, Abraham has to use his voice to stand up for what he believes in. Can you role play with your child different scenarios that may happen? Examples include when someone may take something from them, someone pushes them, or when your child sees someone else who is being treated wrongly. All of these are great examples to teach behaviors and choices we hope our children will choose to use.
Finally, can you use playdoh/clay and building blocks of Legos to make a replica of the Lincoln Memorial?
A great wrap up sensory activity to do after reading the book would be to listen to parts of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. Engage the auditory system to extend learning.
Have a great weekend!