I have a new favorite president. No wonder this guy is on Mount Rushmore! I can’t remember ever studying Theodore Roosevelt in school. Where was I? Did we just skip all the interesting things in history? Surely we did because I was a “good” student. If it was taught, surely I heard it. But I only remember a few times in all my years of school when history was interesting, and it was never American history.
We read a very simple book —Time For Kids: Theodore Roosevelt: The Adventurous President — from our Winter Promise American Story 2 curriculum. I love how it was full of photos and quotes.
In fact,the quotations inspired me to make the copywork pages that are a part of my notebooking set. I love it when Sprite’s handwriting can be meaningful and tie into what we’re studying.
Of course, I’ve included his famous quote, “Walk softly and carry a big stick.” Historically, at least, that is very important. But listen to this one:
The lack of power to take joy in outdoor nature is as real a misfortune as the lack of power to take joy in books.
Isn’t that beautiful and true? This one resonates with me because it values 2 things I revel in — books and nature. Most everyone admits that reading needs no defense, but in our nature deficient culture, many people need to be reminded of the value of time spent outdoors.
And two quotes about working hard (something I feel very strongly about instilling in Sprite):
When you play, play hard. When you work, don’t play at all.
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
That last one reminded me of King Solomon in Ecclesiastes, so we pulled out the Bible and compared.
I hope that you find them helpful when you study Roosevelt or need some cursive copywork.