Your older students might find it interesting to read about the presidents serving before George Washington. Go to this website to read a short excerpt from George Grant's book The Patriot's Handbook.
The Internet Public Library is a Mega-everything site with many links about the presidents.

I really enjoyed this site. Easy to navigate, nice photos and biographical info. If you only have time for one, go here. I especially liked the photos and information on his sons.
A nice, simple timeline with a few photos. Includes links to important events in Lincoln's life as well as links to primary source documents of his speeches, proclamations, personal letters, etc. Junior high and up.
For a quick and easy overview of Abe Lincoln. Elementary.
A short biography of Abraham Lincoln, using some of his own words.

Here you'll find Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation: a Book of Etiquette, as transcribed by sixteen-year-old George Washington around 1744 and much more.
A short biography of George Washington, using some of his own words.
Beautiful site with color photographs throughout. Family.
Here's the site to use if you want to take a quick virtual field trip to Mt. Rushmore.

*This article first published February 4, 2002.

Maggie Hogan is a motivational speaker and co-author of The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide, Gifted Children at Home, and other resource books. She and her husband Bob have been home schooling their boys since 1991. Involved in local, state, and national home-schooling issues, they both serve on boards of home education organizations in Delaware. They are also owners of Bright Ideas Press (, a home-school company dedicated to bringing the best practical, fun, and affordable materials to the home-school market.

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