Each week I write a famous quote on the white board along with a picture and a little information about the person who said it. I wish I had thought about starting this at the beginning of the year, but I didn't and only started it about 6-8 weeks ago. It is a great jumping off point to learn about so many different people and events from history.
So far we have had quotes from Ronald Reagan, Helen Keller, Robert Louis Stevenson, Vincent Van Gogh, Eleanor Roosevelt, Benjamin Franklin, Booker T. Washington, and more. In the beginning I was doing one a day Monday - Wednesday, but felt that was a little overwhelming. Now I introduce the girls to one a week. This way they have time to mull over the quote and information that I give them about the author of said quote.
I wish I could say that I came up with this idea on my own, but as usual I implemented it after reading this from one of my favorite online bloggers Teachable Moments. I couldn't find the exact link for you. She does something very similar only her girls are a little older the mine and they write out some information about the person in their notebooks as well.
Today I got all my old scrapbook supplies and let the girls go to town making their own beautiful creation out of the notebook of quotes they have collected so far. I think I will keep the notebooks until August when they return and continue on with it throughout the next year. It is always a great icebreaker each morning as they come in before starting into the day's work.