Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sir John A. Macdonald

January 11th, 1815 was the birthday of Sir John Alexander Macdonald, our country's very first Prime Minister and the father of Confederation. Serena & I, with Maple Leaf flag tattoos on our face, put on our CANADA shirts and went to celebrate with our homeschool friends at SDHL.

Each kid came with 3 facts about Sir John A. Macdonald - Serena did hers using popplet. We started with a patriotic singing of our national anthem, then there're map puzzles, trivia challenge, skits, and songs about Prime Minister Macdonald. The kids pulled all their information together and created a timeline for his life. Naturally, we couldn't have had a birthday celebration without an actual birthday cake. Sir John A. Macdonald would've had fun and signed off on this 197th birthday party!

p.s. Did you know that he was homeschooled before he went into law?

Related Reading & Resources:
Remarkable Canadians: Sir John A. Macdonald by Rebecca Szulhan
Library & Archives Canada
Macdonald & Laurier Days
Scottish Canadian Politicians
The Greatest Canadian series by CBC Television
Prime Ministers of Canada: Sing and Learn Canadian History by Sara Jordan


  1. I love your popplet Serena, and how you shared your learning on Sir John A!! Well done! Blessings Mrs D

  2. Great history Lesson.We loved it
    Nanny & Papa