Teacher Tip


Thomas Jefferson

Lived:  April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826

Served:  1801-1809



But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.



Delay is preferable to error.

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.


Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.

I cannot live without books.


It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.

Interesting Facts

Jefferson often welcomed people at the White house in slippers and a robe.  


Thomas Jefferson, an intellect, knew several languages.


A public figure, but a very private man, burned letters from his wife and himself after she died.


Jefferson lived and died in debt due to weak money management skills.


President Jefferson is responsible for the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806.

 Teacher Tips

  • Invite guests to teach the class basic words in different languages.


  • Have a casual day and allow the children to wear their robe over their clothes and bring their slippers in a backpack to wear inside the classroom.  (Scour used clothing shops to purchase robes for children who do not have one.  Engage a parent volunteer for this job.


  • Teach money management skills, no matter how young.  The 80/20 principal is 10% give, 10% save, and live on 80%.   


  • Social Studies:  Use the Lewis and Clark adventure as a lead in to a unit on explorers.















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