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Handprint Bald Eagle for the Fourth of July

Handprint Bald Eagle for the Fourth of July

Pin It We’re gearing up for our Fourth of July celebrations and talking about the symbols surrounding Independence Day. My daughter made a patriotic handprint bald eagle to watch over the festivities. Pin It We found a great book at our local library, Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who?: The Stories Behind Some of America’s Patriotic Symbols, that explains many of the symbols we associate with our nation. The kids are enjoying the brief, illustrated, mostly age-appropriate information. … Read entire article »

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

Happy Veteran’s Day!

We got together with a friend and baked patriotic sugar cookies and made simple cards. Most of these are going to an assisted living home that has about a dozen residents who are Veterans. The children also made cards for their Daddy, who is a veteran of the conflict in Iraq. Pin It Pin It Please take a moment today to talk about patriotism and duty and sacrifice with your children in an age appropriate way–and … Read entire article »

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Government, Democracy, and Currency Activities

Government, Democracy, and Currency Activities

As a former history and social studies teacher, teaching about government should come natural to me.  However, I found it challenging to break down this complex topic to a preschool or kindergarten level.  Focusing on national symbols or a simplified version of democracy worked really well for us.  We also explored currency as part of this week.  For primary school students, looking at local government may be more comprehensible than broad questions of national politics. These … Read entire article »

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Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day

This is a difficult post for me to write.  In addition to having been sick the last week, I always have a little trouble putting into words my thoughts about Veteran’s Day.  I think others do as well, since most of the books for children either go for a purely patriotic angle or veer towards the meaning of Memorial Day. Just between us adults, I suspect sometimes it is easier to honor dead soldiers than to … Read entire article »

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An American Mosaic: Paper Flag Collage

An American Mosaic: Paper Flag Collage

Pin It Inspired by this craft on the Elmer’s Glue site, we made our own flag today.  The site says appropriate for kids 5-11 but I think it is doable for three and up–especially if you either complete it as a class or over several days. Pin It Our main modification was that the white stripes are the white paper underneath showing through, instead of their own line of paper.  We did this primarily based on the attention … Read entire article »

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