Because it’s July 4th, we’ve been reading and learning a lot about America in my house. There are so absolutely FABULOUS books out there on the subject for kids (which I’ll include in a list at the end.) We read about different symbols of America like the bald eagle, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and the American Flag and how they stand for freedom, hope, and independence. We learned about George Washington and then we had made some fun stuff. Mostly Diego and I made most of the projects, but the whole gang got in on at least one of them.
Here’s Diego’s George Washington..
Seriously, now cute is that?! We had so much fun making GW, that we also made a bald eagle, which is quite possibly Diego’s favorite symbol of America.
I love his expression–proud, excited, and trying not to smile. That kid cracks me up. Next up we made the American flag. This was a project for the whole gang. After they cut out the stripes (but not Justus, I’m not sure I’ll ever trust that boy with scissors,) we glued and glued the stripes to our paper. 13 stripes for 13 old states (or colonies) as Diego would say.
Yes, I let Justus have the glue stick. Yes, he’s trying out the glue on his finger. Yes, I lost my mind. Which will be more evident in the next step: painting our “stars” using a q-tip.
The boys worked so hard on their flags! The big boys got theirs in rows (following a guide I had done for them) and Justus sort of just free-handed it. They definitely had a blast and were so proud of their artwork.
We also watched the “America Rocks” series of songs by Schoolhouse Rock, which happens to be a big time favorite of mine (yes, I know the words by heart!) And we also watched the “First Fourth of July” episode on a series called, “Liberty’s Kids,” another great source to reinforce what we’d learned. It was so much fun to see Diego recognize George Washington as one of the characters. And we did simple things too, like listened to Whitney Houston belt out “The Star Spangled Banner” (to which Diego said, “Hey, they play that at ball games!”) and versions of “America the Beautiful” and “My Country Tis of Thee.”
And for the first time, I’m planning on taking Diego to see fireworks (after all, you can’t watch School House Rock’s “Fireworks” and then not go see some!) Plus a few more fun activities like fireworks painting and making red white and blue choc covered strawberries.
Have some fun of your own this 4th of July. Happy 4th of July!
Awesome Books and DVD’s About America (with links to Amazon)
A Picture Book of George Washington by David A. Adler, John Wallner, Alexandra Wallner
George Washington and the General’s Dog (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3) by Frank Murphy and Richard Walz (a favorite!)
The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Betsy Maestro, Giulio Maestro
The Bald Eagle (American Symbols) by Norman Pearl, Matthew Skeens
The Liberty Bell (American Symbols) by Mary Firestone, Matthew Skeens
America Is… by Louise Borden, Stacey Schuett
Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag by Sarah L. Thomson
Liberty’s Kids – The Complete Series ~ Walter Cronkite
Schoolhouse Rock- 30th Anniversary by Schoolhouse Rock (DVD)