This year has been so filled with uncertainties and unknowns. Perhaps, there has never been a time to renew a sense of patriotism and unity within our homes. Though we're technically on summer vacation, I decided to tie together some resources for a week long “Independence Day Unit Study.”
We began with an important video to understand the background of the Declaration of Independence, and then watched a moving five minute video of what happened to many of the signers of the Declaration. I got quite teary at the end after getting a glimpse of the cost of freedom.
Next, we worked towards memorizing my favorite part of the preamble from The Declaration of Independence.
I made two worksheets to help familiarize my kids with the preamble. One was suitable for practicing writing the words, while one was for younger learners and involved coloring the words.
We followed our learning with some great books:
Old Glory walks through important stages of American History, while focusing on the importance of the American flag.
Wonders of the USA is a fun "shine-a-light-book" where kids can use a flashlight to see hidden pictures on the pages.
Red, White, and Blue is an easy read book about the creation of the American Flag.
The Story of George Washington is another easy read book chapter book that tells the story of George Washington's life.
The Children's book of America is a treasury of beautiful stories!
This week, I selected "I hear America Singing," by Walt Whitman.
"The Bravery of Abigail Adams,"
and the Story of "The Star Spangled Banner"
Finally, we concluded by sewing some patriotic clothes to wear for July 4th!
I'm sure some yummy baking and grilling will also be in order!
How has your family celebrated the 4th of July? Any fun book recommendations?
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