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Volume 9, Issue 13
August 29, 2011
Welcome back to Education World's Early Childhood Education Newletter. We look forward to bringing you great ideas and resources that will enrich both you and your students!
Give each child a small American flag to use as the group learns this rhyme.
Let’s lift our flags,
Way up high. (Children lift flags up high.)
And say “Hooray” (Children say, “Hooray” and wave flags back and forth.)
As those flags fly.
The red, white, blue
That we see, (Children point to red, white, and blue on flag.)
Re-minds us all,
That we are free. (Children say “free in unison.”)
Let’s give our thanks (Children say “thank you” in unison.)
To this great land
Am-er-i-ca (Children say “America” in unison.)
How strong you stand!!
YEA!!!! (Everyone cheers!)
A SPECIAL DAY
Have a special day to celebrate our country. Invite children to wear colors of red, white, and/or blue on your special day. Invite each child to show the class the special color /stars or stripes he/she is wearing. If possible, let each child say aloud what is special about our country.
Give each child a piece of white 8 ½ by 11-inch drawing paper.
Ask each child to press the palm of one hand into blue tempera paint and to press that palm onto the upper left-hand corner of the paper. Draw lines across children’s flags and let children press red fingerprints along the rows. Let dry and display.
“…AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE!”
Celebrate our country’s rich traditions by serving this “patriotic” snack. Crush graham crackers in a zip-lock bag. Pour a layer of the crumbs into paper cups. Next add a layer of apple pie filling and top with whipped cream. Yum!
IT’S A MAP!
Provide children with a precut shape of the United States from red, white, or blue paper. Give children a star sticker and help them mark the location of Washington, D.C. explaining that it is our country’s capital city. Show children the location of your state and city (approximate) and let them mark that with a circle sticker. Invite students to trace their fingers around our country’s shape. Finally let students print U.S.A on their maps and decorate them with sequins or glitter.
Here are some words you will need.
See them, say them … hey, you can read!!
flag country stripes
Write the words on a chart and review them. Read each sentence aloud. Try each word in each sentence. Let children tell you which word fits.
- My _________________is the USA! (country)
- Our _______________is red, white, and blue (flag)
- I am wearing red and white ______________. (stripes)
Check out the following Web sites for additional background and activities.
Help children learn about symbols for our country. Print out this cube, laminate, and assemble one for each child. Discuss meanings of symbols.
US Patriotic Activities and Crafts
Lots to choose from here!
Music and Songs
Use these any time of the year to celebrate our country in song!
The American Bald Eagle
Want to teach about this important symbol? Lots of facts here. Plus scroll down for links to bald eagle printables.
Print out, cut, and follow directions for a fun game.
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