Include a study/survey of games of the Revolutionary War period,such as tag, hopscotch, marbles, horseshoes, and bean bags. Have the children dress upand reenact battle scenes.
A number of patriotic pieces have been composed since the inception of the UnitedStates, many of which are played at parades and celebrations. Some of the most popular
include “The Star
Spangled Banner,” “Yankee Doodle,” “My Country ’Tis of Thee,” and “America the Beautiful,” to name a few.
’ s “Washington Crossing the Delaware” and
’ s “Declaration of Independence” are examples of well recognized images. Art can also be
covered with crafts and projects your child creates! Have your child stitch a small flag ormake a papier-mâché version of the Liberty Bell. There are many scenes that can beportrayed by the creation of a diorama, or perhaps your map of the colonies could be madeout of salt dough.
Look into authors such as Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire for books written foryoung people about Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and “The Star SpangledBanner.” For older children, Charles Coffin wrote several texts about the beginning of
ournation. Visit your library and ask for assistance in locating the best resources for yourstudents as you study Independence Day and events during the Revolutionary War.
If you are in need of penmanship practice, use the words of the Founding Fathersfor copy practice. For creative writing, have your child journal as if he or she was therewhen the Liberty Bell was rung for the first time, or ask your student to journal as a Patriotor Tory during the war. How did the news of a Declaration of Independence affect him orher?
Several numbers are associated with the American flag. Have the child research theflags
from the first, with thirteen stars, to the flag we use today. What did each flagrepresent? What about the number of stripes?Now you can see how your topic can be approached through a study of various subjects.Our study of Independence Day focused on a United States holiday, but you might want tochoose a topic or holiday that encompasses many cultures, such as Thanksgiving Day,which is celebrated in many countries around the world. If you are interested in finding out
what holidays other countries celebrate, do a search on the Internet and you’ll find all kinds
of lists and the history behind them.Although we share many ho
lidays with other countries, it’s amazing how our ways of celebrating can vary widely. Let’s take a look at some ways to learn about Christmas:
History, Geography, and Bible:
This is the perfect time to share the story of the birth of Jesus from the Gos
pels. For Christians, Jesus’ birth is our focus at this time of year, but this
is not necessarily true around the world. Throughout the centuries, pagan traditions havebecome common practice during the Christmas holiday. How did this situation come about?Research with your child several of the traditions, such as the yule log, mistletoe, orTannenbaum. Even the history behind Santa Claus is different in various cultures! Keep anotebook with sections that designate different countries and their practices.
Science, Health, and Physical Education:
Have you ever seen a snowflake up close? Usethis time to research the nature of snowflakes, and make one yourself! If you are in snowterritory, plan a snowball war, make a snow angel or snowman, and collect snow for making