Preschool Years at Home

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Flag Day

on June 14, 2012

Baby Bear gave us all a scare yesterday, going down for an early nap and refusing to wake up for the rest of the day. At the urging of an on-call nurse, I ended up taking her into the ER about 10 p.m. last night. Much poking and prodding resulted in no real answers, but assurance that she appeared to be healthy aside from the mysterious sleepiness.

Shw finally woke up about 8:30 this morning and hit the ground running. Little Bear did likewise. Mommy Bear, who’d gotten to bed about 3 a.m., wasn’t quite so bright-eyed and alert. In fact, June 14th — Flag Day — didn’t even register on my radar until I started to dress the girls.

“There’s no red, white, or blue in these outfits,” Little Bear said indignantly.

“What?” I asked, still suffering from brain fog.

“We have to wear red, white, and blue for Flag Day,” Little Bear insisted.

We’d been counting down to Flag Day and learning about the flag all week, but on the day itself, Mommy almost forgot! One quick wardrobe adjustment and a couple of workbox switch-outs later, we were ready to celebrate:

  • We began the day by adding June 14th to our calendar and counting out the date in red, white, and blue Duplos. Little Bear then used the blocks to create an ABC pattern.
  • We reviewed the Pledge of Allegiance and took time to count the stripes and stars on our flag.
  • We looked at a timeline of U.S. flags and saw how the number of stars increased as states were added to the Union.
  • We re-read the flag-themed books we’d read earlier in the week:

Beyond that, our only academic task of the day was a math lesson, which involved writing the numeral 4. Little Bear formed the numeral with MagnaTiles, traced it on her Magna-Doodle, and fashioned it with Wikki Stix with no difficulty. But when it came time to reproduce it on paper, tears ensued. In our house, tears are a sure sign that it’s time to take a break. We finished the task at hand, then put all school-related materials away for the day.

The girls spent the afternoon playing indoors and out. We finished reading The Bobbsey Twins’ Mystery at School. Then, we ended the day with some pool time. Tomorrow, we regroup and move forward.

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