Preschool Years at Home

Laughing, Loving, and Learning Together

America’s Birthday

on July 4, 2012

We paused today, for the second time this week, to celebrate a birthday — this time, America’s birthday.

We kicked off the day with the following read-alouds:

We located both America and England on our globe. We talked about the freedom and opportunities that drove the early settlers to leave the security of the Old World for the hope of the New World. We pretended to be Pilgrims, making the arduous voyage across the rough Atlantic. We also talked about liberty — and the great price the colonists paid to secure the blessings of liberty for themselves and their offspring.

We counted the stripes and the stars on our American flag.

We sang and danced to kid-friendly patriotic selections from Wee Sing America. I also introduced Little Bear to the Schoolhouse Rock classics “No More Kings” and “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” although she was less impressed with these than I had hoped.

Little Bear drew a red and blue picture.

We hit the pool along with several of the neighbor kids for some late afternoon fun and sunshine.

Then, we headed to a community-wide celebration for fun, food, and fireworks:

Bouncing …

Climbing …

Sliding …

And lots of smiles …

By 8:30 p.m., the girls were exhausted. So instead of staying ’til the end, we headed home for baths and bedtime snacks, then simply walked outside a couple of minutes before the fireworks were scheduled to start and watched the show from the sidewalk in front of our apartment. We might not have had front row seats, but the girls still got to enjoy a dazzling display of celebratory color, and we got to put them to bed within minutes of the grand finale (unlike last year, when we stayed until the end of the celebration and spent a good half hour just waiting our turn to exit the parking lot …).

Happy Birthday, America! We love you.


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