The 4th of July will soon here and for many of us that means BBQ's in the backyard, family and friends celebrating with great food and fireworks. Although this is a wonderful day to celebrate how do we teach our children what we are actually celebrating?
July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. This is the birthday of the United States of America. We fly the flag and celebrate in recognition of our freedoms. Understanding how lucky we are to live in a land of freedom is not an easy task to teach a child. So begin the conversation by reading a good children's book to your child. If we do not begin the conversation, share the news, announce our pride in our country, who will?
The 4th of July Story
By Alice Dalgliesh
The Story of America's Birthday
By Patricia Pingry
These are just two of many books celebrating our history and perfect for young readers. While you're at it, how about teaching your kids the words to the Star Spangled Banner if your school has not done so already. And if your children are not singing this tune at least once a week at their school, find out why. It is only by sharing these important traditions that our children will understand what living in the United States of America actually means….freedom.
Happy 4th Of July to you all!