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With Fourth of July just around the corner, I thought it’d be fun to share with you some of our all-time favorite patriotic resources. I’m also sharing a FREE printable for my yummy Patriotic Cake Pops!
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Here are our family’s favorite patriotic resources and why:
|The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh – We first discovered this little gem as part of our 2nd grade My Father’s World curriculum, Adventures in U.S. History. This 32-page classic storybook tells the story of America’s fight for freedom, by recounting major highlights through historical facts and historical fiction intertwined with quotes from famous men of the era. It is broken down into the following easy to read “chapters”, with words from the Liberty Bell tying it all together:
|Liberty’s Kids – The Complete Series (DVD) – Liberty’s Kids has been around since 2002 and enjoyed by all 3 of my boys throughout our homeschool journey. Essentially, Liberty’s Kids is animated historical fiction staged during the time of the American Revolution, from the point of view of some precocious and brave children. One of the many things I love about this series is that my boys actually ask to watch this. Isn’t it awesome when fun and learning combine?|
|American Pioneers and Patriots by Caroline D. Emerson – This storybook also came with our our 2nd grade My Father’s World curriculum, Adventures in U.S. History. Don’t be fooled by its “textbook” appearance … the twins absolutely love this book! This 165-page book is broken down into 12 units containing 36 chapters. The historical fiction stories cover American history, from the earliest pioneers to the transcontinental railroad. I love how each story is factually based, but told from the perspective of a child who might have lived during each experience. For example, in unit 6 “The First President”, you experience the inauguration of our nation’s first president, George Washington, as seen from the perspective of a boy named Nathan. As each chapter ends, my boys always ask for more!|
|Wee Sing America (audio CD) – We found this fun CD several years ago when my oldest was studying US History. This CD is a treasure trove of patriotic songs and songs from American history. Between the wonderful songs and great quotes from our history’s heroes, there are 52 tracks to enjoy. Not only do you get the CD, but a nice booklet containing all of the verses (and basic note structure) and quotes found on the CD. The first half is entitled “A Proud Nation” and contains such patriotic songs as The Star Spangled Banner, The Stars and Stripes Forever, America the Beautiful, and many, many more. Intertwined between the songs are quotes from such patriots as John F. Kennedy, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and other fearless leaders. The second half of the CD is entitled “A Growing Nation” and has such classic and quaint songs as I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, Blow the Man Down and Erie Canal. Wee Sing America wonderfully preserves the musical history of our great nation to be enjoyed by both young and old!|
|Red, White, and Blue – The Story of the American Flag by John Herman – This is another book we discovered with our 2nd grade My Father’s World curriculum, Adventures in U.S. History. This 48-page book is actually an early reader (Level 3 Penguin Young Readers), so you can either use it as a read aloud or your young “reader” can read it on their own. As the name implies, it tells the story of how our nation’s flag came to be. But it doesn’t just stop with the creation of our first flag. You’ll hear how our flag inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner, what happened to the flag during the Civil War, how we celebrate our flag and how it ultimately became the flag we see today.|
FREEbie – Patriotic Cake Pops
If you know us at all, you know we love to include fun food in everything we do. Cake pops are a yummy treat and so versatile to adapt to various themes and holidays. Today I’m sharing with you a FREE printable for my delicious Patriotic Cake Pops! We took these to a 4th of July get together with friends last year and they were a huge hit. Make sure to download your FREE printable Patriotic Cake Pops recipe today. Enjoy!