Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Activity Idea: Patriotism Around the World

Front CoverWorld Holidays: A Watts Guide for Children (Watts Reference)

On Merrium Webster's online dictionary, patriotism is defined as "love for or devotion to one's country".  One great activity to do with children ANY time of year is to teach them about patriotism, what it means, how Americans express their patriotism AND how people from other parts of the world express patriotism in their own countries.

One great way to study this topic with your kids is to look at Independence Day celebrations both here in the states and around the world.  

The book on the top right, "World Holidays", can be checked out at Mcminnville Public Library and offers great summaries about some of these patriotic gatherings.  Canada, Mexico, the Philippine Islands, Poland, Turkey, and Bangladesh are just some of the countries who have their own "Independence Day" celebrations.

The other book is just one example of many that look at America's patriotism.  The book is not shelved at Mcminnville Library but can be ordered there from another library in the same system.

Once you have learned about a country's Independence Day, have your children find that country on a globe or atlas! 

"American Patriotism":

"World Holidays - A Watts Guide for Children":

link to Wikipedia's list of national Independence Days around the world

Monday, January 28, 2013

Liberty's Kids - "Gem" of a cartoon

For those parents who feel completely at a loss for how to teach their children about American history because they can't remember any of it themselves, here is a cartoon series that will make your job much easier.

The link below takes you to, where you can read some of the many 5-star reviews of this well-loved show.   The voices of the characters were done by celebrities like Walter Cronkite, Whoopi Goldberg, and Billy Crystal to name just a few.

Here is a You Tube preview from one of the episodes, titled:  "First Fourth of July":