Guest Author - Alissa Moy
The Fourth of July is a festive holiday where learning about America is fun and exciting! Here are some ideas for honoring this patriotic holiday with your homeschooler:
1. Create a red, white and blue collage. This is a craft that is very casual, but lots of fun. Gather all of the red, white and blue crafty items in your home. Think about scraps of material, old magazine pictures (your kids can find and cut these out), beads, straws, stickers, wrapping paper pieces and cotton balls. Be sure to use heavy cardboard at the base of the collage to allow for glue and craft items. Perhaps your homeschooler would like to make a collage of The Statue of Liberty in America's colors. The sky is the limit with these fun and creative collages, so encourage your child's imagination!
Add glitter in the patriotic colors to create a sparkle, too.
2. Make a Fourth of July cake with your homeschooler. Using a plain vanilla sheet cake as a base, cover the top with vanilla frosting or Cool Whip. Use fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries to create the flag design on top of the cake. Many children love doing this part of the recipe! If you choose a whip topping, be sure to refrigerate the leftovers.
3. Listen to patriotic music, and sing along, too. "Your a Grand Old Flag" was a favorite of mine as a child. Check out the patriotic song cd's below, or visit your library to check some out. I tunes and other downloadable music sites also carry these time honored and festive songs.
4. Read about the Fourth of July with your homeschooler. Here is a list of great books for all age children, as well as great read-alouds:
The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh
Apple Pie Fourth of July by Janet S. Wong
Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! by Leslie Kimmelman and Nancy Cote
4th Of July Quiz Game Book: Independence Day Super Challenge (Holiday Quiz Books: Facts And Fun For Kids Of All Ages)
What Is the 4th of July? (I Like Holidays!)by Elaine Landau
The Case of the July 4th Jinx (Milo and Jazz Mysteries)by Lewis B. Montgomery
Enjoy the Fourth of July with family fun, fireworks and fabulous food!
Here are the sparkling resources mentioned above: