Earn the Patriotic BadgeJul 03, 2013
Fourth of July is a great day to celebrate with family, go to a parade, have a cookout and see fireworks, but it can also be a great opportunity to ensure your child knows what it means to be patriotic and understands the ideals the country was founded on. Here are some book suggestions and activities you can use to help your child earn the badge. Most of the books may be found in local libraries.
Learn the Pledge of Allegiance
If your child has not yet learned the Pledge of Allegiance in school, this is a great opportunity to do so. To ease the sometimes overwhelming task of memorizing, there is a wonderful book, The Pledge of Allegiance.
This book walks through the Pledge with photos and explanations to make each phrase more memorable. It also provides some interesting facts about the Pledge and the photos used.
Learn the story behind the 4th of July
The 4th of July Story is a well written and illustrated book to teach your children there is more to Independence Day than fireworks and picnics. Here you’ll learn about the Story of Freedom, the Writing of the Declaration, and how the news was spread to all thirteen colonies.
Learn about the American flag
Your children can no doubt recognize the flag, and at some level understand it’s importance, but do they really understand what it symbolizes and can they separate fact from myth as to its origin? The book, The Flag We Love offers “vivid illustrations and inspiring text” to teach the history behind this symbol of America’s ideals.
Read stories, poems and songs about our nation’s history
What does it mean to be an American? Where did America come from? What makes America great? The Children’s Book of America provides beautiful illustrations and an introduction to the virtues that shape American history. There are tales of national heroes, stories of adventure and ingenuity, and songs and poems of American life, that will help you and your children celebrate our nation’s history and spirit.
Read an illustrated primer about America
For an overview of the history and principles of America’s founding, there is perhaps no better book than America: A Patriotic Primer. This A to Z of America will tell the story of twenty-six people and ideas from America’s past, accompanied with illustrations.
Learn the National Anthem
Perhaps your children are more musically inclined, or simply enjoy singing. Learning the words to the National Anthem will help deepen their understanding and appreciation for what the country stands for. While they listen to the anthem below, they can follow along with the lyrics here.