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Jul 2, 2014

Celebrate Independence Day

MaryAnn Gaver

What are your plans for July 4th? A back-yard cook-out or picnic? Fireworks? Well, whatever your family does this Independence Day, I encourage you to talk to your kids about what this holiday is really all about.   

One book I liked to read to the twins in the elementary years was a little book by R. Conrad Stein―Cornerstones of FreedomThe Declaration of Independence. Bright, colorful, and engaging―it was a great way to introduce and emphasize the significance of July 4, 1776 when Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. 

As young readers, the twins loved to hear how a few courageous patriots battled a huge empire as they discovered facts about the American Revolution. Those years set up a solid base as year by year they went to greater depths in studying American Government and our First Amendment freedoms.

This weekend's a great time to express thankfulness and support for those who serve in the military, too. It's also a great time to study our American flag and how important it is in representing the ideals of the United States. The American Flag by Patricia Ryon Quiri is another great book for early readers.

This Independence Day, I encourage all of us to renew our passion to treasure and preserve freedom in our nation. Keep teaching American history and the crucial role that our founding documents play.

Happy Independence Day! Enjoy your July 4th celebration!

love,

MaryAnn

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