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Teaching Our Children What Independence Day Means

My children are really looking forward to the 4th of July and today one of them asked me a question that really surprised me. They asked why we celebrated the 4th.

My children are really looking forward to the 4th of July and today one of them asked me a question that really surprised me. They asked why we celebrated the 4th. I was surprised because I assumed that they knew. I must have some point in their short life certainly discussed the importance of the day with them. If not me, didn’t they learn about it at school?

Wow, I am so ashamed at myself. We talked about the importance of Memorial Day this past May; it wasn’t just about barbeques and cookouts. Now I have the important task of teaching them about the importance of the 4th of July, Independence Day. With that question posed to me, I realized the wonderful teaching moment that I was handed on a silver platter.

So made a trip to one of our favorite summer hangouts, The Haverford Free Library and looked at many books on the topic. We also surfed the internet and did some research at home. We will tie up this wonderful learning experience with a patriotic craft or two and of course, a barbeque at a friend’s house.

Keeping in our mind that it is not just about the fireworks and barbeques, it is about celebrating our freedom, the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and remembering what an honor it is to be an American.

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Lynn Collins July 04, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Walk in my shoes for about 200 years people before you try to tell me how I should feel about the 'freedom' of the nation. If you feel bummed imagine how WE feel! Enjoy YOUR holiday. : )
Julie Carosella July 04, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Hello everyone: I do agree with you to some degree Lynn, those are important topics and parts of history that do need to be "taught" at some point, but the question my six year old posed was about this one day. It was one lesson that I felt was important to teach. One lesson at time, I think. Especially at six years old. Then when the time is right, we could go into the intricate details of everything else. I am truly not saying one is more important than the other. They are both important and both need to be taught. Today though, we are keeping things light. We are going to enjoy being American, enjoy our freedom, and just enjoy being together with our family and friends.
John Whiney July 04, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Lynn, bless you it's an accomplishment to have lived 200 years!
Douglas Martindale July 05, 2012 at 01:35 PM
It really is, plus she apparently walked the entire time. That likely helped with her longevity. Lynn, I'm sorry you have to put up with such a horrible country. Perhaps a move is in order?!?!
Lynn Collins July 05, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I'm glad that I don't have to move because I never expressed hatred for the country or any of it's ignorant citizens however justified it would be to do so. I'm not sure what schools some of you attended however when you are apparently unable to differentiate literal vs figurative language, however I digress...to the author, I don't think you mentioned the tender young age of your son. Obviously, all things in due time. Hope that all of you had an enjoyable 4th of July...I did.

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