Celebrating the 4th of July with Children: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

June 25, 2012

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY:  All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

Why we love this book:

At first glance the images in this book bring back the nostalgia of Virginia Lee Burton’s books. As a child one of the few books we owned was The Little House. My mother read it to me over and over again. To this day, it is still one of my favorites. All the World holds the same sweetness as The Little House. The scenes of every day life and shared experiences make you happy to be part of a family . . . a community . . . a country . . .  our world.

While this book is about “All the World” it feels like a little slice of Americana. A perfect read aloud as you celebrate the founding of the United States this July 4th with family, friends, your community and your country. Happy 4th of July!

Celebrating the 4th of July with Children

FREE printable book: America is Red, White and Blue


Step 1: Brainstorm Red, White and Blue Colors

  • Introduce America, the United States of America and why we celebrate the 4th of July
  • We brainstormed a list of red, white and blue items to add to our “America” books

Step 2: Write and Illustrate Book

  • The children used our list of words to help them write and illustrate their books.
  • I simply write the words for young children as they dictate page by page.

The Pledge of Allegiance and Illustrating the American Flag

FREE printable Flag from ColoringCastle.com

The American Flag, MacGyver, age 8

The American Flag, Miss Enigma, age 5

Print this FREE: The Pledge of Allegiance of The United States of America

Big George: How a Shy Boy Became President Washington by Anne F. Rockwell is a powerful introduction to George Washington and the founding of the United States of America. We have checked this book out a number of times and the children absolutely love learning about our first president. Additionally, Matt Phelan’s illustrations are nothing less than thrilling. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Mom, teacher and kid tested! How often do you find a History book that children actually request?!

Life with Jeannine

We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of  All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Let’s celebrate the 4th of July by finishing one of these sentences: America is red _________. America is blue __________.  -or- America is white __________.  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, July 5, 2012

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, July 6, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

Sharing this week at:

ABC and 123 Learning

Hip Homeschool Moms

Mama Smiles

Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns



{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Dayna June 26, 2012 at 5:36 am

Let’s celebrate the 4th of July by finishing one of these sentences: America is blue skies.

Ellie June 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Would it be okay for me to mix the red and the blue to get purple? Then that would lead me to one of my favorite lines in the hymn “America the Beautiful”!

America is “purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain”!

Of course, America is also blue seas and lakes, the red blood of so many good people who have died to defend our liberty and freedoms, and the white light of inspiration to those seeking democracy around the world.

Thanks for another inspirational post about how to teach our children about the great nation they live in.

Mary A. June 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm

America is blue ocean waves.

Stasia July 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm

America is white snow capped mountains. America is watching beautiful red sunsets over the blue ocean.

My boys had so much fun filling in the blank, America is….
They started thinking up different fill in the blank topics.

lisa July 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm

America is blue-tiful. :)

maryanne @ mama smiles July 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm

I love Ellie’s answer!

The book sounds lovely, but you don’t need to enter me in the giveaway as we just recently won one here :)

I really like your activity – great way to get kids thinking about their country!

Thanks for sharing with Learning Laboratory at mama smiles =)

Jeannine July 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

I love how creative our readers are and how you always think outside of the box. That is what we hope for children. That they will have the freedom to grow, learn and express themselves in their own unique ways! There are never “rules” here at waddlee-ah-chaa!

Gidget July 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm

America is the red clay of Georgia. America is the bluebonnets of Texas. America is the white sands of the New Mexico. America is a beautiful melting pot – not only of people but also of landscape – that I dearly love.

Happy Independence Day!!

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