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.