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This is Our Land! Jennie and her students show us how to Celebrate America in style… 💞 Bette A. Stevens https://www.4writersandreaders.com

A Teacher's Reflections

The Fourth of July – America’s declaration of independence.  I teach children about the American flag, and patriotism.  It’s important.  Best of all, children often lead the way.  Their interests are the springboard for the best learning.

The Fourth of July is far more than the Boston Pops concert, fireworks, and a barbeque.  It’s remembering our freedom, and how we got there.

Here is a post on what happened at school.  It is celebrating America.  This is the real start to teaching children about the Fourth of July.


And to my surprise, the children have driven the making of yet another quilt.

Over the past ten years, my preschool class has designed quilts.  Each one materialized because of something the children were passionate about.  When they couldn’t get enough of a song or an idea, I knew I had to give them more.  Together we designed quilts.  The process…

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Comments on: "The Real Start of Teaching the Fourth of July" (31)

  1. So much to learn from children, keep impacting the next generation

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  2. Thank you for sharing, Bette!

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  3. This entry reminds me how differently I reacted to Citizenship teachings as a student. In Elem. school I embraced the powerful “hands on” approach to learning as shown by the quilt example you gave. In contrast, throughout middle and high school, Civics became a monotonous recital of facts from the textbook or perhaps not taught at all.

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    • As an ESL/SDAI teacher in Middle School, beautiful picture books like THIS LAND IS OUR LAND was perfect for interdisiciplinary learning and my students in grades 6,7.8 loved the music. My fourth and fifth graders too! ❤ Thanks for sharing, Jim!

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  4. Beautiful, Bette!❤️

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  5. A lovely post to share Bette. Thank you.

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  6. This is what I want my grandchildren to be taught!

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    • I’m with you all the way, Noelle! ❤ Just ordered a copy for my Great Grand Girl in New Mexico. She'll get it on the 14th and we can FaceTime and read/sing together! God Bless America!

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  7. She is exactly who I want teaching my grandkids. I love visiting her classroom.

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  8. Thanks for sharing, Bette.

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  9. This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing, Bette.

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  10. Thank you, Bette! 🇺🇸

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  11. Thank you for sharing!!… “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” (Kahlil Gibran ) and no doubt you are one of those teachers!… 🙂

    Have a Happy, and safe, 4th of July and until we meet again..
    May the love that you give
    Always return to you,
    That family and friends are many
    And always remain true,
    May your mind only know peace
    No suffering or strife,
    May your spirit only know love and happiness
    On your journey through life.
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

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  12. Jennie is a gem, isn’t she?!!

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  13. A great post to share, Bette. Happy Fourth to you and yours.

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  14. Thanks for sharing, Bette. I’m heading over for the celebration. 🙂

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  15. Wonderful teachers are out there teaching our children our history. It’s a good thing. Well done.

    Have a fabulous Independence Day, Bette. ♥

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