What is America? Not a parade of military might, or fences, or any of the other things that allow us to forget who we are and where we came from. But the lucky children in Jennie’s class know the answer. And we’re lucky too, because she’s sharing it with us.

Happy Birthday America!

A Teacher's Reflections

This is a repost,
one of my favorite songs and books, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Happy Birthday, America.

Bringing our National Anthem to Life

Few books have the power to move young students and make a difference; this one does. Whenever I sing our National Anthem with children, I pull out my well-loved and very worn book, The Star-Spangled Banner by Peter Spier.  Every page is a full color illustration of the words to the song.

img_1944This book makes my heart race!  Every single time I read or sing the book,  children are drawn in.  There is wonder, and there are more questions, and inevitably a crowd of children begin pushing in to see and hear, and to learn.

This is what I wrote to families on one such occasion. “It happened like this…”

“I want to tell you about early morning in the Big Room today.  It was one of…

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