Celebrating Independence Day

4th of July Homeschool Fun

The 4th of July is approaching and many of us will be teaching our children about the history of America.  In case you are a new blog reader, I wanted to remind you of a  few resources I have on my site and others I have used in the past to explore this time of year with my own kids!

4th of July Calendar Connections CardsIndependence Day Calendar Connections

 

Let’s Explore Independence Day eBook {goes with CC cards shown above, $1 in Teacher’s Notebook Shop}Independence Day eBook Cover

 

Independence Day Printables4th of july printables

 

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Red, White, & Blue Tot SchoolIMG_7919_thumb[1]

 

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Please leave links to your 4th of July printables or blog posts in the comment section to share with others!

{this post randomly re-published itself!  It was a post from this date last year and showed up today without me planning it!  I was going to pull it, but there are already comments on it, so I don’t want anyone to not be able to find it if it is new to them.  I have no clue why it republished itself!}
Recently God gave me another crazy idea that I was able to put together in a few hours!!!  I was brainstorming our current calendar and thinking of making some cute themed calendar numbers when it occurred to me they could be SO much more than just cute.  I could teach my kiddos 1 simple {but important} fact each day based around a certain theme.  I decided on an Independence Day/America theme for July and got to work brainstorming 31 symbols and facts.  I will admit the last few were a stretch but I finally got 31!
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I am horrible at remembering historical facts and I do not want my kids to be like me so I hope to use this method to teach facts in an easy and simple way.  Obviously these can be used over each year and many facts will also be eventually taught in their school lessons.  I thought this would be a great way to introduce and reinforce at the same time {for Mommy too}.  Even Ladybug will begin to soak up concepts simply by sitting with us.
This first set was created with PacMan in mind, knowing that for Krash and Ladybug-anything they soak up is just a bonus.  I have big dreams of bringing this whole idea to a bigger level and am working with a friend behind the scenes on the idea!  I hope to have more to share with you soon!
Below you can see what the cards themselves look like, on the left are the cards you would use for the numbers on your calendar and on the right are the concept cards that go with each card.  I made them to fit my particular pocket chart calendar but you could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up.  You could also use a standard pocket chart.  They seem like they would fit in this calendar on Amazon but I am not certain.
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I put mine in our calendar to show you how they look, and I plan to share more about how it goes with my kiddos when we begin.  I have several ideas of games to play and fun ways to make it more than just calendar numbers too!IMG_7277

I printed my numbers on cardstock and laminated them before cutting them apart.  I have the concept cards whole right now, but I think I will cut them.  I am still deciding what will work best.  I will share what we end up deciding!

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Independence Day Learning Fun!

We have never focused much on a 4th of July/Independence Day theme in school, but this year we are! Here is my collection of resources so far…

Independence Day Printables

4th of july printables{I whipped these up last night for my kiddos}.

Independence Day Lapbook from Homeschooling in Heels

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Simple Schooling Why We Celebrate the 4th of July

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4th of July from 2 Teaching Mommies

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4th of July Sensory Bin

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Independence Day Calendar Connections Cards

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We might do a few fun crafts, but I am not so crafty, so we will see about that! I did pin a few I liked and thought I could manage on my Independence Day Pinterest Board!

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4th of July Sensory Bin

In honor the upcoming holiday, I made the kids a 4th of July Sensory Bin

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The kids won’t see it until the week of the 4th but I went ahead and made a few bins this week while the boys are still out of town! I actually got a few bins prepared and will share those soon too!

Target made it easy for me, as I got many of the extras there! I also dyed rice red and blue for the base underneath …IMG_7228

My favorite part is the fireworks straws {from Target}…IMG_7235

The sides of the bin have gel clings {which the kids adore}, and inside I put spiky balls, red/blue beads {Target}, and glittery pom poms {Target}…IMG_7238

A bit of info on where I got some of the stuff

  • Spikey Balls: mine were from Walmart awhile back, but I saw them online here.
  • Glittery Pom Poms, bead necklaces: Target-in the birthday section
  • Buckets: $1 section at Target
  • Fireworks Straws: Target-on an end cap with 4th of July stuff.
  • Gel Clings: I have NO clue-my mom got these for us awhile back and sent them up in a box-Michaels would be my guess?

I may add more red and blue stuff, but I wanted this to be simple. I have red, white and blue spoons, cups and bowls ready to put out with the tub also.

Here’s a few more 4th of July Sensory Bins I found online…


If you haven’t read the Montessori Minute post about sensory play, be sure to read that to see why these bins are so wonderful for kids!

Use this button to jump to all of my Sensory Bin posts anytime. Sensory-Bins622

4th of July Calendar Connections Cards

Recently God gave me another crazy idea that I was able to put together in a few hours!!! I was brainstorming our current calendar and thinking of making some cute themed calendar numbers when it occurred to me they could be SO much more than just cute. I could teach my kiddos 1 simple {but important} fact each day based around a certain theme. I decided on an Independence Day/America theme for July and got to work brainstorming 31 symbols and facts. I will admit the last few were a stretch but I finally got 31!
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I am horrible at remembering historical facts and I do not want my kids to be like me so I hope to use this method to teach facts in an easy and simple way. Obviously these can be used over each year and many facts will also be eventually taught in their school lessons. I thought this would be a great way to introduce and reinforce at the same time {for Mommy too}. Even Ladybug will begin to soak up concepts simply by sitting with us.
This first set was created with PacMan in mind, knowing that for Krash and Ladybug-anything they soak up is just a bonus. I have big dreams of bringing this whole idea to a bigger level and am working with a friend behind the scenes on the idea! I hope to have more to share with you soon!
Below you can see what the cards themselves look like, on the left are the cards you would use for the numbers on your calendar and on the right are the concept cards that go with each card. I made them to fit my particular pocket chart calendar but you could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up. You could also use a standard pocket chart. They seem like they would fit in this calendar on Amazon but I am not certain.
Slide1 Slide2Slide3 Slide4
Slide5 Slide6
Slide7 Slide8
Slide9 Slide11 Slide10

I put mine in our calendar to show you how they look, and I plan to share more about how it goes with my kiddos when we begin. I have several ideas of games to play and fun ways to make it more than just calendar numbers too!IMG_7277

I printed my numbers on cardstock and laminated them before cutting them apart. I have the concept cards whole right now, but I think I will cut them. I am still deciding what will work best. I will share what we end up deciding!