Ahhh here in the United States it’s almost Independence Day.

No – I’m not talking about the movie by Will Smith where aliens attack the White House and completely demolish Washington DC as well as other major cities in the US…

No, now would be a great time to get out to a living history museum.  Being based in one of the original thirteen colonies we are blessed with many wonderful museums and places to teach our young ones about Colonial America, and the time and events that led up to the founding of our nation.

If you don’t have access to something like that – or even if you do, now is a great time to make a trek to the library and read up on the following people in history:

  • George Washington
  • James Armistead Lafayette
  • John Adams
  • John Burgoyne
  • John Hancock
  • King George III
  • Martha Washington
  • Nathan Hale
  • Paul Revere
  • Samuel Adams

…just to name a few of the amazing individuals who helped form our country.

Whatever you cover doesn’t need to be greatly in depth… your five to six year old won’t understand the atrocities of war, and won’t understand just what the level of oppression was, nor the taxation without representation – and what the heck that actually meant… those intricacies will be lost on your young one, and likely for the best at this point.  It is however a great time to teach the history of the era and why we celebrate with fireworks and parades.

Reaching for Independence Day

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