I believe a child truly learns in the absence of text books. Discoveries are made when we allow our children to get their tiny hands dirty; To make something truly memorable we, as their learning facilitators must bring the topics to life, & make it real for our little ones.
This is my approach with most anything we discover in our homeschool. We could do a craft, but I find guided crafts wasteful: of time, imagination, creativity and resources. I’m pretty sure that my child not gaining anything of value from an art project with a pre-determined outcome.
With that said, on Flag Day, which is celebrated annually on June 14th, there will be no crafts for my little student. Instead my preschooler and I will hang the American flag 🇺🇸 from our porch, and conversationally discuss what flag day is while including some of the activities listed below.
I hope you will too!
12 Flag Day Facts For Preschoolers
- Flag day is a special day when we honor the American flag.
- Flag day is every year on June 14th!
- When the flag gets so old that it can no longer be repaired or used, it must be destroyed in a dignified matter, such as burning.
- There are 50 stars on the American flag. The 50 stars represent each of the 50 states in our country — U.S.A.
- There are 13 stripes on the American Flag, the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that became the first states in the Union.
- After a tragedy (something really sad happens) like September 11th, 2001, or a death of someone really important, the flag is flown at half-staff for 30 days to show that our entire nation is really sad. It’s called ‘half staff’ on land, and ‘half mast’ on a ship.
- There are six American flags on the moon, five of them are still standing!
- The American flag was officially created in the state of Pennsylvania.
- The American Flag is so special that when it’s flown at night it must be illuminated.
- The flag should be flown during school days in or near every school building.
- The American flag has three nick-names: Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and the Star-Spangled Banner.
- The American Flag is Red, White & Blue. Red symbolizes valor, bravery, and zeal. White symbolizes innocence and purity. Blue symbolizes perseverance, justice, devotion and vigilance.
Flag Day Activities For your Homeschooler
- Count the stars
- Count how many points are on the stars.
- Count the stripes. How many are red, white?
- Mention how each star represents a state. Which state does he/she live? Can you find it on the map?
- Where is there a flag in your community?
- Who was Betsy Ross?
- Have your child paint or draw the flag the way they see it.
- Mix colors! What colors can you make by mixing red, white and blue?
- What makes the Flag “fly”?
- What is wind
- Find the month of June on the calendar. Find June 14th
- Phonics! Sound out the word “Flag”
- Pick a library book about the American flag
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Listen to the national anthem!
Lastly, if you don’t have an American flag purchase one together, find a special place and let it fly!
These are only a few suggestions, there is so much you can do to share Flag Day with your child. Let me know any other ideas you come up with in the comments!
Happy Flag Day!
The Vain Mommy