Tag Archives: “God Bless America”

Singing the Books; From Francis Scott Key, to Irving Berlin, to Woody Guthrie

When I was in fifth grade my teacher, Miss Pinson, taught us songs. I remember her white blouse and black hair, and how she held her arms up in the air when she directed a song. She made us feel … Continue reading

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Singing “God Bless America”

Children love to sing.  Over the years in my classroom a favorite song always emerges; “God Bless America”.  The tune is nice and the words are simple for children to sing.  I bring all types of music into my classroom.  … Continue reading

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Teaching Patriotism to Young Children

Today was “Red, White, and Blue Day”.  The day before Veterans’ Day is a perfect time to teach patriotism.  How do you teach patriotism to young children?  The best place to start is with singing.  We sang “God Bless America”.  … Continue reading

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Teaching Patriotism and Singing, Part II

Singing and music are powerful and universal.  Is there a part of “The Star Spangled Banner” that gives you a lump in your throat?  When I sing, “…gave proof through the night”, that does it for me.  We all hold … Continue reading

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Teaching Patriotism

It all started with our field trip to the Shriners Circus years ago.  This circus is a perfect event for preschoolers as it’s grand but not overwhelming.  My class was seated and ready.  The circus began with lowering a big … Continue reading

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Quilting Art With Children: Milly Part II

This is the story of children, a quilter, and how they connected ideas to create art that hangs in national museums.  The first story (prior post) depicts the evolution of the Peace Quilt, and this story is the next chapter.  … Continue reading

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The Things Children Say

Children’s comments and questions range from curious to humorous.  Young children are unbridled, and anything involved with learning and exploring has a question; that’s why the things they say are quite wonderful.  As I sorted through oodles of paperwork this … Continue reading

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Music and Singing; The Little Things Become the Big Things, Especially With Patriotic Songs.

It all started with Jackson.  He’s a music lover in the classroom, and remembers what he hears.  Songs that are meaningful to him are not forgotten and often requested for us to sing.  Yesterday was the culmination of a slow … Continue reading

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Welcome to Jennie’s Blog.

I am excited to share with all of you my insights into teaching young children.    There are so many good things that I have written about, from reading aloud to music, art, ‘traveling’ across the world, eating in our Chinese … Continue reading

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