The Young and the Young at Heart by Joy Lancaster
When I was teaching kindergarten, the month of February was always the time to celebrate our wonderful country, the United States of America. Children at that age are just becoming aware of the differences between their city, state, and country. If I asked my students what country they lived in, most of them would say, “Florida.” It was always fun finding ways to awaken a feeling of patriotism in their young minds. We learned about George Washington and made a paper plate face with a cotton ball wig. The face of Abraham Lincoln was graced with a black beard made by tracing their hands onto black paper.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens...
that there is a time for new friendships.
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It is never too early to begin teaching our little ones to have a love and pride for our great country. Maybe your grandkids have watched animated films about the people who stand behind the founding of our country. Check with your local library for more of these DVDs and also for the beautiful picture books that are available. Let’s be sure our grandchildren experience all that makes our community unique among so many other great places to live here in the USA. Since we are blessed with beautiful weather most of the year, why not take advantage of the many outdoor activities along the Gulf Coast? For starters, we have a movie star right here in Clearwater—Winter the dolphin! The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is another great place for little ones to see our community at work. The Looper Trolley in downtown St Petersburg is fun just for the ride, but also a great way to get a new view of our beautiful waterfront. For children who are a little older, take them to visit City Hall and let them see our city officials at work. One of the many responsibilities we, as grandparents, enjoy is to plant seeds in children’s hearts which Grandparent's Tip will grow into Children love to sing. Find a a greater awarecatchy patriotic CD, and play it in ness of their your car’s CD player. You will be community and amazed how quickly little ones can their country. learn anything that is set to music!
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