For the history, the WHY, and more reading material, check out a post from last year on this festive Holiday most Americans (Mexican or not) tend to recognize. Click here: Cinco de Mayo.
I see the term on invitations to parties, graduation invites, and sales all around. So, this year because of the business, we celebrated simple in my house.
We learned about the Mexican flag.
Then we compared it to the American flag. We talked about why there are flags, what we do when we say the Pledge, and the colors. Because my child is four, we took the time to make patterns like the Mexican flag with beads. And then of course, we read a new book I found at a Scholastic fair.
It was fun to hide clues around the house for Diva E. She was quick with the answers and was able to share some "gold". I made large shamrocks and wrote clues that rhymed. The clues would take her to the next room to try and find that leprechaun. As we reached the last clue, I had her look all around while I pulled out the gold and placed it back at the beginning. It was short, easy, quick and fun. I did the set up the night before while she was sleeping.
We may not be Irish, but it is fun to recognize the folklore of other cultures.
If you can name all of these guys below, you are amazing. I still get hung up.
Today, buildings are closed.
My child asked why? Isn't there only one President? I would be silly to not explain to her the history of it all. Only then, did she look confused.
I luckily had these two books on hand.
That is as far as we have gotten today.
For the older kids, there are so many other books that would be better for their reading level. These two are my particular favorites:
If anything, challenge yourself and your kids. Take that picture from the top of all the Presidents, add our current President Obama, copy it twice and play the matching game. Add their names for a challenge. Good luck and have a wonderful day off!!
Moment in history:
Last year, the living Presidents got together for this great picture. Isn't it great to live in a country where our leadership can get along and the torch passes peacefully?
This time of year is very long for parents, at least for me. Every day I get the question, when is Halloween? In schools they talk about Fall and Halloween for quite a while.
A favorite book to read:
To help with sequencing and comprehension skills, you can:
enlarge items from the book, color them, lamenate them (for durability), and have your child put them in order of how they arrived in the story.
We read the book then I had her put them in order from what she remembered. After that, we checked the book to see what she got correct.
Once they were all in order, we made the noises of the two shoes going "clomp, clomp" and the other noises as well.
It was a fun activity and one we can revisit again and again. After a while, I am going to see if she can draw the items in order and create her own scarecrow.