- America A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney.
- The Flag We Love by Pam Munoz Ryan.
- Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson.
- Story of the Statue of Liberty by Betsy Maestro.
- Freedom's Gifts: A Juneteenth Story by Valerie Wilson Wesley.
- God Bless America by Irving Berlin.
- My America: Poetry Atlas of U.S. by Lee Bennett Hopkins.
- The Star-Spangled Banner illustrated by Peter Spier.
- Statue of Liberty by Lucille Penner.
- This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie.
Invite children attending preschool storytime to put their handprints on white craft paper to create a U.S. flag. See detailed directions in the "Hand Print Flag" craft in this chapter.
Let Freedom Ring
Place books, videos, and audiotapes about U.S. symbols such as the flag, Statue of Liberty, the 4th of July, around a U.S. flag on a table decorated with red, white, and blue paper or on streamers.
Display a U.S. flag and/or hang red, white, and blue streamers or banners.
As children enter the stortyime area, give them a sticker of the U.S. flag.
I'm An American
(Adapted by Leila Raven Parrish. Sing to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot".)
I'm an American, look at me. (Point to self with both hands)
Here is my flag, for all to see. (Point to flag)
When I get excited, then I sing; (Cup hands around mouth)
Let America's freedom ring!
Read "On Freedom" by James Russell Lowell from Imaginary Gardens by Charles Sullivan.
(It is believed that the song "Yankee Doodle" originated during the French and Indian War. Dr. Richard Schuckburg, a British Army surgeon, reportedly wrote the tune to ridicule the Americans in the early 1750s. Some scholars believe it is a variant of the nursery rhyme "Lucy Locket". Despite the fact it began as ridicule, the colonials took the song for their own. Countless versions and parodies evolved, many of which made fun of their officers, including George Washington. There are said to be as many as 190 verses of "Yankee Doodle".)
Yankee Doodle went to town
Ridin' on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni.
Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Yankee Doodle Dandy,
Mind the music and the step,
And with the girls be handy.
Read the book, "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger and play the accompanying CD by Barbra Streisand.
- Hat pattern
- Red and blue construction paper
- Self stick silver stars
Pre-cut the red stripes, blue paper, and the hat using the pattern. Children attach red stripes and blue paper to the white hat and then attach stars to blue paper with the help of an adult. An adult staples a 18" x 2" strip to the hat to fit each child's head.
- White craft paper
- Blue and red tempera paint
- Pie tins
In advance, precut craft paper into a large rectangle and draw a square in the upper left corner. Place blue and red tempera paint in separate pie tins. The children dip their hands in blue paint and make handprints in the upper left corner, leaving white spaces between them to create stars on the flag. They make seven lines of red handprints to create stripes on the flag. Hang the completed flag in storytime area or on bulletin board.
Invite a Scout Troop or member of the VFW, Elks Lodge or American Legion to demonstrate proper flag etiquette and flag folding.
- "Living in the Promised Land" on Sing America by Various Artists.
- "This Land is Your Land" on Sing America by Various Artists.
- This Land is Your Land. (7 minutes)
- Star-Spangled Banner. (7 minutes)
- The Story of the Statue of Liberty. (7 minutes)
- Betsy Ross Home Page
- Star Spangled Banner
- Oriental Trading Company
Imaginary Gardens by Charles Sullivan.