Anna is very excited about upcoming Independence Day. Our street celebrates it by a kid-oriented block party that has a lot of good food, bouncing structures, contests for kids and fireworks in the end. Last year she was deathly afraid of fireworks, but this year she is cautiously curious and is looking forward to the event. To learn more about Independence Day we read The Story of America’s Birthday by Patricia Pingry – she has a collection of board books like this on different topics, and we read the one about Easter before. I thought that the book was written well enough for a preschooler set, but Anna didn’t like the fact that the Americans made English king angry and then there was a war. Interestingly, flag books suddenly were back in favor since she learned all the words and could read them independently, and she made a lot of comments about American flags. Now she lobbies hard to put one on the house, since we support America, and the flag in my room is too small.
Considering her interest in American symbols, I thought that making a 4th of July winsock would be a good idea. I saw one last year on Our Homeschool Fun. Well, all I can say is that our project didn’t go well at all, mostly due to my poor planning and Anna’s total lack of interest. I wanted to use ribbons instead of tissue paper, and found out rather quickly that I have very thick white ribbons and very thin red ribbons. Then Anna decorated winsock body with stickers all the time wondering how she is going to put this winsock on her foot even though I showed her a completed project first and dumped half a tube of glitter glue on it and around it before I could yell (yeah, I yelled) Stop!!! I had to stop the project at that point to let an unfortunate winsock dry and to do emergency cleanup. I know that it would be good to go back and complete this project, since I am trying to teach Anna that we complete what we started, but so far I’ve been lacking motivation to do so. I wonder if you ever leave guided projects incomplete?
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