Three {Fun} Things to Do at Memorial Day Parades

Memorial Day…the yearly holiday that signals that summer is (nearly) here! Many of us are enjoying a three-day weekend with family and friends. Swimming, baseball games, outdoor bar-b-ques, and day trips are the activities of choice.

One of my favorite things do to on Memorial Day is to attend a town parade. Here are three ways to enjoy a Memorial Day Parade:

Be a Spectator

The easiest thing to do is to show up and watch! Many don’t realize that their towns, or even neighboring towns, organize parades. Check your town’s web-site for start time and location. They are usually on Monday morning. If the parade ends in speeches given by veterans, please stay, and be respecful. I’ve been to a few ceremonies where people continued to talk and mill about while the veterans tried to be heard over the public address system.

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March in One!

Little Leaguers, Scouts, and other local organizations are usually eligible to march in the town Memorial Day Parade. If you don’t hear from your coach or scout leader, be sure to ask if it’s something your team, troupe, or group can do. It’s great visibility and it encourages participation, not just spectating. Some of my best memories of Memorial Day are of my boys marching with their little league teams. Use it as an opportunity to discuss the meaning of the holiday and how it came about. You can find out more about the history of Memorial Day HERE.

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Take Photographs

I consider myself to be utterly amateur when it comes to photography, but I always go to parades equipped with my zoom lens camera. I’ve gotten some great shots, in fact, some of my all-time favorites have been from the Memorial Day parades and ceremonies we have attended or marched in. If they turn out great, go out on a limb and share them with your local on-line newspaper. They might just appreciate the effort and post them for others to enjoy. Here are some of my favorites from over the years:

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What are some of your favorite Memorial Day activities? Whatever you decide to do today — make it count. Life is fragile, fleeting, and precious.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

 

Angela (27 Posts)

Angela is co-founder of Mosaic Freeschool and a homeschooling mom to two never-been-to school kids. Born in Southern California and raised on the East Coast, Angela had a bit of an unconventional education, but did not consider homeschooling seriously until her first child was born. Believing that young children learn best from those that love them most, Angela and her husband John chose homeschooling for their two boys. She is dedicated to the advancement of alternative education choices, creating the web-site Raising Autodidacts in 2011 to further explore the idea of fostering the self-taught individual. In June of 2013, she started an instructional writing service called Gathering Ink .


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Resource Roundup: St. Patrick’s Day

 

 

#Homeschool Resource Roundup for St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Are you looking for some last minute ideas to use in your homeschool today and throughout the week?  From rainbow science to crafts, unit studies, and the real story of St. Patrick, you’re sure to find something here that will be fun and educational for your kiddos.  My thanks to the great homeschool bloggers who are kind enough to share these projects with us.

St. Patrick’s Day FREE printables from In All You Do.  There are math worksheets, coloring pages, writing prompts, copywork, and more here.  A real treasure trove of St. Patrick’s Day printables!

St. Patrick’s Day Quick and Easy M&M Pretzel Treats from Greatly Blessed.

Bible Science Experiment: Rainbow in a Glass from Christianity Cove.

Free & Frugal St. Patrick’s Day Homeschool Resources from Embracing Destiny.

Free St. Patrick’s Day Notebooking Pages from Cynce’s Place.

St Patrick's Day Notebooking Pages

There are some fun rainbow craft ideas at Educating Laytons, as well as a free printable St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt.

Head over to Kathy’s Cluttered Mind for St. Patrick’s Day resources and cool rainbow crafts like these:

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Crafts

Here are some books to help you in your studies of Ireland and St. Patrick:

 

Do you have any St. Patrick’s Day traditions or fun activities to share?

 

 

Sara (29 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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President’s Day {Internet} Scavenger Hunt

President's Day Scavenger Hunt

Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? Just for today, toss those history textbooks under the bed, grab some pencils and paper, fire up the laptop (or mobile device or desktop computer) and challenge your kids to find the answers to the following questions. There are some fun (and silly) little known facts along with the more serious. How about taking the challenge with them or offering a small prize (cherry pie, anyone?) to the contestant who finds the most correct answers in the shortest amount of time.

Spoiler alert: answers are provided below — be sure to obscure them before giving the questions to your history hunters!

Come back here after you’re done; let us know how you did and what other cool facts you may have discovered that you didn’t know before.

George Washington

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  • Where did George Washington live during his presidency?
  • Did George Washington introduce the mule to America?
  • What was his favorite subject in school?
  • How did President Washington view political parties?
  • How many children did George Washington have?
  • What was George Washington’s middle name?
  • In 1775, Washington was appointed commander of what army?
  • Did George Washington wear a wig?
  • What provision did George Washington make in his will for his slaves?
  • What did Martha Washington do with all the letters George sent her?
  • What branch of the US military did Washington’s presidency found?
  • Washington left money in his will for Liberty Hall Academy which later became which university?
  • In 1754, Washington led an attack that started which world war?
  • How much did Washington pay a Dr.Watson to have one of his teeth pulled?
  • How many times was George Washington wounded in battle?

Sources: Key Facts About George Washington and President’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Abraham Lincoln

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  • To which political party did Abraham Lincoln originally belong?
  • What were Lincoln’s two nicknames?
  • When Abraham Lincoln was seven years old he did something he felt really bad about. What was it?
  • Abraham Lincoln was essentially homeschooled, receiving less than a year of formal education. He cleaned his math problems off his board with what tool?
  • What plant killed Lincoln’s mother?
  • in 1830, Abraham Lincoln’s family moved from a farm in Indiana to what state?
  • Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd had four sons. One died while they were in the White House. What was his name and how old was he when he died?
  • With what politician did Lincoln engage in debates concerning the question of slavery?
  • Lincoln ran for the Senate against Stephen A. Douglas. The vote was 54 to 46 — who won?
  • Where did Lincoln store his important papers?
  • What famous speech did Lincoln make in Pennsylvania in 1863?
  • After receiving a letter from Sarah Hale, what national holiday did President Lincoln establish?
  • Where did General Robert E. Lee surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant?
  • What play was Lincoln watching when he was shot?
  • Does Abraham Lincoln have any direct descendants?

Sources: Timeline of Abraham Lincoln for Kids, Abraham Lincoln for Young Readers, Abraham Lincoln Web-quest, Lincoln Fast Facts and  President’s Day Scavenger Hunt

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Answers

{George Washington}

  • Not in the White House; in New York and then Philadelphia
  • Yes
  • Math
  • He disapproved of them, feeling they were divisive
  • None of his own; he had two step-children
  • He didn’t have one
  • The Continental Army
  • No
  • He arranged to free those slaves belonging to him upon his wife’s death
  • She burned them
  • The Navy
  • Washington & Lee University
  • The Seven Years’ War
  • 5 Shillings
  • He was never {seriously} wounded in battle

{Abraham Lincoln}

  • Whigs
  • “Honest Abe” and “Illinois Rail-Splitter”
  • He shot a turkey; he never hunted again
  • A knife
  • White Snakeroot
  • Illinois
  • “Willie” died from typhoid fever when he was 11
  • Stephen A. Douglas
  • Stephen A. Douglas
  • He tucked them into his tall black hat
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • Thanksgiving
  • Appomattox Court House in Virginia
  • Our American Cousin
  • No, in fact he only had one son live to reach adulthood and marry
Angela (27 Posts)

Angela is co-founder of Mosaic Freeschool and a homeschooling mom to two never-been-to school kids. Born in Southern California and raised on the East Coast, Angela had a bit of an unconventional education, but did not consider homeschooling seriously until her first child was born. Believing that young children learn best from those that love them most, Angela and her husband John chose homeschooling for their two boys. She is dedicated to the advancement of alternative education choices, creating the web-site Raising Autodidacts in 2011 to further explore the idea of fostering the self-taught individual. In June of 2013, she started an instructional writing service called Gathering Ink .


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