As we watch the winners celebrate and take their places on the podium, I thought it would be a good time to introduce the boys to learning our National Anthem.
So, we had an Olympic morning...
During their reading time this morning we read a book or two about the National Anthem and practiced learning the last part of it by memory (Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet waaaaaaa-ve..... etc. BTW, did anyone see Serena Williams' singles medal ceremony when the star-spangled banner did wave and flew away off the post holding it? That was funny.)
We also talked about why the athletes put their hand on their heart - to show their love and respect for their country. So, we practiced singing it with our hand on our heart (or wherever J thought his heart was...)
Then we commenced the events!
And a medal ceremony!
...where we practiced our National Anthem
Here are the books I got out of the library to use for helping the boys learn the Star-Spangled Banner - they're both great!
The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Patricia Pingry
This is a great mini-history lesson on where our National Anthem came from.
This one is a classic and has the verses throughout with wonderful illustrations.
Have fun! Enjoy the Olympics and teach those kiddos their national anthem!