Montessori emphasizes cultural studies as a way for young children to learn about the similarities and differences of people all over the world.
July 4th is the American Independence Day, and a great reason to learn a bit more about the USA! Whether you live in the States or across the globe, try one of these three ways to learn more as a family:
Learn a Traditional Kid’s Song from the USA
Buffalo Gals: Pete Seeger sings + a nice banjo accompaniment:
“Buffalo Gals, won’t you come out tonight,
Come out tonight, come out tonight.
Buffalo Gals, won’t you come out tonight
And dance by the light of the moon.”
Camptown Races: A string band plays the classic by Stephen Foster:
“The Camptown ladies sing this song,
The Camptown racetrack’s five miles long
Oh, de doo-da day
Goin’ to run all night
Goin’ to run all day
I bet my money on a bob-tailed nag
Somebody bet on the gray.”
This Land is Your Land: Woody Guthrie sings and plays guitar:
“This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me.”
Read a Book to Explore the US from Anywhere in the World:
- Beginner’s United States Atlas by National Geographic Kids: “Rich, colorful photographs and detailed maps are appropriate for younger readers.” – School Library Connection
- John, Paul, George and Ben by Lane Smith: The founding fathers of the United States weren’t always grown ups! Follow the tale of 4 boys who would grow up to shape a country.
- A is for Abigail by Lynne Cheney: Recommended for children age 6-12, this book details women’s accomplishments throughout American history. Lots of information!
Learn the Geography of all 50 States:
- Intro to United States by Montessorium: An app from our mother company, Montessorium, that teaches children the 50 states. It’s a great tool to pack along on a summer road trip or to assist with cultural studies at home! Download for free through July 4th.
- USA Floor Puzzle: For a more physical experience, try a floor puzzle like this one from Melissa and Doug. Children can work with state shapes and locations in a tangible way! Speak together about which states you have visited or would like to visit.
How do you implement cultural studies at home? We’d love to hear from you in Guidepost Parent Chat!
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