Week 4: USA

It is week 4 and Martin has picked the United States of America, our home country.

When I asked him why he picked our home he replied “I picked it because I know how to say the whole thing”. You can’t argue with that logic!

Today we painted the American Flag. Our flag like so many countries consists of 3 colors- red, white and blue.

Red represents hardiness and valor, white stands for purity and innocence, finally blue represents vigilance and justice.

There are 13 stripes that represent the 13 original colonies. I also read once that the stripes themselves are designed to represent the rays of the sun- but I have no idea if that is true.

Finally, the 50 stars represent the 50 states in the United States.

Fun fact: did you know that the modern design of the flag was created in 1960 by a high school student, Robert G. Heft, as part of an assignment- he sewed the complete flag himself and it took more than 12 hours!

Martin and I painted the American flag and we did pretty well, though it didn’t take us 12 hours. When we finished we had 50 stars but only 11 stripes… I miscounted so we’re missing two *face palm*

Ah well…

The stars were a pain to peel off but I let him place them where ever he wanted and that helped keep his attention. Once again, Martin loved peeling the tape- sometimes simple consistent activities are best 🙂

Martin and I read a great picture book called “How to Bake an American Pie” by Karma Wilson.

If you didn’t know, America is referred to as the Great Melting Pot because of all the nations represented in our country. It is one of the things that makes America wonderful, all the different types of people who call it home. This book introduces diversity in a unique and accessible way with some fun pictures!

So, Martin and I discussed diversity. A big concept for a little boy but still an important one. We talked about how we may look different and come from different parts of the world but we are all the same on the inside. We are Christians so I added one more point: No matter what you look like, everyone is loved by God because He made and loves us ALL.

Even though I know most of this is over his head, I’m going to continue this conversation until he is old enough to understand. So when that day comes it’s an “of course” moment verses a “wait what?” moment. Small conversations now can make a big difference when they’re older.

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