Sunday, July 5, 2015

SRC: Every Hero Has a Story: American Heroes

Superhero Spectacular Craftacular
10:00 a.m. session geared to younger children (ages 3-6) 11:30 a.m. geared to older (age 6-10.)  (Families with multiple siblings may enroll them all in one session.)
from: “Of Thee I Sing” by Barack Obama (below)

June 30th: Real Life American Heroes -- Get an early start on the 4th of July as we celebrate our history with stories, music, and  crafts plus a parade through the library.

“All Kinds of Heroes” – We’ll hear about people who have made a difference in all kinds of fields, then celebrate the heroes we most admire. Gave more focus to the parade aspect in the younger group, learning more about heroes for the older ones.

Display: lots of picture book biographies about American Heroes.

Music as children arrive and for crafts: selections from patriotic albums such as: “Patriotic Music for All Occasions” or Sousa Marches.


(Younger group): Happy 4th of July Jenny Sweeney – Leslie Kimmelman
(Older group):  Amazing Grace – Mary Hoffman (“no limits on your dreams” – read this the day before announcement that Misty Copeland would be the first prima ballerina of color at the American Ballet Theater!)

Action (younger group only) Wave the Flag (passed out paper flags -- Tune: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” Suit actions to words, then fall down at the end.)
Wave, wave, wave the flag
As we march around.
Hold it high to show our pride
Don’t let it touch the ground!
Repeat with “jump”, “spin”, etc.


(Younger Group) Read book: My Name is not Alexander – Jennifer Fosberry, Sing: Yankee Doodle, then read  Every-day Dress Up – Selina Alko


(Older Group): Read book: Of Thee I Sing – Barack Obama
(bookttalked to the younger group)


Both groups, end with singable book:  This Land is Your Land by Pete Seeger, illustrated by Kathy Jacobson (skipped the sad verses with younger)


· Younger – optional Make a Hero poster from people they know/have heard of and/ or Make a Noisemaker & Liberty Crown, paper flag.

· Older – Choose a Hero, make a placard (some chose to make the crowns/noisemakers as well)

Placards: 12x18 poster board (leftover from our Baker & Taylor shipments), markers, scissors, glue sticks, wallpaper samples (for placard heroes’ clothes) plus hole punches & yarn to hang these around their necks.
Noisemakers: small paper plates, beans or popcorn, markers, staplers, optional ribbon for decorating.
Crowns: die cut blue star borders, triangle sliced red and white construction paper.
Flags:  photocopies of:, straws, gluesticks, red & blue markers.

For the Crown:  Have your child glue together two of the blue headbands, then glue on the red & white triangles before fitting it to their head. Alternatively: could use stars and pipe cleaners as depicted below.


For the noisemaker: Have your child color the underside of two paper plates, then count out 10 beans to place inside before the adult staples the plates together.


(ours were much less formally designed)

Additional ideas:

We played patriotic music CD while they were creating.
We lined up for a group picture then took the boom box and I led our “Parade of Heroes” (children wearing their people placards and liberty crowns, noisemakers and waving American flags) around the library.  Parade included a great variety of “heroes” Jackie Robinson, Jack Kennedy, Helen Keller, Cesar Chavez, Chief Joseph, Rosa Parks, MLK, Thomas Jefferson, Susan B. Anthony, Sacajawea, Betsy Ross, and many more.   Sang Yankee Doodle Dandy when CD player stopped working on batteries.

"I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should go ahead and be one."
~ Calamity Jane (1852-1903), American frontierswoman



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