Today is Independence Day! This is one of my most favorite holidays of the year.
My father served in Vietnam and was one of the most patriotic people I ever knew. The most important thing that he taught me was to love my country with all my might and to be proud of being an American. I try very hard to pass this feeling on to my own children. I want them to appreciate how very lucky they are and to be appreciative of those that served our country so that we can continue to have our freedoms.
So, I am a bit of a sap when it comes to patriotic holidays. I am the chick wiping away my tears as I am watching the fireworks explode above me and listening to "America the Beautiful," "God Bless America," and "Proud to be an American" in the background. It gives me chills just writing about it now. Some of my favorite stories to read to my class include The Wall by Eve Bunting and The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers. I cry every time!
I am so fortunate to live an hour away from Washington D.C. because I am able to take my children to the spectacular memorials that make DC what it is. It is a remarkable experience every time!
So in honor of all those patriots out there, we are celebrating. We are celebrating with you, because even if you have not served as a soldier, you serve every day as a teacher. You still give your life for our country, our kids, and our future!
I am sharing with you my new Guided Reading Labels for your classroom or book room!
These are great for your baskets and your books. You can even print them directly onto labels and stick them right into your books! They will also go great with my other new set of classroom library bin and book labels. I hope you will check them both out! If you pick these up, be sure to pick up some TPT love (aka feedback)! I am really close to 1000 feedbacks! WOW!
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