Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"You're a grand old flag; You're a high flying flag ..."

So, we've been doing an ongoing study of Geography this winter, and we have been focusing on the States, particularly our country's symbols.  More to come on that, but today, we focused on the flag.  Two great books to read are:

Meet Our Flag, Old Glory by April Jones Prince; and ...
... Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag by John Herman.
Of course, we couldn't study the flag without making the famed flag cake you see in every magazine around the 4th of July!  For the same, you make a white cake in a 9" x 13" pan or casserole dish (I used a simple boxed mix), then decorate.  I used the recipe seen at http://kidscooking.about.com/od/4thofjulyrecipes/r/flag-cake.htm for our frosting, using an 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip and 8-ounce bar of cream cheese, plus 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, all mixed well, but if you'd rather something quicker, a simple canned frosting would work just the same.  (Just be sure you get white.)  I will say, however, that the cream cheese and whipped cream version was a nice change and very good with the berries on the cake!
 Here, Mags is spreading our frosting on our cake.
 Now, she's adding layers of clean, halved strawberries for our flag's stripes.
 And now, cleaned and dried blueberries in the corner for the stars.
 All done!  Looks great!
And it tasted great, too!
Here, Mags is coloring a picture of our flag.
For her journal entry today, I asked her, 'If you could redesign the American flag, how would it look?'  She responded, 'I'd put Xs on it because I like Xs.'  She then drew it, seen below.  (Funny girl!)
 And then, I made her a little flag-themed lunch using flag picks and these patriotic cookie cutters I bought a while back at Hobby Lobby.
Nothing much to it, just a little flag and US sandwich, but I was pressed for time so the creativity stopped short today.
She wasn't disappointed, though!  :)
Later, in our review of the letter Ll, I had her make uppercase L and lowercase l using Legos.
Ll!
Thanks for checking in with us!  We're off to pottery class!  :)

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