Yankee Doodle Dandy

Over the last couple of weeks, Ryan has been learning about Colonial times in America. We have learned about Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. George Washington is his favorite. To go along with this, we’ve been using Yankee Doodle Dandy as our patriotic morning song. We learned that the British originally made up the song to make fun of the Americans, but they liked it and began singing it with pride! I bet the British weren’t too happy about that! As part making learning fun, we made and ate “Hasty Pudding” for breakfast. It pretty much tasted like grits. Alex liked calling it “Tasty Pudding!” Ryan wasn’t a big fan. I didn’t like grits as a kid, either, so I didn’t really blame him!

Putting in everything he can to make his Hasty Pudding tasty!

We also learned that a macaroni was a stylish man. The term came to be used of the typical tricorn hats that were stylish during the time. The boys made the macaroni hats and really enjoyed sticking feathers in them!

Then, the boys used quill pens and berry ink to put down their John Hancock. Ryan enjoyed this so much that he got a second sheet of paper, wrote the “Declaration of Independence” (the best way he could think to do it!) and added a little decor. I loved what he came up with!

We were done for the day at that point, but these cuties were enjoying it so much that they got out their little flags that we use for doing the Pledge of Allegiance in the mornings. They asked me to turn on Yankee Doodle Dandy, then wore their hats, held their flags, and marched on the “Hup, 2, 3, 4…” It was really cute.


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