Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Keep Singing

Recently my 4-year-old class did a two-week unit study on Space. It was really fun, and I learned things about each planet that I had either never known or had just forgotten.

We enjoyed learning about each of the planets, but Earth was our sentimental favorite. Because Earth, of course, is our home.

Space is, well, spacious. And with a 4-year-old it's smart to try to bring it a little closer to home.

So during our next unit we learned about the United States, our great country.

We begin each day in my class with the Pledge of Allegiance. After the pledge, we sing the chorus to America the Beautiful.

"America! America! God shed his grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea."

I have been in a stadium full of adults singing the National Anthem, and it gives me goosebumps, but hearing my class of little kids say the pledge and sing "America, America" has choked me up more than once.

They may not can tell you their exact address or even the name of the city they live in, but every one of them knows they are an American.

I think back to when I was growing up, a teenager, and even into young adulthood. I never really thought about the government that much. And I certainly did not feel that any decision made in Washington, D.C. would affect my life in any way. Maybe I was naive, too young to care, but that has changed.

Things are bad here. People are losing their jobs. Maybe you have lost yours. Maybe your husband has lost his. Mine did.

Perhaps this is God's way of shaking this country loose from its materialistic hold. Getting us back to what is important in life. The things money cannot buy.

Our family, our friends, and 4-year-olds in a small preschool classroom singing, "America, America, God shed his grace on thee......."


Anonymous said...

Hey. I am curious if I am doing this right.
This is fun. You are a very good writer. I enjoy reading your blog! I am impressed that you have the time to do this. If we had internet at home I am sure my girls would love it. One question- can anyone log on to the blog or do you have to "approve" them some way?

Brad and Amy said...

Hey Anonymous :)

This blog is for anyone, not just invited guests. It is wide open for anyone who wants to be here!

Thanks for reading, and I am working on how to change the time of day. I've known it was wrong--it puts the wrong time of day on my posts as well--I just haven't figured out what to do to fix it.

Bye Anonymous :)