By Michelle Sundberg, Educational Programs and Services Intern
Our beloved city of Philadelphia is filled with history and excitement, especially this time of year. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed symbolizing a newborn nation. Today, over 200 years later, the best place to celebrate America’s birthday is at her birthplace - Philadelphia!
The educational, animated series Martha Speaks features a family dog named Martha who accidentally eats some alphabet soup which gives her the ability to speak. The show’s goal is to enhance the oral vocabulary of young children. Many episodes discuss words with a patriotic theme. “Martha Puts out the Lights” highlights words like fireworks, petition, and majority. “Martha in the White House,” an episode featuring the First Family, familiarizes children with words such as president, nominate, country, and cabinet. Other episodes showcase the words government, law, campaign, debate, vote, right, and freedom. All of these are important words to know and understand when learning about and celebrating Independence Day. So make sure your child catches Martha weekdays on WHYY.
There is so much to do and see in the historic city of Philadelphia. Independence National Historic Park has been named the most historic square mile in America, and its right in your backyard! Take a trip to see the famed Liberty Bell in person and visit Independence Hall, where Thomas Jefferson sat down with the Declaration of Independence.
In between educational fun, take a break at Franklin Square where you can enjoy a round of family miniature golf - Philadelphia style. Each hole represents a sight or theme found in the city. You can even send your ball through the crack of the Liberty Bell and have it end up in front of Independence Hall. Check out www.historicphiladelphia.org for more ways to explore our nation‘s history.
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- The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller
- America: A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney
- America the Beautiful: A Pop-Up Book by Robert Sabuda
- Fireworks, Pinics, and Flags by James Cross Giblin
- A is for America by Devin Scillian
- The Story of America's Birthday by Patricia A. Pingry
- Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong
- Goodnight Philadelphia by Adam Gamble and Kelly Cooper