Jun 252024
 

Flag of Mozambique

Mozambique celebrates Independence Day. It became independent from Portugal in 1975. Located on the east coast of Africa, it is almost double the size of California. Natural resources include titanium, coal, and natural gas. About 25 million people live there. Maputo is the capital. Children could learn more at: Mozambique.

 

Jun 252024
 

Croatia and Slovenia celebrate Independence Day. They both broke away from Yugoslavia in 1991.

Flag of Croatia

Flag of Croatia

Croatia is about the size of West Virginia. Croatia’s seacoast has a Mediterranean climate, and the interior has more of a continental climate. About four million people live in Croatia, and natural resources include oil and bauxite. Zagreb is the capital. Children could learn more at: Croatia.

Flag of Slovenia

Flag of Slovenia

Slovenia, according to the CIA World Factbook, is about the size of New Jersey. Slovenia, north of Croatia, also has a Mediterranean climate along its coast. Coal, lead, and zinc are natural resources. Almost two million Slovenians live in this small country. Ljubljana is the capital. Children could learn more about Slovenia at: Slovenia.

Jun 252024
 
Virginia State Flag

Virginia Flag

Virginia became the tenth state of the United States by ratifying the Constitution in 1788. It was named after Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. Its nicknames include Old Dominion, Mother of Presidents, and Mother of States. The capital is Richmond. Virginia ranks 36th in area and twelfth in population. Jamestown was settled in 1607, and important landmarks include Arlington National Cemetery and Appomattox Courthouse National Park. Children could visit an Internet site at: Virginia. Idea: Students could find a list of birthplaces of Presidents. Is Virginia truly the Mother of Presidents?

Jun 252024
 
George Custer

George Custer

Custer’s Last Stand took place in 1876 at Little Bighorn. Custer and his men attacked a camp of Sioux Indians in Montana Territory. Custer had misjudged the number of Indian fighters, and all 200 soldiers were killed within two hours. Children can learn more at: Custer’s Last Stand. The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument was established on November 26, 1991. Children can visit the monument site at: http://www.nps.gov/libi.

Jun 252024
 

Eric Carle (born Syracuse, New York, 1929; died Northampton, Massachusetts, May 23, 2021) wrote and illustrated at least 70 books for children. At least 170 million copies of his books were sold. He wrote among other works The Very Hungry Caterpillar, published in 1969, and The Very Quiet Cricket, published in 1990. He received the 2003 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for his body of work. Children can visit his website, especially the “download and activities” section under Resources at: Eric Carle.

Elizabeth Orton Jones (born Highland Park, Illinois, 1910; died Peterborough, New Hampshire, May 10, 2005) wrote and illustrated books for children. She received a Caldecott Honor Award in 1944 for Small Rain: Verses from the Bible. She earned the 1945 Caldecott Medal for Prayer for a Child, written by Rachel Field. Children can learn more at: Elizabeth Orton Jones.

Tololwa M. Mollel (born Tarusha, Tanzania, 1952) has written at least sixteen books for children. He now lives in Edmonton, Canada. My Rows and Piles of Coins received a 2000 Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Illustration for E. B. Lewis. Children can learn more at: Tololwa M. Mollel.

George Orwell (born Eric Arthur Blair in Motihari, Bengal, 1903; died London, England, January 21, 1950) was a writer. Two of his most famous works are 1984 and Animal Farm.

Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor (born New York, New York, 1954) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. She assumed the office on August 8, 2009. She is the first Hispanic Justice and the third female Justice. Children can learn more at: Sonia Sotomayor.

Lynd Kendall Ward (born Chicago, Illinois, 1905; died Reston, Virginia, June 28, 1985) created and illustrated books and wordless books. He often used wood cuts for his illustrations, but he did work in other media. He received a Caldecott Honor Award in 1950 for America’s Ethan Allen, and he earned the 1953 Caldecott Medal for The Biggest Bear. He illustrated at least eight novels by other writers that earned Newbery Medals or Honor Awards. His unusual illustrations sparked interest in graphic novels. In 2011 the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize was established. Children can learn more at: Lynd Kendall Ward.

Jun 262024
 

National Chocolate Pudding Day is today! What can we say, other than what fun? Older children can enjoy with chocolate pudding toppings, such as crushed cookies, whipped cream, or sprinkles. Younger children can “finger paint” with chocolate pudding and then enjoy eating their creations.

Jun 262024
 

Flag of Madagascar

Madagascar celebrates Independence Day. It became free from French rule in 1960. It is an island, the fourth largest island in the world, off the southeastern coast of Africa. It is slightly smaller than Texas. It exports coffee, vanilla, and cloves, and about 23 million people live there.  Antananarivo is the capital. Children can learn more at: Madagascar.

Jun 262024
 
Velocipede

Velocipede

Bicycle was patented by W. K. Clarkson, Jr. of New York in 1819. Originally called a velocipede, the bicycle soon became a popular mode of transportation. The patent was destroyed in the 1836 patent office fire. In 2014 a billion bicycles were being used for business and fun. China accounts for 450 million of those bicycles. Children can learn more about bikes at: Bicycles.

Jun 262024
 
United Nations Flag

United Nations Flag

United Nations Charter was signed by fifty nations in San Francisco, California, in 1945. The United Nations replaced the faltering League of Nations. Now 193 members belong to the United Nations. Children could see the list of countries now belonging to the United Nations at: https://www.un.org/en/about-us/member-states.