Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Madison's Patriotic Project

July 4th is a time of celebration here in the States. As such, children commonly associate the holiday with picnics, water sports, backyard grill sessions, outdoor games with friends, delicious food, family, and - of course - fireworks. It's the celebration that really kick-starts a fantastic summer season, and no vacation is complete without a full-out July 4th jubilee.

But how many kids are familiar with the real reason for the holiday?

In Madison's Patriotic Project, young Madison is excited to put together the best scrapbook ever and win her class's patriotic project contest. But she gets so wrapped up in making the winning entry that she doesn't pay attention to all the facts of American history she's learning along the way. In fact, she barely notices how great her final product is because she's so hung up on whether or not she takes home the prize.

It's easy to get distracted from what's meaningful when a tantalizing prize seems to dangle just out of reach. Our goals can get mixed up and confused easily, and we can miss out on something really important in the process. While the Fourth of July has passed, the opportunity to teach your kids about the meaning behind the celebration, and all holiday celebrations, is available year round. Act on it! And don't forget to pick up your copy of Madison's Patriotic Project today!

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