The purpose of this unit is to help you teach your children about the history of twenty-four holidays and celebrations and have fun with simple, no-prep activities. The lessons can be shared in a number of ways. You can use the unit throughout the year to study each holiday as it comes about, or you can use it as part of your history and social studies curriculum. If you choose to use it as part of your regular studies, there are 20 daily lessons, broken into four groups of five days each. Each week has four days of holidays and activities and one day of review. Holidays studied are: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Inauguration Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, Earth Day, Arbor Day, National Day of Prayer, Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
This book can stand alone or can be used in a American history and social studies series. U.S. History: Discovery and Early Colonies (9 weeks), U.S. History: Foundations and Freedom (9 weeks), U.S. History: Growth & Change (14 weeks), and U.S. History: Building America (4 weeks), fit together for a full 36-week kindergarten or lower elementary U.S. history curriculum. U.S. Holidays and Celebrations can be used for added social studies lessons.