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8 Patriotic Songs You Should Teach Your Children

Teaching kids about what it means to be an American is more than just history and dates. It is about emotion and patriotism and duty to the country. Unfortunately, most children today are not exposed to the classic patriotic songs of the past that instill those values. Here are some patriotic songs you should teach your children to sing and remember.

1. Star Spangled Banner – “Oh, say, can you see”… the National Anthem? Composed by Francis Scott Key in 1814, this song was not affirmedas America’s National Anthem until 1931, over 116 years after it was first penned. Your children might be familiar with it as ‘the baseball song’.

2. God Bless America – “God bless America/ Land that I love”. Written in 1918 by Irving Berlin, this song frequently substitutesfor the National Anthem at some sporting events. Short and easy to remember, it pronounces the benefits of our “home sweet home.”

3. My Country ‘Tis of Thee – “My country tis of thee,/ Sweet land of liberty,/ Of thee I sing”. Written by Samuel Francis Smith; the tune used for this song is “God Save the Queen”, the British National Anthem. Take that, England! Promoting freedom and appreciation for our country, this is one song all kids should remember.

4. The Battle Hymn of the Republic – “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”. A patriotic song with a resilient Christian background, this song may not be for everyone. However, it is one of the most prominent songs of the Civil War era. With great images, you could have an interesting discussion with your children about the meaning of the song.

5. This Land is Your Land – “This land is your land, this land is my land,/ From California to the New York Island”. This is one of America’s most renowned folk songs. Its lyrics were written by Woody Guthrie in 1940, in response to “God Bless America”. Exalting the splendor of America, your kids get a sharing and geography lesson included with this song!

6. When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again – “The men will cheer and the boys will shout/ The ladies they will all turn out”. Another Civil War era song, this is a great song for children who have relatives stationed abroad. All about the elation of repatriation, this lively and inspiring song will have the kids crying “Hurrah!”

7. You’re A Grand Old Flag – “You’re a grand old flag,/ You’re a high flying flag/ And forever in peace may you wave”. A patriotic song written by George Cohan, this tuneputs emphasison the significance of the Stars and Stripes. A great song to teach children the importance of the American flag.

8. America the Beautiful – “O beautiful for spacious skies,/ For amber waves of grain”. The lyrics to this song were written by Katharine Lee Bates, a professor of English literature at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, after an inspirational trip to the top of Pikes Peak, Colorado in 1893. The song values the fight for freedom in America and upholds a spirit of unity and fortitude.

These are not all the patriotic songs your kids should know by a long shot, but they will help to get you started off on the right foot. You may have trouble remembering some of the lyrics yourself, but, thankfully, all of these songs are available online. Take a few minutes to refresh your memory and then have fun teaching your kids what it means to really be an American.

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Monta the mother of three children serves as an Expert Advisor on multiple household help issues to many Organizations and groups, and is a mentor for other “Mom-preneurs” seeking guidance.  She is a regular contributor of “babysitting jobs

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  • Children need to be taught civics that will teach them how our government and constitution functions not just that they are free and that all people are equal not just the moneyed few.

    Children ned to be taught that government of the people, for the people, by the people cannot be sustained without the participation of all it’s citizens.

    Children need to be taught that war is not the answer to all problems facing our country and that the military is made to protect it’s citizens not support war profiteering.

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