Friday, September 28, 2012

Remember this?

I have finally finished my quilt from the Celebrate Red, White and Blue Blog Hop! All the stars were paper pieced and sewn together a while ago but I thought it would be nice to do some Big Stitch hand quilting. 


I also added covered buttons to the center of each star.



During the many hours spent with needle in hand, one thought kept coming to my mind...3rd grade flag songs. You may ask what are 3rd grade flag songs? Let me tell you, one of my favorite things about one the schools I work at is 3rd grade flag songs. 
The 3rd grade teachers take time out of their schedule once a week to gather all the 3rd graders together and teach and sing American Patriotic Songs. They learn and sing songs such as The Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, You're a Grand Ole Flag, Yankee Doodle, This Land is Your Land, Hall of Montezuma, My Country 'Tis of Thee, the Salutes to the Services and many more. One of the teachers plays the piano and the team teaches the lyrics, tunes and actions to the songs. 


It is pretty amazing how well the kids know the songs and actions after just a few sessions. By the end of the school year, the 3rd graders have a solid knowledge of American Patriotic Songs and the 2nd graders are looking forward to their turn next year. 


What a fantastic way to teach patriotism! If my schedule allows, I try to join in on this fun and educational time. So, I am dedicating this quilt, "Seeing Stars," in honor of 3rd grade flag songs.


Monday starts the Leafs Me Happy Blog Hop. Go here for the entire schedule! Don't miss the fun!


6 comments:

  1. The quilt is fantastic. I love the 3rd grade flag song sessions. I hope it spreads to other schools.

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  2. I love this quilt!!

    Your flag songs traditions is a special one. I hope it always continues. =)

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  3. This quilt looks beautiful. I love stars and red white and blue quilts. I need to bite the bullet and learn to paper piece. That is a great thing with the 3rd grade learning those songs. I am curious about the actions to the songs. They need to post a you tube video. That would be awesome. Maybe it would go viral :) and more schools would try it. Thanks for sharing.
    Janita

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  4. Your quilt is beautiful! Congrats on a wonderful finish!

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  5. love your quilt. well done.
    thanks for stopping by my blog durign the 'leafs' hop. good luck in the giveaway.

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Sweet sentiments