Read along or just click below and listen to INVITING FAMILIES TO STOP FOR A STORY, originally published as Episode 9 on The Writer's Reverie Podcast on The Writer's Reverie Blog, and simultaneously in RUBY Magazine in September 2016. Running time is 18 minutes. Brew some tea and stop--for a story.
When George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross to create the first American flag in the spring of 1776, his design featured a six-pointed star. He thought cutting equal sides in a six-pointed star would be easier than a five pointed star.
However, Betsy knew better. She astounded him with her demonstration of how easy it was to cut equal-sided five-point stars from fabric with just a few folds and a scissor snip.
Here's a tutorial to cut your own 5-pointed star, just like Betsy!
Foundations of American Liberty and Independence:
American Self-Government~Even a Child Understands This
Here is one of my favorite passages from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books as she retells the moment, one 4th of July, when she understands what it means to be American, a Christian, and free:
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