June 14, 2017
|On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States. In 1877, citizens held celebrations throughout the country in honor of the flag's hundredth birthday. From that time on, groups urged the government to declare June 14 "Flag Day." Their requests finally met with success in 1949, when President Harry Truman signed legislation making June 14 a national day of remembrance.|
June 18, 2017
|While listening to a Mother's Day sermon, Sonora Smart Dodd (who had been reared by her father) thought that a similar day should be set aside to honor fathers. Over the next year she planned a special celebration to honor the fathers in her hometown of Spokane, Washington. That celebration, held June 19, 1909, marked the first Father's Day celebration in the United States. Slowly, the idea of Father's Day spread throughout the nation until at last, in 1972, President Richard Nixon established the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.|
|Fourth of July||
July 4, 2017
|On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. Four days later, on July 8, 1776, colonists gathered in Philadelphia to hear the Declaration read. Afterward, they celebrated the national's first "Independence Day." In following years, Independence Day celebrations were held throughout the country on July 4. Not until 1941, however, was the Fourth of July set aside as a national holiday.|
|Back to School|
|As summer draws to a close, most North American school children prepare to start a new school year. Throughout America's history, the official start of school has ranged from October or November (after harvests were in), to early September (with Labor Day marking the official end of summer), to mid-August and even earlier in some school systems.|
September 4, 2017
|First celebrated in New York in 1882, Labor Day began as a parade to honor the working class. From the beginning, the celebration proved a favorite. Over the decade that followed, similar Labor Day celebrations began cropping up across the United States with olorado, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts even passing laws that declared Labor Day a state holiday. In 1894, the U.S. Congress followed suit. Just 12 years after New York held the first Labor Day parade, Congress declared the first Monday of each September a national holiday in honor of the working class. Canada also celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday of September.|
The Holiday Zone offers free educational resources for use in early childhood and elementary educational settings. Holiday and seasonal materials include learning games, whole language activities, writing prompts, songs, action rhymes, printable worksheets, printable and interactive puzzles, coloring pages, and children's literature recommendations. This site is child-friendly and does contain some content geared specifically toward children, but is targeted primarily toward educators, child care providers, and parents. The intended audience includes preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, elementary classroom teachers, homeschoolers, parents, grandparents, and others who work with children
The Holiday Zone also offers resources created especially for use in the ESL/EFL classroom. ESL teachers and EFL teachers alike will find information and reproducible materials to help their ELL students gain a better understanding of traditional western holidays. ESL/EFL resources include reading comprehension activities, holiday vocabulary guides, printable illustrated word wall cards, puzzles, worksheets, and discussion topics geared specifically toward English language learners (ELLs). Interactive reading comprehension tasks, interactive quizzes, and interactive puzzles are also being added for the benefit of English language learners who visit this site.
The Holiday Zone currently features most mainstream western holidays. Lesser-known and international holidays are being added as time permits. Over the summer season, spotlighted holidays include Flag Day, Father's Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day. Back-to-school resources are also included.
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