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Numbers Match

Numbers Match

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Numbers Maze

Numbers Maze

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Drawing Numbers

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Verbs and Actions

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Coloring Numbers

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Fruit Match

Fruit Match

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Traffic Light Color

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Animals Match

Animals Match

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Counting Match

Counting Match

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The 2nd most common foreign language in your state is…

It is well known that Spanish is the most common foreign language in the states but did you know that Chinese is the second most common foreign language in New York and Tagalog is a language that is very familiar to many Californians? According to Slate, German is the most common second language, particularly in the Midwest, followed by French spoken in some parts of the Bible Belt. In Sunshine state Florida, where we call home, French Creole is the most common foreign language after Spanish.

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English Songs for Children

1. Old Mcdonald Had a Farm

Old Mcdonald had a farm,

E-I-E-I-O

And on his farm he had a cow,

E-I-E-I-O

With a “moo moo” here and a “moo moo” there


Here a “moo”, there a “moo”, everywhere a “moo moo”

Old Mcdonald had a farm,

E-I-E-I-O

Old Mcdonald had a farm,

E-I-E-I-O

And on his farm he had a pig,

E-I-E-I-O


With an “oink oink” here and an “oink oink” there


Here an “oink” , there a “oink” , everywhere an “oink oink” ,

a “moo moo” here and a “moo moo” there


Here a “moo” there a “moo”


Old Mcdonald had a farm,

E-I-E-I-O

Old Mcdonald had a farm,

E-I-E-I-O

And on his farm he had a duck,

E-I-E-I-O

With a “quack quack” here and a “quack, quack” there


Here a “quack”, there a “quack” , everywhere a “quack quack”

An “oink oink” here and an “oink oink” there


Here am “oink”, there a “oink”, everywhere an “oink oink”


A “moo-moo” here and a “moo-moo” there


Here a “moo”, there a “moo”, everywhere a “moo moo”


Old Mcdonald had a farm,

 E-I-E-I-O

Old Mcdonald had a farm,

E-I-E-I-O


And on his farm he had a Horse,

E-I-E-I-O


With a “nay nay” here and a “nay nay” there


Here a “nay” , there a “nay”, everywhere a “nay nay”

A “quack quack” here and a “quack, quack” there


Here a “quack”, there a “quack”, everywhere a “quack quack”

 An “oink oink” here and an “oink oink” there


Here am “oink”, there a “oink”, everywhere an “oink oink’


A “moo-moo” here and a “moo-moo” there


Here a “moo” there a “moo”, everywhere a “moo moo”

Old Mcdonald had a farm,

E-I-E-I-O

2. If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it,

clap your hands (clap clap)


If you’re happy and you know it,

clap your hands (clap clap)


If you’re happy and you know it,

then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it,

 clap your hands. (clap clap)

If you’re happy and you know it,

stomp your feet (stomp stomp)

If you’re happy and you know it,

stomp your feet (stomp stomp)

If you’re happy and you know it,

then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it,

stomp your feet. (stomp stomp)

If you’re happy and you know it,

shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)

If you’re happy and you know it,

shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)


If you’re happy and you know it,

then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it,

 shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)

If you’re happy and you know it,

do all three (clap, stomp, hoo-ray!)

If you’re happy and you know it,

do all three (clap, stomp, hoo-ray!)

If you’re happy and you know it,

then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it,

do all three. (clap, stomp, hoo-ray!)

If you’re happy and you know it,

clap your hands (clap clap)


If you’re happy and you know it,

clap your hands (clap clap)


If you’re happy and you know it,

then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it,

 clap your hands. (clap clap)

3. Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush

Here we go ’round the mulberry bush,

The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush.

Here we go ’round the mulberry bush,

On a cold and frosty morning

This is the way wash our face wash our face,

Wash our face, wash our face

 This is the way wash our face

On a cold and frosty morning

This is the way brush our teeth

 Brush our teeth, brush our teeth

This is the way brush our teeth

On a cold and frosty morning

This is the way comb our hair

 Comb our hair, comb our hair

This is the way comb our hair

On a cold and frosty morning

This is the way we go to school,

We go to school, we go to school,

This is the way we go to school,

On a cold and frosty morning

Here we go ’round the mulberry bush,

The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush.

Here we go ’round the mulberry bush,

On a cold and frosty morning

4. The Wheels On the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round,

Round and round, round and round.


The wheels on the bus go round and round,

 All through the town,

The doors on the bus go open and shut,

Open and shut, open and shut


The doors on the bus go open and shut,

All through the town

The wipers on the bus Swish, swish, swish,

Swish, swish, swish, swish swish, swish

The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish

 All through the town

The horn on the bus go Beep, beep, beep

Beep, beep, beep; Beep, beep, beep.


The horn on the bus go Beep, beep, beep,

All through the town

The driver on the bus says “move on back”,

“move on back”, “move on back”.


The driver on the bus says “move on back”.

 All through the town

The people on the bus go Up and down,

Up and down, Up and down.

The people on the bus go Up and down

All through the town

The babies on the bus say “Wah, wah, wah

Wah, wah, wah; Wah, wah, wah”.


The babies on the bus say “Wah, wah, wah”,

 All through the town

The mommies on the bus say “Shush, shush, shush

Shush, shush, shush; Shush, shush, shush.”


The mommies on the bus say “shush, shush, shush”

All through the town

The wheels on the bus go round and round,

Round and round, round and round.


The wheels on the bus go round and round,

All through the town

5. B.I.N.G.O.


There was a farmer who had a dog,

And Bingo was his name-o.

B-I-N-G-O ,

B-I-N-G-O ,

B-I-N-G-O

And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,


And Bingo was his name-o.

(clap)-I-N-G-O ,

(clap)-I-N-G-O ,

(clap)-I-N-G-O ,

And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,


And Bingo was his name-o.


(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O ,

(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O ,

(clap)-(clap)-N-G-O ,

And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,


And Bingo was his name-o.


(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O ,

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O ,

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-O ,

 And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,


And Bingo was his name-o.

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O ,

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O ,

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-O ,

 And Bingo was his name-o.

There was a farmer who had a dog,


And Bingo was his name-o.


(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap) ,

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap) ,

(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap) ,

And Bingo was his name-o.

6. Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,

Have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir,

Three bags full.

One for the master,

One for the dame,

And one for the little boy

Who lives down the lane.

7. Five little Monkeys

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed


One fell off and bumped his head


So Momma called the doctor,

and the doctor said

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed


One fell off and bumped his head


So Momma called the doctor,

and the doctor said

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed


One fell off and bumped his head


So Momma called the doctor,

and the doctor said

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed

One fell off and bumped his head


So Momma called the doctor,

and the doctor said

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

One little monkey jumping on the bed


He fell off and bumped his head

So Momma called the doctor,

And the doctor said

No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed


They fell off and bumped their heads


So Momma called the doctor,

And the doctor said

Put those monkeys back in bed!

8. Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.

Down came the rain, and washed spider out.

Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain

And Itsy Bitsy spider went up the spout again.

9. Row Row Row Your Boat

Row row row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily merrily merrily merrily

Life is but a dream

10. The Farmer in the Dell

The farmer in the dell,

The farmer in the dell,

Hi-ho, the derry-o,

The farmer in the dell.

The farmer takes a wife,

The farmer takes a wife,

Hi-ho, the derry-o,


The farmer takes a wife.

The wife takes a child,

The wife takes a child,

Hi-ho, the derry-o,

The wife takes a child.

The child takes a nurse,

The child takes a nurse,

Hi-ho, the derry-o,

The child takes a nurse.

The nurse takes a cow,

The nurse takes a cow,

Hi-ho, the derry-o,


The nurse takes a cow.

The cow takes a dog,

The cow takes a dog,

Hi-ho, the derry-o,

The cow takes a dog.

The dog takes a cat,

The dog takes a cat,

Hi-ho, the derry-o,

The dog takes a cat.

The cat takes a rat,

The cat takes a rat,

Hi-ho, the derry-o,

The cat takes a rat.

The rat takes the cheese,

The rat takes the cheese,

Hi-ho, the derry-o,

The rat takes the cheese.

The cheese stands alone,

The cheese stands alone,

Hi-ho, the derry-o,

The cheese stands alone.

The farmer in the dell,

The farmer in the dell,

Hi-ho, the derry-o,

The farmer in the dell.

11. Looby Loo

Here we go looby loo,

Here we go looby light;

Here we go looby loo,

All on a Saturday night!

You put your right hand in,

You take your right hand out;


You give your right hand a shake, shake, shake,

And turn yourself about!

Here we go looby loo,

Here we go looby light;

Here we go looby loo,

All on a Saturday night!

You put your left hand in,

You take your left hand out

You give your hand a shake, shake, shake

And turn yourself about

Here we go looby loo,

Here we go looby light;

Here we go looby loo,

All on a Saturday night!

You put your right foot in

You take your right foot out


You give your foot a shake, shake, shake

And turn yourself about

Here we go looby loo,

Here we go looby light;

Here we go looby loo,

All on a Saturday night!

You put your left foot in

You take your left foot out

You give your foot a shake, shake, shake

And turn yourself about

Here we go looby loo,

Here we go looby light;

Here we go looby loo,

All on a Saturday night!

You put your whole self in

You take your whole self out


You give yourself a shake, shake, shake

And turn yourself about

Here we go looby loo,

Here we go looby light;

Here we go looby loo,

All on a Saturday night!

12. Daisy Daisy (bicycle built for two)

Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do.

I’m half crazy all for the love of you.


It won’t be a stylish marriage,

I can’t afford a carriage.

But you’ll look sweet,

Upon the seat,


Of a bicycle built for two.

13. London Bridge is Falling Down

London Bridge is falling down,

Falling down, falling down.

London Bridge is falling down,

My fair lady.

Build it up with sticks and stones,

Sticks and stones, sticks and stones,

Build it up with sticks and stones,

My fair lady.

Sticks and stones will all fall down,

All fall down, all fall down,

Sticks and stones will all fall down,

My fair lady.

Build it up with wood and clay,

Wood and clay, wood and clay,

Build it up with wood and clay,

My fair lady.

Wood and clay will wash away,

Wash away, wash away,

Wood and clay will wash away,

My fair lady.

Build it up with iron and steel,

Iron and steel, iron and steel,

Build it up with iron and steel,

My fair lady.

Iron and steel will bend and bow,

Bend and bow, bend and bow,

Iron and steel will bend and bow,

My fair lady.

Build it up with brick so sure,

Brick so sure, brick so sure,

Build it up with brick so sure,

My fair lady.

London Bridge is falling down,

Falling down, falling down.

London Bridge is falling down,

My fair lady.

14.Roll Over – ten in the bed

There were ten in a bed

And the little one said,

“Roll over, roll over.”

So they all rolled over and

 One fell out.

There were nine in a bed

and the little one said,

“Roll over, roll over.”

So they all rolled over

And one fell out.

There were eight in a bed

And the little one said,

“Roll over, roll over.”

So they all rolled over

 And one fell out.

There were seven in a bed

And the little one said,

“Roll over, roll over.”

So they all rolled over

And one fell out.

There were six in a bed

And the little one said,

“Roll over, roll over.”

So they all rolled over

 And one fell out.

There were five in a bed

And the little one said,

“Roll over, roll over.”

So they all rolled over

 And one fell out.

There were four in a bed

And the little one said,

“Roll over, roll over.”

So they all rolled over

 And one fell out.

There were three in a bed

 And the little one said,

“Roll over, roll over.”

So they all rolled over

 And one fell out.

There were two in a bed

And the little one said,

“Roll over, roll over.”

So they all rolled over

 And one fell out.

There was one in the bed

And the little one said,

“Good night.

15. Pat a Cake Pat a Cake

Pat a Cake, Pat a Cake, Bakers Man

Bake me a cake as fast as you can


Mix it and prick it and mark it with a B


And there will be plenty for baby and me

Pat a Cake, Pat a Cake, Bakers Man

Bake me a cake as fast as you can

Roll it up,

Roll it up,

throw it in a pan,

Pat a Cake, Pat a Cake, Bakers Man”

16. Six Little Ducks

Six little ducks that I once knew


Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones too.


But the one little duck with the feather on his back

He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.

Quack, quack, quack-quack, quack, quack


He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.

Down to the river they would go.


Wibble wobble, wibble wobble to and fro.


But the one little duck with the feather on his back

He led the others with a quack, quack, quack.

Quack, quack, quack-quack, quack, quack


He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.

Home from the river they would come.

Wibble wobble, wibble wobble, ho-hum-hum.

But the one little duck with the feather on his back

He led the others with a quack, quack, quack.

Quack, quack, quack-quack, quack, quack


He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.

Six little ducks that I once knew


Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones too.


But the one little duck with the feather on his back

He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.

Quack, quack, quack-quack, quack, quack


He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.

17. Alice The Camel

Alice the camel has five humps.

Alice the camel has five humps.

Alice the camel has five humps.


So go, Alice, go. Boom, boom, boom!

Alice the camel has four humps.

Alice the camel has four humps.

Alice the camel has four humps.

So go, Alice, go. Boom, boom, boom!

Alice the camel has three humps.

Alice the camel has three humps

. Alice the camel has three humps.

So go, Alice, go. Boom, boom, boom!

Alice the camel has two humps.

Alice the camel has two humps.

Alice the camel has two humps.

So go, Alice, go. Boom boom boom!

Alice the camel has one hump.

Alice the camel has one hump.

Alice the camel has one hump.

So go, Alice, go. Boom, boom, boom!

Alice the camel has no humps.

Alice the camel has no humps.

Alice the camel has no humps.

Now Alice is a horse.

Of course!!

18. She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain

She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes,

She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes,

She’ll be coming round the mountain,


She’ll be coming round the mountain,

She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes.

She’ll be driving six white horses when she comes,

She’ll be driving six white horses when she comes,

She’ll be driving six white horses,


She’ll be driving six white horses,

She’ll be driving six white horses when she comes.

Singing ‘ay, ay, yippee, yippee ay!’

Singing ‘ay, ay, yippee, yippee ay!’

Singing ‘ay, ay, yippee, ay, ay, yippee!’

Singing ‘ay, ay, yippee, yippee ay!’

Oh, we’ll all go out to meet her when she comes


Oh, we’ll all go out to meet her when she comes


Oh, we’ll all go out to meet her,

We’ll all go out to meet her,

We’ll all go out to meet her when she comes

Singing ‘ay, ay, yippee, yippee ay!’

Singing ‘ay, ay, yippee, yippee ay!’

Singing ‘ay, ay, yippee, ay, ay, yippee!’

Singing ‘ay, ay, yippee, yippee ay!’

She’ll be wearing pink pajamas when she comes,

She’ll be wearing pink pajamas when she comes,

She’ll be wearing pink pajamas,

She’ll be wearing pink pajamas,

She’ll be wearing pink pajamas when she comes.

Singing ‘ay, ay, yippee, yippee ay!’

Singing ‘ay, ay, yippee, yippee ay!’

Singing ‘ay, ay, yippee, ay, ay, yippee!’

Singing ‘ay, ay, yippee, yippee ay!’

She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes,

She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes,

She’ll be coming round the mountain,


She’ll be coming round the mountain,

She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes.

19. Frere Jacques

Frère Jacques

Frère Jacques

Dormez-vous ?

Dormez-vous ?

Sonnez-les matines

Sonnez-les matines

Ding, dang, dong! Ding, dang, dong!

20. Michael Finnegan

There was an old man

 Called Michael Finnegan

He grew whiskers on his chinnegan

The wind came out

And blew them in again

Poor old Michael Finnegan, begin again

There was an old man

Called Michael Finnegan

He went fishing

With a pinnegan

He caught a fish and dropped it in again


Poor old Michael Finnegan, begin again

There was an old man

Called Michael Finnegan

Climbed a tree and hit his shinnegan


Took off several yards of skin again

Poor old Michael Finnegan, begin again

There was an old man

Called Michael Finnegan

He grew fat and then grew thin again

Then he died and had to be born again

Poor old Michael Finnegan, begin again

21.Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle Twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are.

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American Travel Destinations – American Culture for Kids

The US is so big there are endless things to visit! There are cities, mountains, beaches, and deserts. Some parts of the US are world famous. Car and plane are the most common ways to travel. Some things are very far apart, so driving can take many hours or even days. Some people make a special driving trip called a road trip, where driving between places is as important as visiting the places themselves.

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Here are a few places you might like to visit:

New York City

New York is the biggest city in the country. It is the place to go to if you like art and museums. They say that New York never sleeps because something is always happening! You can climb up to the top of the Statue of Liberty and look out through her crown, or maybe you prefer to watch the city from the top of the Empire State Building. There are tall buildings and more yellow taxis than you can count.

 

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is on the other side of the country, in California. Los Angeles is known for sunshine, beaches, and Hollywood. You can learn to surf, look at movie stars’ houses, or just sit on the beach.

Washington DC

Washington DC is the capital city. It is the place to go to learn about American history. You can tour the White House, where the President lives and see historic documents and famous monuments. You can also visit museums to see things like famous airplanes and space ships and huge gemstones. Or maybe you prefer to watch a baseball or a football game!

 

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful natural places in the US. You can stand on the edge and look across. If you are very adventurous, you can hike down to the bottom or take a raft through the middle! If you like beautiful nature, the Southwest is the place to go—you will see deserts and mountains, and special animals and plants, like cactuses!

Florida

Florida is a tropical state on the ocean in the Eastern half of the US You can visit soft sand beaches, eat delicious oranges, and explore Disney World. There is a large swamp called the Everglades where rare birds and alligators live.

Alaska

Alaska is the most northern state in the US—part of it is in the Arctic Circle! You can visit glaciers (large rivers of ice that move very, very slowly) and see animals like moose and caribou. There are grizzly bears, but they will hide from you! If you are lucky, you may see the Northern Lights—colorful lights that seem to dance—in the sky at night.

American Common Words and Phrases – American Culture for Kids

Americans say many particular things. They share many words and phrases with English speakers in other countries, but some things are unique to the US!

In the US, it is very important to be polite. Don’t forget to say please, thank you, and excuse me! Americans say that actions speak louder than words, which means that what you do is more important than what you say you will do. One way to show that you are polite is to say please and thank you. You can also do nice things like holding the door open for someone or helping your friend carry their books.

When you say meet someone, you can say hello or hi. You should also ask how are you? They will ask you how you are too. They expect to hear fine or good. If you are having a great day, you can say great or fantastic. If you are having a bad day, you can say not so good. You don’t need to say a lot, though. This question is mostly a greeting!

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You might call your friends buddies or pals. People often call children kids. You might say hello to your friends by asking what’s up. You can ask them to spend time with you by asking them to hang out. You might play baseball, football, or soccer when you hang out.

If something is very easy for you, you might say that it is a piece of cake or easy as pie. For some people, math is easy as pie.

If you think someone is joking, you can say that they are pulling your leg!

When you feel lazy and want to sit on the couch and watch TV instead of doing your homework or going outside to play, your parents might call you a couch potato.

If you are planning a surprise for someone, be careful not to spill the beans, which means to tell a secret. If you tell them, it won’t a surprise anymore!

If you aren’t sure what is going to happen on day, you might want to play it by ear instead of making that plan. That means that you figure things out as they happen.

When you say good-bye to someone, you might say bye or see you later. You can say have a nice day if it is during the day, or good night if it is in the evening.

American Children’s Songs – American Culture for Kids

Americans have many fun songs for children. Some of the songs have dances, others have nonsense words, or maybe they are just fun to sing.

 

One of the most famous songs is Happy Birthday. Americans of all ages sing this for birthdays. Often, they serve cake and light candles. When the song is over, the birthday boy or girl blows out the candles and makes a wish. The words are:

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday dear [the person’s name]

Happy Birthday to you

 

One song that is a dance is Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. When you sing this song, you touch your head, shoulders, knees, toes, and parts of your face that the song says. It is fun to do it faster and faster until you can’t do it any faster!

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes!

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes!

Eyes and ears and mouth and nose

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes!

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One song that is fun to sing is I’m a Little Teapot. When you sing this song, you pretend to be a teapot getting hot! You can use one arm to be the handle and one arm to be the spout.

I’m a little teapot, short and stout

Here is my handle and here is my spout

When I get all steamed up hear my shout

Tip me over and pour me out!

 

The Itsy Bitsy Spider has a dance just for your fingers. You show the spider climbing, the rain falling, the sun shining, and the spider climbing again with your fingers. Itsy bitsy means very small.

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out.

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.

And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

 

One song that is fun to sing is If you’re happy and you know it? It is a song about the different ways you can show you are happy—clapping your hands, stamping your feet, nodding your head, and other ways.

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.

If you’re happy and you know it stamp your feet…

If you’re happy and you know it nod your head…

American Alphabet – American Learning for Kids

The English alphabet has twenty-six letters:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R Q S T U V W X Y Z

Many other languages use the same alphabet, so you may already knew some of the sounds that the letters make.

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Children learn the letters by singing a song that makes the letters rhyme. It is easy because most of the letters end with the same sound, ee. At the end, you sing a rhyme about the alphabet song:

Now I know my A B Cs

Next time won’t you sing with me.

 

There are two kinds of letters: vowels and consonants. The five vowels are A E I O and U. All the other letters are consonants, but sometimes Y acts like a vowel too. Most words have vowels and consonants, like every word in this sentence. Some very short words may just be a vowel, like I or a. Some words have consonants and y, like fly and try.

 

Many letters make only one sound, like B D F H K L M N P R Q S T V W and Z.

 

Some make two sounds, like C or G. These two sounds are usually called hard and soft. Case has a hard c sound (like a k) and circle has a soft c sound (like an s). Goat has a hard g sound and giraffe has a soft g sound.

 

Sometimes letters make no sound at all, like E at the end of some words (like make!). K is also sometimes silent, like in knee or knight.

 

Some letters also make different sounds when they are together, like CH SH or TH.

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Vowels usually make two sounds each. These are called long sounds and short sounds. The long sound usually sounds like the name of the letter. For example, cat has a short a sound and cake has a long a sound. Met has a short e sound and meet has a long e sound. Pin has a short i sound and pine has a long i sound. Pot has a short o sound and boat has a long o sound. Fun has a short u sound and tune has a long u sound.

 

Spelling may seem confusing, but don’t worry—Americans have to practice spelling too. They have competitions called spelling bees where the children try to spell words out loud without making any mistakes. You can practice by reading and writing in English and reading about spelling rules.

One game to help learn the alphabet is to think of a word that begins with each letter. You can draw a picture of all the things to help you remember the letters. This is one way that American children learn the alphabet. Let’s start: apple, balloon, cat, dog, elephant, fruit…You can use a dictionary if you get stuck. It is a fun way to learn new words!

American Common Names – American Culture for Kids

Americans have names from all over the world and from every religion. Americans have many backgrounds, so their names come from all places. Most people speak English, so many people have English names. They also have German, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Spanish, or other names! Some people even invent names.

 

Some names are more common than others. You are likely to meet boys named Michael, Matthew, Dan, John, or Chris. You might meet girls named Emily, Mary, Elizabeth, Ashley, or Sarah. These are just examples of common names.

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It is common for people have three names—a first name, a middle name, and a last name. The last name is a family name—the same one that your parents have. Last names are very diverse and reflect the many places American families come from. You might meet people named Smith, Green, Stein, Lee, or Davis, for example. If you are curious, you can ask where someone’s name is from. They might be excited to tell you about their family’s history!

 

Your parents choose your first and middle name for you and give them to you when you are born. Most people are called by their first name, but some people use their middle name or both names. Each person can do whatever they want.

 

The President’s full name is Barak Hussein Obama. Obama is a family name from his father, and his parents choose to make his first name Barack and his middle name Hussein. The President’s friends call him Barack, and the rest of us say Mr. Obama.

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It is polite to call an adult by their last name. If you met a man named John Smith, you would call him Mr. Smith. You say Mr. like mister. For women, there are two titles. If you met a woman named Jane Smith, you would call her Mrs. Smith if she was married and Ms. Smith if you didn’t know or it didn’t matter. You say these like missus and miz. You call teachers Mr. and Ms.

 

You can call children by their first names. Sometimes people use a short version of their name. This is called a nickname. If your name is Elizabeth, you might like people to call you Liz. If your name is David, you might ask people to call you Dave. Some people don’t like this, so you should ask first. If you knew President Obama when he was a boy, you might have called him Barry!

 

There is a song that plays with the sounds in names. The words are nonsense, which means that they don’t mean anything. But it is fun to sing! You replace the first letter of a name with a new letter.

For Jack, a boy, you would sing:

Jack, Jack , bo back. Fa na na na na fo fack. Me mi mo mack. Jack!

For Kelly, a girl, you would sing:

Kelly Kelly bo belly. Fa na na na na fo felly. Me mi mo melly. Kelly!

Sometimes a word appears in the song, like back or belly for Jack and Kelly!

American History and Origins – American Culture for Kids

American history has many different stories to it. The most important thing about the United States is that Americans come from all over the world. Throughout the history of the United States, people have come to the land looking for a new life in a new place. American culture is what it is because of this mixing. We call it a melting pot, which means that many different things came to one place and mixed together to make a new thing out it all. American history is the story of these people coming together to make a country together.

The first people who lived on the land are called Native Americans. There are many different groups of Native Americans, and they had different languages and ways of life for the different environments where they lived—forests, coasts, mountains, plains, warm and cold places, dry and wet places. We aren’t exactly sure how they came to this part of the world, but we think they walked from Siberia. Thousands of years ago America and Asia were connected by a land bridge, and people and animals both walked across. You can visit some places where Native Americans used to live to see what life was like in America before any European immigrants came.

In 1620, the first Europeans came to America in a boat called the Mayflower. It took more than two months for them to arrive! We call these people pilgrims, and we celebrate them every fall at Thanksgiving. Over the next few hundred years, more and more people came—many from England, but also from Germany, France, Netherlands, and other places. They lived on farms, built cities, and journeyed deeper into the new continent.

 

In 1776, the settlers decided that they wanted to be independent from Great Britain, who ruled the land. They declared independence on July 4, which is now the national holiday of the United States. At the time there were 13 states—Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia—but the country kept growing. Now the US has 50 states. Alaska and Hawaii were the last two states. Both joined in 1959. The flag of the United States has one star for each state, so it started with 13 stars and they had to keep adding stars each time a new state joined.

 

The United States is known for a spirit of adventure and invention. When the first immigrants came to America, they lived mostly on the east coast of the US. The west was unknown wilderness. People moved west to seek adventure and fortune. Some people started large farms on the rich land they found. In California, they found gold.

Some people loved exploration and made maps and wrote about the things they saw. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are the most famous explorers. They explored the entire west of America over two years.

There are many famous inventors also. Thomas Edison is one of the most famous inventors. Two of his inventions are the light bulb and the first movie camera. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.

About American Culture and Heritage – American Culture for Kids

The United States is a very large country, and Americans come from all over the world. Because the country is so big, each part of it can be very different! Still, there are some things that tie everyone together.

 

 

Schools may be different than you are used to. Many children ride big yellow buses to school. At school, kids have lockers—individual cabinets for students to keep their books. Children do activities with their school like play sports or act in plays.

The most popular sports are baseball, football, and basketball. Children play these sports on teams or just with friends in their neighborhood. Big cities have professional sports teams that people enjoy watching with their families and friends. The whole city celebrates when their team wins a big game!

 

Americans eat many different kinds of foods. For breakfast, they might eat cold cereal or eggs and toast. For lunch, they may eat a sandwich or a salad. They usually eat lunch away from home, like at school or work. Dinner is usually the biggest meal of the day. People may eat hamburgers, pizza, macaroni and cheese, or anything else. You can find all different kinds of foods in many places. Americans also enjoy eating Mexican, Italian, Indian, Chinese, or other foods. Maybe you can find foods from your home!

Americans have three special holidays. One is the Fourth of July, or Independence Day, which celebrates when the United States became a country. There are parades and fireworks and people decorate with red, white, and blue. Many people have picnics and cook outside to enjoy the beautiful summer weather.

Halloween happens on October 31. Everyone dresses in costumes, and children walk from house to house collecting candy. People decorate with things that are scary, like ghosts and monsters. It isn’t scary on Halloween, though—everyone knows it is just for fun.

Thanksgiving happens in November. It is a day for everyone to be thankful for what they have in their life. People visit their family and make a big meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

A special festival is many areas is the county fair or state fair. There are rides like roller coasters and Ferris wheels. There are also exhibits of animals, crafts, and cakes. There may be music shows and competitions, and you will see whatever products are most important for that area.