American History – Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party, a political protest by the Sons of Liberty, is an important landmark in the history of the American Revolution.

Boston Tea Party refers to the destruction of tea at the Boston harbor by the American colonists as a mark of protest against the Great Britain.

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It all started with the Britain’s East India Company going bankrupt due to its inability to sell a large stock of tea in England. Resultant of this was the government issuing the Tea Act of 1773 that gave the company rights to export their commodities directly to the colonies without rendering taxes that their colonial counterparts had to.

Lord North, the then Prime Minister felt that this would be perfectly acceptable by the colonies as this would cause a reduction in rates due to the intermediates being removed. But he was greatly misunderstanding the situation. To his horror, the Americans started boycotting tea! The reasons were simple enough. One, the colonial traders were afraid of being replaced by these powerful giants. Two, many people were barred from the gainful trade as the company had decided to provide franchises to certain Americans only. This boycott played a very vital role in mobilizing mass and linking colonies in their protest.  Women were not left behind this time and their involvement was worth mentioning.

Civilians started plotting against the East India Company and their cargo shipments. Agents everywhere were persuaded to resign and shipments of tea were either being returned or warehoused.

Agents in Boston, however, refused to corporate and with the governments help decided to retain the tea shipment. Governor Hutchison influenced the tea consignees not to back down. Well, they had certainly underestimated the Americans because the drama they then staged was far beyond their capabilities to stop.

Event

On December 16, 1773 the shipment was due to land and the ships – the Dartmouth, Eleanor and Beaver had reached Griffin’s Wharf. Son’s of Liberty, discreetly leaving the huge protest, disguised themselves as Mohawks. The longshoremen efficiently emptied casks of tea into the Boston waters. 90,000 lbs of tea was lost. Accept the tea store and an unintentionally broken padlock, nothing was touched or destroyed.

After affects

The act invited reproached from the colonial officials and the British government alike. The British sealed the ports of Boston. Coercive Acts or Intolerable Acts or Punitive Acts, whatever you choose to call them, were put in action. Benjamin Franklin offered to repay the 10,000 Euros lost. It was a time of strict authority. Lord North was of the opinion, “Whatever may be the consequences, we must risk something; if we do not, all is over.”

But the Americans were not made of loose sand. These acts never deterred their intentions of carrying out similar acts. They burned the Peggy Stewart. Colonists from Boston and other parts of the world contributed by boycotting tea. Balsamic Hyperion and coffee became popular. This marked the start of the American Revolution that become a stunning example in the days to come and led to the liberty and end to discrimination that they always craved for.

The Congress Street Bridge in Boston today holds the Boston Tea Party Museum. A number of interactive exhibits, a documentary, reenactments along with the restored Eleanor and Beaver with two original chests of tea from the event can be found in this museum.

Today, drinking tea is not an issue but yes, we should give tea its due credit for staring in the act of freedom! It deserves it, right?

American Flag – History And Symbolism

American flags are spotted on various private buildings, seen on cars, worn as badges, displayed on residences etc. all over the USA. The red and white striped piece with a blue field of stars is valued to be much more than a simple flag. After the September 11 terrorist attack, it is pure show of patriotism, commitment and support on the government as well as citizens’ part. It is the depiction of the culture and liberty of the strongest nation of the world, a depiction of hearts beating in the strongest realm on the globe. In the 200 years of its existence, the American flag has gone through various changes before becoming what it is today.

History

The earliest flag to be recorded is the ‘Gadsden Flag’ or ‘rattlesnake’. Introduced in 1775, it had the impression of a rattlesnake with 13 rattles, all ready to attack.

January 1st, 1776 was the day when George Washington hoisted the first flag ever known as the ‘Grand Union Flag’. To look at, it had thirteen alternate stripes of red and white along with the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner.

In the month of May, Betsy Ross was reported to have sewn the first ever American flag in 1776. But according to the historians, Francis Hopkins, a member of the Continental Congress was the man to have designed the first flag.

The Flag act was passed on June 14, 1777 by the US Congress that stated the flag be made of thirteen stripes of alternating red and white and the union be of thirteen white stars on a blue field, representing a new constellation, or so is said.

Between 1777 and 1960, various changes were instilled on the flag to accommodate more stars depicting the new states and changes of the like. As on January 13, 1794, the flag consisted of 15 stars and 15 stripes after the addition of Vermont and Kentucky. On April 4, 1888 President Monroe signed the act for cutting down the number of stripes to thirteen. Changes kept taking place till 1960, until Hawaii was added to the American colonies as well as the number of stars to complete half a century.

Symbolism

The American flag is considered to be the most respected and acknowledged symbol in whole of America. It is not uncommon to find these on government buildings, private residences and on car windows as label motifs. Patriots have a strong belief that this Old Glory is a symbol of the USA’s constitutional government, individual autonomy as introduced in the Declaration of Independence and a citizen’s rights as per the ‘Bill of Rights’.

The stripes are known as the rays of sunshine and stars refer to heavens.

At the present date, the flag consists of seven red stripes, showing valor and hardiness, alternating six white ones showing purity and innocence. They represent the thirteen original colonies of America. The fifty stars represent the colonies of America on a blue field of justice, perseverance and vigilance.

A thing to note would be the fact that there is no legal definition of the American flag and its colors.

The Flag Code

Here are a few points that would help you show more respect to the flag while hoisting it the next time.

It is mandatory that the flag be hoisted from sunrise to sunset and after the sunset it should either be removed or be lighted sufficiently and prevent from letting it flap in the dark.

Unless the flag is at half staff, the blue union should be at the peak of the staff being projected from the balcony or window sill of a house. If the flag is suspended in over the middle of the street, it should be placed vertically with the union facing north on an east to west street and east on a north and south street. A staff less flag should be flat and the union should be on the left side of the observer and on the topmost corner.

There are many, many more rules to be followed. If you wish you may go on a detailed trip on Google to find history of the flag code and the whole of the codes.

And yeah, one needs to be a bit more careful and buy the flags of true American nationality that depict the blood and sweat of true Americans and not flimsy ‘Made in China’ stuff that, as some put it, ‘is enough to make Betsy Ross turn in her grave’.

The American flag sings out the song of glory and sets an example for all the nations worldwide. A fervent feeling is centered in the intellect when the community sees it. A feeling of pride on being American envelopes Americans when this historic emblem is sighted and why shouldn’t it?

Homeschooling Basics – How Do You Start Homeschooling Your Child?

Homeschooling is a rapidly rising form of education, especially in the US. Right from various safety benefits, less exposure to alcohol, drugs and bad company, emotional benefits like less exposure to name calling and bullying, less exposure to sexual pressure, to great family bonding and an environment appropriate for spirituality, homeschooling seems an attractive option to parents.

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If you are wondering whether you can home school your child or not, the answer is yes you definitely can if you are devoted to his career, ready to let go yours (not fully of course) and be a committed and involved parent.

Once you are convinced that home schooling is the thing for you and your kid, you need to do some serious planning and budgeting. Getting ready your environment isn’t half as hard as important it is! So here are a few tips that will ensure your success!

#1 Check on the Legality

Though homeschooling is perfectly legal, the rules and regulations vary greatly from state to state. Some of these might not even require you to inform the concerned authorities about it, whereas some are so strict that they need the evaluation report of the kid per month. Some of the strict states even code it that the syllabus and curriculum need approval by the state. So its mandatory for you to check on these rules and regulations followed in your state.

#2 Locating a Support Group

Support groups are organizations that are set up to offer guidance, encouragement, help with choosing curriculum and schedule keeping. Joining one of these could be of great help. Sometimes, it takes a bit longer than usual to find the right one for your family. So keep patience!

#3 Choose a Curriculum

The next step is designing or choosing a syllabus – one of the most essential steps. If you live in a state that doesn’t make it compulsory for you to follow the state curriculum, you have a wide variety of options available to you. You can make up a syllabus of your own. If you need to emphasize on science, instill more of scientific activities and if your focus is arts keep that in mind while making the syllabus. This can be time consuming but the results will turn out to be definitely satisfactory. If you belong to an educational background, you would definitely prefer this. If not, there are always pre-packaged curricula available. Various sites also offer free homeschooling material that can cut down your costs a bit!

#4 Scheduling!

Though homeschoolers have a very reflexive and easy go schedule opportunity, they must not waste it. Instilling discipline in your young one is now your responsibility. So a routine should be planned. Take a look at your syllabus and divide it into periods. Be frank about how much time you’d take according to your way of teaching – and yeah you could be quite innovative here! If you feel like, change your surroundings once in a while – instead of your residence room go in for a study on the grassy lawn or in the green park! But don’t forget to track your progress. You may need to review and make changes later on, but try your best to stick to this schedule.

#5Consider your child’s wishes

At times, especially when you withdraw your kid from the school, he or she may start feeling lonely. You may require a session of deschooling to get your child comfortable. Make sure you enroll your child in some club or library to avoid lowering his social terms. He or she needs to meet and make friends with people or else it could be harmful for his or her mental evaluation.

Homeschooling is not tough. In the beginning it may seem awkward, but once you get the rhythm, it’s all good. Be sure to be involved with your child’s activities even if you have hired a tutor. Make note of difficulties you face and mistakes you’ve made and refer to these when you start a new homeschooling term. If you make sufficient efforts, there can be nothing as rewarding as homeschooling.

Be careful, don’t fret and step ahead. All the best and may you succeed in this awesome adventure you’ve taken up.

Homeschooling Basics – Exploring The Role Of Homeschooling Father

While mostly men are taken to be the corporate world leaders, women are bestowed with the responsibility of bringing up and teaching the children in a homeschooling family. It is the woman who is expected to give up her career and run after the kids. But let me tell you, a homeschooling spree is successful only when the whole family part takes without any compromises. And so, the ‘bread winner’ would have to come to his knees and help out his beloved with the kids! So you Dad’s should brush up on their skills to deliver the role of a homeschooling father.

#1 Help your spouse

If you want to be a great daddy, start by being a great hubby! Help your wife with the daily chores. While coming back from the office, mentally prepare yourself to help out Mom. To make a greater impact, you can sometimes bring in take away dinners.

#2 Take up the discipline’s rein!

Usually, Mom is left to bear the ‘bad guy’ title while Dads are known as the fun guy! Well, it certainly is no good when the mother stays home during the school hours and is alone. It’s all the more tough for her to handle kids. So once in a while, be the spanker. Come home and take up the reins of discipline. And discipline also involves sending kids to bed at 8! This would give mommy the much needed rest she deserves.

#3 Cognitive interactions are necessary!

Reading with the kids aloud, even for a few minutes at night in the form of bed time stories, is quite effective in boosting their skills of reading – a process vital in every subject! It could be of great help to the mommy if you help your kids with it! She’d have a less task to worry about. Playing an active role in the learning process is surely something every dad desires, right?

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Never let go of an opportunity to be a teacher if you are a dad, coz you don’t get any of those. A father I’ve heard of combines homeschooling with his business and that’s baking! Yes, he’s a bakery owner and asks his children to help him out. This way children get a clearer picture of what they’ve learnt by using it in their daily lives like book keeping and other stuff. So never let go of a chance – it need not be a baker’s job!

#5 Don’t overdo it!

Don’t be an over strict teacher when you are home, remember you are a dad too! Love is something a child needs and craves for. Public school children long to return home to the love and care of their parents, at some instances. But if you be an unforgiving teacher at all times, whom do you think your child will turn to at times of cherishment? So make your family bonding grow and know what role to imbibe at what instance!

#6 Set the curriculum together!

A perfect curriculum is set only when all the aspects of family traditions and children are kept in mind. It is said two heads are better than one, so join your wife in making the syllabus. It is not just your choice but your duty as a responsible father to help out with this particular task.

Next is standing up for your family. In the society, many a people would point out the negativities about homeschooling and discourage you all. At time like this, you, the man of the family is looked upon to take the family’s side and never let their hopes be lost.

Well, fathers play a very important role in making homeschooling successful. The first thing a responsible Dad should understand is, a happy married life is as important as a great curriculum along with a loving parent- teacher nature for the child to blossom. Your happy marriage sets an appreciable example to the kids. So love your wife thoroughly and support her at all times. Help out your kids at times and check on their works occasionally to give her a break. She’ll love you for that, I bet!

Ideas For Preschool Graduation Ceremony

A beautiful metamorphosis of baby preschoolers to little first grade students is something worth marking with a special day! However insignificant it might seem to some people, the preschool teachers know exactly what it means when the little ones are graduating from the preschool, what it means when they step on the next stone of life namely 12 yrs of school and they understand the importance of this occasion. And that is the reason why most of them choose to hold this ‘preschool graduation ceremony’ in honor of their graduates.

This day should, quite rightfully, be made into one of those memorable days of the child’s life. Here we go with a bunch of ideas for preschool graduation to make your muddled brain feel a bit eased.

Select a location

The first and foremost thing is jotting down the potential areas for your celebration. This list may include your nursery classroom if the number of students is low or a hired auditorium if you have enough funding, or an outdoor garden event if you have appropriate weather conditions.

It is necessary to make arrangements for your ceremony well in advance to avoid embarrassment on the day of the program.

Make a plan

The faculty of the preschool should get together for a short meeting and discuss what’s best for a graduation ceremony. They should make an action plan and divide work amongst themselves and all this should be done well before the event, around two months before at least! Know what are the funds you need to request for, decide on the things you need to order like the graduation robes, etc.

Prepare and send the invites

Once the planning is over, it’s time to let the parents know about it. Inviting each one verbally would be a bit informal whereas writing out personal invitations could turn out to be pretty tiresome. So an awesome alternative for this would be asking the kids to make the invites themselves. Arrange an activity where they do this. This would be very much fun for the little ones! You can even ask the parents if they’d like to help out with the arrangements for the party like bringing in food or something.

Preparations

Well, now comes DSCN0996the real question – what do we do in a graduation ceremony or rather for a graduation ceremony!?

Don’t forget the cake!!

Here’s the way to start – firstly arrange decorations for the party. Since it’s a preschool event, colorful buntings, balloons and streamers would be a hit! You can also go in to display craft items, etc that the students have made throughout the year.

Hats and gowns, a vital part of the ceremony, needs to be arranged for. The school or the parents can place the orders well before a month of the ceremony to ensure proper delivery and appropriate sizing of the robe.

Another thing that teachers need to arrange for is keepsakes and certificates. Giveaways like small toys or goodbye cards become a part worth cherishing of the child’s life. Keeping in mind the gender, a teacher can be the best chooser of the gifts her kids would love. Diplomas and certificates are another thing teachers need to concentrate upon.

The event

For this event of grandeur and nobility, you can have your little ones prepare a small show to put up. You can train them to sing a song or a dance. Even a skit would be great – if you can manage it. You can have a few games during the show that are fit for the students as well as student-parent pairs!

It’d be very nice if you have the students lined up according to their names and have them up on the stage when their names are called out to receive their certificates or ‘diplomas’, just like in a true graduation ceremony. That would surely interest the students and would make their parents proud. And this would be an activity that the students would look forward to, which automatically means total attention!

Eatables

Last but not the least; a party is incomplete without yummy, tummy filling snacks. Now here’s where you can use the parents’ generous help. Ask them to arrange for soft drinks for the kids, things that they enjoy like cupcakes, etc. After all it’s their day!

In the end, give away your little keepsakes. Souvenirs are precious.

This is a kid’s event that means fun, colors and eventual success. Have the items in bursts of 5 – 10 minutes, keeping in mind their low concentration levels. To touch it all up, you are a preschool teacher – one of the most creative creatures! So think up some rocking ideas and blast the party with a sure to success attitude. A handful of awesome students and another of smashing parents are the ingredients you need to mix up with your eagerness and willingness to make the party a memorable event!


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