An American Trail
Adventure Six: Maryland and Virginia
Passing the torch together
“I love the Lord my God with all my heart and my neighbor as myself.”
Benjamin Franklin was an American Patriot and lived during the time of George Washington. In fact, Ben Franklin and George Washington were friends!
Ben liked to go on walks. When he did, God would give him good ideas. His ideas included making things that helped our country grow and become stronger.
Well, one day, when Ben was on his walk, he had a really great idea! He thought, “Hey, if I share my books, and my friends want to share their books, others can read them. Everyone can read more books!” And so they did! Ben put everyone’s books together and began America’s very first library. The first library began in Philadelphia in the year 1731.
Guess what, Patriots! Now we will learn more about Ben, so let’s begin!
Go for a walk with an adult. Pray, “Speak Lord for your Servant is listening.”
That’s what Samuel, in the Bible, prayed, and he heard God speak to his heart.
Who was the patriot who heard God and did what He said? Answer; Benjamin Franklin
Who started the first library in the United States? Answer: Benjamin Franklin
Where was it located? Answer: Philadelphia
Visit a public library.
Directions for Coloring Pages
Little Patriots do their best work. Emphasize the importance of coloring neatly. When they have completed the state, the bird and flower place a gold star on the Capital City. This is the reward for a job well done.
State Capitol - Annapolis
State Bird - Baltimore Oriole
State Flower - Black-eyed Susan
State Capitol -Richmond
State Bird - Cardinal
State Flower - Flowering Dogwood
Father in Heaven,
We pray for the Little Patriots in Maryland and Virginia that Your Holy Spirit will put Your love in their hearts for You (like a lamp that burns bright) and for our country; and know the Truth (Jesus) who makes the U.S. free.
Directions for the United States Map
Color the states on the map the same as the coloring pages.
Directions for the United States Flag
Place a silver star on the flag for each state colored.
Good job, Little Patriot. You are a Super Star!