Friday Two Cents: Remembrance Day For A Kindergarten Student


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This past week Canadians remembered the sacrifice of those who put their lives on the line for freedom. Remembrance Day was observed in every school I worked in this week and every classroom. I was privileged to work in many different classes this week and I was able to address the subject of remembrance with each class.

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I wanted to help the students understand that these people, soldiers, were regular Canadians who left their homes to help others. Not just the soldiers from the World Wars and Korea but the peacekeepers and modern soldiers too. I used the little video I created and posted last week, to help get this point across. In a couple of images there are soldiers helping others and one even helping a child. I choose these imagines to help get that point across. I then asked the students after I showed the video, “What do they think that soldiers do?” many said that they help people.

I told them a story of a soldier I knew that was an engineer who left home to go and help people in villages across the world. He wasn’t there to fire his gun but he and others built wells to purify the water for them as well as build schools and hospitals for them. I also tried to get the message across that soldiers are not just people running around with guns but they help people.   They are doctors, nurses, engineers, police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and even teachers.

I then read them the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae.  this book has some wonderful paintings about the First World War.  I used it as a follow-up to the video and helped them listen to the poem.  

It is difficult to try to help small children between 3 – 5 years old to understand the importance of Remembrance Day. But hopefully this lesson is a beginning of their understanding on how import this day really means.

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