3 Ways to Teach Kids About Remembrance Day
On Nov. 11, help children imagine the bravery of those who serve their country with these three simple tips.
Honouring History: How to Teach Kids About Remembrance Day
For many children, the past can seem like a distant world. Bringing it into the present begins with the sharing of stories.
“Remembrance Day is about recalling the sacrifices your fellow Canadians have made, but also about honouring their courage,” says 43-year-old former soldier William MacDonald, who received the Star of Military Valour in 2009 for running through enemy fire in Afghanistan to save his comrades.
On Nov. 11, help children imagine the bravery required of MacDonald and others like him by learning their stories. Here’s how.
1. Make a Connection to Remembrance Day
Dig through your family tree to find a relative who was in the military. Failing that, search out a friend’s relative or someone in your town. Get information about when and where they served using Fold3.com and ancestry.ca/remember.
2. Make Remembrance Day Real
Pay a visit to a living veteran. It could be set up with the aid of a Royal Canadian Legion branch or a local retirement home; or you could meet with a modern veteran in your community. Through conversation, a soldier’s experiences come alive.
3. Make Remembrance Day Meaningful
Involve your child in a project. Create some artwork (the Royal Canadian Legion organizes an annual poster contest) or write a letter to a soldier (the Department of National Defence runs an online message program). Encourage your child to express his or her thoughts about the past – and to share them.