Discussing Veterans Day with children can be a difficult task.
However, there are ways to make it easier on parents. Resources such as videos and worksheets are great. This year, our family has had personal discussions about family and friends who have served in the armed forces to help understand.
Some facts to discuss with your children are:
- Veterans Day falls on the same day as Remembrance Day and Armistice Day in other countries.
- World War I formally ended on November 11th, at the 11th hour. It is also the 11th month.
- Originally, when known as Armistice Day, it was meant to honor those who died in World War I, but when it was amended in the early 1940s, it was changed to honor all the veterans who have served in the U.S. military.
- Veterans Day is sometimes confused with Memorial Day, however Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in the military and Veterans Day honors all those who have served in the U.S. military, alive and deceased.
- Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran from Alabama, came up with the idea in 1945 to honor all veterans on November 11th, not just the ones who had lost their lives in World War I.
Read more at http://www.softschools.com/facts/holidays/veterans_day_facts/159/
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This is an example of a typical summer homeschool day for us.
My son woke up this morning and asked to watch the Jungle Book movie. This most likely happened because he listened to a short audio version the night before for his bedtime reading. I consider this a parental win!
There are about 3 versions of this movie. We watched the latest remake made in 2016. The graphics are outstanding! There are lots to animals to spot and discuss. My son spotted monkeys, snakes, brown bear, flying bats and more.
After watching the movie, my son had a break with his toys in his room for about an hr.
*We often times do not follow a strict schedule. So while I’m working on preparing lunch or getting the afternoon lesson ready he will complete his math tasks for the day. Most days this lasts for about an hour depending on the lesson.
For this 4th grade year, I will not be “teaching” Math. All of the curricula mentioned is completed online.
We use a combination of http://www.teachingtextbooks.com, http://www.ixl.com, and http://www.khanacademy.com for the lectures and practice. Today my son used the latter and learned about Roman numerals. A subject in which he ASKED to learn.
Again, he ASKED to learn about that…
For the other subjects, we work out of the curriculum workbooks or find subjects from our library books to study about.
All homeschool activities were completed.