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We are so fortunate to live in a country that’s not war-torn. Peace is something we can take for granted.

Remembrance Day is an important occasion to commemorate and explore with our children. It is a time when we honour those who have served and are serving in the military. It’s a time to remember and thank those who sacrificed their lives for the luxuries and freedoms we have today.

I decided to put together a list of activities which you could explore with your elementary-aged homeschooler. Feel free to pick and choose from this list and build your own unit study for Remembrance Day.

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Books


Writing

Encourage your child to write out one of the following poems:

In Flanders Fields

Little Poppy

We Shall Keep the Faith

Your child can write the poems on regular loose leaf paper or they can be printed on special notebooking pages.

Watch

Why Wear a Poppy (it’s Scotland-based but explains the meaning and purpose of the poppy)

Remembrance Day (a Charlie Brown clip)

Sing

Singing is a wonderful way to commemorate this occasion.

National Anthem

Little Red Poppy (lyrics provided)

Poppy painting with balloons - a Remembrance Day craft / Veterans Day craft.

Painting Poppy Flowers With Balloons

Create

There are a variety of crafts you can make with your children too. Here are some of my favourites:

Painting Poppy Flowers With Balloons | Ruffles and Rainboots

Poppy Pinwheel Flowers | Mum in the Madhouse

Painted Coffee Filter Poppies | Happy Hooligans

Poppy Wreath | Craft Caravan

Torn Poppy Craft | Housing a Forest

Melted Wax Poppies | Mum in the Madhouse

Poppy Art Paintings | Mrs. Landry’s Website

Poppy Field Printing | YouTube video lesson by wecreate lessons

Other Activities

Investigate if your city is hosting any commemorative ceremonies and plan to attend.

Watch a Remembrance Day / Veterans Day ceremony on television.

Visit a war memorial in your city.

The tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa.

Investigate one of these online war memorials / resources:

Scroll through this fascinating interactive infographic:

Remembrance Day – 18,000,000 Poppies and More Interesting Facts

Reflect:

It’s your turn. How do you explore Remembrance Day / Veterans Day with your homeschooler? Please tell us about it in the comment section below, and then share this post with your homeschool communities.

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Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of Deliberate Homeschooling, The Deliberate Mom and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about her homeschooling journey and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
 
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