Teach­ing kids about Re­mem­brance Day

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Won­der­ing how to share the im­por­tance of Re­mem­brance Day with your kids? Here are a few ways to teach your chil­dren about the wars that shaped our his­tory and the rea­sons we pay trib­ute to the men and women who took part in them.

Par­tic­i­pate in Re­mem­brance Day ac­tiv­i­ties

At­tend a Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony with your chil­dren so they can emo­tion­ally con­nect with the his­tory we com­mem­o­rate on this day. You can also in­volve them in the other tra­di­tions of the hol­i­day like wear­ing pop­pies and hav­ing two min­utes of si­lence.

Read to them

There are a num­ber of books that teach chil­dren what Re­mem­brance Day means for Cana­di­ans. Pic­ture books are avail­able for younger chil­dren whereas chap­ter books can be en­joyed by those who are older. Here are a few sug­ges­tions:

Write and draw

En­cour­age your chil­dren to draw a pic­ture or write a story on the topic of re­mem­brance. They could also par­tic­i­pate in the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion’s An­nual Lit­er­ary and Poster Con­test, which is open to all Cana­dian school chil­dren from grades one to 12. Con­sult their web­site (le­gion.ca) for more de­tails.

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