How to Teach Kids About Veterans DayHere are a few ideas:
1. Have your kids write short articles or essays of how veterans are honored around the world.
2. Research how American veterans were treated after they returned from various military conflicts, (Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War). Discuss with your kids their findings. Talk with your kids about the way women and minorities have been treated that served in various wars.
3. Have children draw a picture of Veterans Day, and what this holiday means to them. Military children can draw a picture of a parent who is currently deployed, or a relative who has served.
4. Make a thank you card for veterans. Children can give this card to veterans that they know or to veterans who are listed through the local VA medical facility.
5. Have your kids make a colorful and fun poster with the names and pictures of relatives who are veterans.
There are a variety of ways to celebrate Veterans Day with your children. And teaching children about the significance of this holiday will help give them a deep appreciation of our nation's servicemembers and veterans.
And remember, teaching kids about Veterans Day doesn't have to be a "once a year" event. Find the time to fit it in regularly. We are our children's teacher and should never miss the opportunity to empower, educate and inspire our kids to greatness. Who knows? You might have a five-star General in the making!