One of my very favourite stories to read for Remembrance Day is called Somewhere Today: A Book of Peace.
We read the story and then thought of what someone in the world could be doing today to make this world a more peaceful place to live.
And, my personal favourite...
Then we did a craft with the entire community and I hung them up along with the writing. This idea came from another blog (wish I could remember which one! I was so sure I had pinned it!) Let me know if you know who needs the credit.
Aren't they striking?
It was a very powerful lesson. One I find difficult to teach each year. It is so hard to understand the concept of "fighting for peace."
I mean, I have trouble with the concept. How to make this concept understandable (without being totally frightening) to 6 & 7 year olds?
It is a tough one but I really think that this year we did a good job of it. The community of students saw their teachers struggling to understand and explain a difficult concept. They saw their teachers shed a few tears talking about Remembrance Day. They understood the seriousness and importance of the day.
And, as a result, they were amazing in the assembly. Quiet, respectful, serious, thoughtful. I was so proud of them.