Kindergarten Readiness – Explaining Remembrance/Veterans Day

Social awareness and development  is not just part of kindergarten readiness, it’s part of everyday. This day has special significance. Parents and teachers often look for resources to help explain Remembrance or Veterans Day to children so that it is meaningful for them. A simple place to start is with the poppy. Children already know about flowers and how they grow, not just in gardens and pots, but wild along the road sides, in fields and in parks. It is much easier to explain to children that a long time ago when there was a war many people died. In the fields around the graves, poppies grew wild and now, when we wear a poppy, we are thinking of all the soldiers.

We are also remembering why soldiers fought–so that we can live in peace–so it is important for us to remember and wear poppies and to think of how we can live peacefully in the world. That’s what we  think about when we have two very quiet minutes and why we wear a poppy. We will remember…

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