Even though we don’t have cable television anymore, hearing about the September 11th attacks is practically unavoidable, as it should be. For those of us who lived through them, it was a scary and confusing time. For those who are just hearing about it now, it can be just as scary and confusing! Our children’s first major exposure to the facts about 9/11/01 happened this summer when we visited New York and saw the twin towers memorial under construction, the altered skyline, and the memorials under construction on the New Jersey side. Ever since then, Jedi has been very curious about what happened.
However, teaching about the events in a way that is not scary to the children is a large task…especially when two of those children are special needs children who see the world in a very different light. I spent several hours pouring over materials and previewing videos, and then being disappointed when almost everything I found would have been too scary or graphic for young children. I was going to teach about September 11th, no matter what I found though. 😉 Here is a review of our activities from this week…
Our unit this week covered a variety of themes in order to incorporate all three of our children.
The first theme was flags/patriotism:
The second theme was heroes, both local and those involved with saving lives on 9/11:
The third theme was diversity & tolerance:
The fourth theme was the actual events that took place:
Finally, we are planning on planting an oak tree in our backyard–an Oak Tree has been named the official national tree of the United States. 🙂