Children and Memorial Day

Patriotism is a constant thread in my classroom, from the American flag to singing songs.   Here are the children “flying to the red white and blue”:

These moments happen all the time.  They’re spontaneous and driven by the children.

We hold a school-wide Memorial Day Remembrance every year at the Memory Garden. Yes, our school really has a Memory Garden on the playground.  It is a lovely place to just be.  Classroom pets are buried there, and special stones are placed to remember a parent and also a child who died.  The plants and flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Today our This Land is Your Land quilt was hanging for the Memorial Day Remembrance.

My class always gets to hold the big American flag.  We’re the ones who wear the flag hats. A member of the military is an honored guest and plants flags in the Memory Garden with the help of children.

Children know that our Memory Garden is a place of reverence.  Watching a soldier planting American flags… they understand.

It was a very special day.  My children look forward to saying “thank you” to those brave men and women they see in uniform.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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66 Responses to Children and Memorial Day

  1. Ritu says:

    So lovely, Jennie 😍

  2. srbottch says:

    Terrific, Jennie. They will remember this forever. Thank you!

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Steve!

      • srbottch says:

        Every year, for Memorial Day at Woodland St School in Worcester (K-8), the entire school would gather in the schoolyard and sing patriot songs, including all the Armed Service themes, beginning with our National Anthem, under the leadership of our long time principal, Miss Lombard. When we finished the songs, the schoolyard got very quiet and a trumpeter, in the distance and out of sight, played taps. It was beautiful and chilling, as we paused and gave thanks to those who gave everything so we could do this. God bless America and every man and woman who served or is serving and proudly representing the USA.

      • Jennie says:

        Wow! How wonderful. I wonder if Miss Lombard passed down the tradition. I would love to have a bugler play taps at our event. That must have been been incredible. Yes, God bless America and all those who serve and have served. Never forget!

  3. Andrew Joyce says:

    What a great idea having a Memory Garden.

  4. GP Cox says:

    I always rave about how you help raise your children, Jennie. So many in the teaching profession could learn from you as well!!

  5. ksbeth says:

    how precious and wonderful

  6. Norah says:

    Wonderful, Jennie. It’s important to start them young.

  7. beetleypete says:

    Nice to see the kids enjoying the song, Jennie. I don’t think kids here sing patriotic songs at school anymore, but they do get reminded of Armistice Day, in November.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Pete. Patriotic songs are always popular, and children love music. I hope kids ‘across the pond’ do sing patriotic songs. We also have the Fourth of July, which is a celebration rather than a remembrance. Plenty of patriotism in a short period of time. Best to you, Pete.

  8. Darlene says:

    This is wonderful and I’m glad to see the quilt on display! Perfect!

  9. When I saw the title, I knew you would have the perfect post to commemorate Memorial Day, Jennie. Thank you. ❤ Sharing.
    Have a beautiful holiday weekend. 🕊️ Hugs on the wing. 🕊️

  10. Have a peaceful Memorial Day, Jennie. This was terrific.

  11. LLOL! They’re all going somewhere in Merica!! They’re so darn cute!

  12. CarolCooks2 says:

    How wonderful, Jennie and a lovely quilt..Your children will always remember these times with fondness and I hope will remember to always honour our soldiers 🙂

  13. Dan Antion says:

    This is great, Jennie. I loved the video. I hope you enjoy the day.

  14. So sweet and brings back great memories of teaching the little ones:)

  15. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, this is beautiful!

  16. Luanne says:

    How lovely and meaningful.

  17. Lotsa favs here – gardens, quilts, kiddos, and special holiday ceremonies.

  18. The quilt is wonderful, and remembrance we need to live in freedom in future too. 😍 Michael

  19. Patriotism is a very good thing to feel.

  20. How lovely that your school has a Memory Garden!

  21. You always teach your children the things they most need to learn outside of reading, writing, and arithmetic. What a wonderful experience that they have to remember forever, and you can believe their children one day will grow up and remember this too. Thank you for the most excellent service always and forever. Anne in appreciation of you.

  22. Léa says:

    The garden is perfect for reading as well…

  23. This is wonderful, Jennie.

  24. Katiedash says:

    What a great way to help the next generation remember who won our freedom! Thank you!

  25. Good for you, your school and great for them! Am so glad you posted this reminder that NOT ALL school administrations have drunk the “hate America” kool aid!

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  27. dgkaye says:

    Just beautiful Jennie ❤

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