Preschoolers Thank Veterans

At school this week children made a giant thank you note and American flag for our local veterans.  Saying thank you is important, but this goes deeper.  Veterans and Veterans Day help me to teach children about core values; honesty, integrity, and service over self.

What is a veteran?  What did they do?  That was our start.  Next, we learned about the American flag, especially counting the stripes and stars.  I wonder how many children know that our American flag actually has a nickname.

Then we got to work.

Children decided what they wanted to say on the thank you note. I wrote their exact words, and they used markers to decorate the big note.

Cutting red strips of paper for the American flag was hard work.  Really hard work!  Children were proud of all they accomplished.

I had the privilege of delivering both of these to our local American Legion post, as they were preparing for their Veterans Day ceremony.  With Covid, the event was low key, so our delivery was a bright light.  As I read aloud the thank you note, I heard their sounds and words that told me this was a ‘big deal’.

They asked to take photos.  I asked, too.  And suddenly I heard, “Jennie!  Jennie!”  Eddie, a child in my class, saw me and rushed over.  There was the flurry of hugging Eddie (with masks) and questions “He is in your class?”  I stopped to show the American Legion officers the parts of the thank you note that Eddie had decorated.  The silence was grown men who were pretty choked up.

They wanted a photo of Eddie, too.  He is joined by his sister and a friend.

A thank you is sometimes the best gift of all.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty 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 am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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63 Responses to Preschoolers Thank Veterans

  1. Congratulations to a wonderful remembrance, Jennie! The handcrafted flag is also wonderful, and looks like in move. Michael

  2. Sue Vincent says:

    Not just grown men choked up here 😉

  3. Ritu says:

    I love how you celebrate with them 💜

  4. Dan Antion says:

    What as wonderful gesture by you and the children. Powerful lessons, reinforced by absolute appreciation.

  5. Darlene says:

    How special!! I love that you do these things with the kids. xo

  6. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you so much for this lovely post!

  7. at my last school the 4s did a Veterans Day assembly. The men and women who attended always thanked myself and the director and said how proud they were that these children are thanking them, thinking of them. So often we forget to stop and say thanks. We forget to teach children about the sacrifice. Thank you for taking the time to share this with your class AND those who served our country

    • Jennie says:

      I’m so glad to hear your 4’s thanked veterans. You’re right, instilling those values and teaching children that a thank you is a big thing is really important. Thanks, Lori.

  8. Well done, Jennie. These children will remember this “lesson.”

  9. That’s so uplifting and I need a tissue myself! 🥰

  10. quiall says:

    Sometimes the best gift you could give is a heartfelt “Thank you”.

  11. beetleypete says:

    So many lessons learned here. They will grow up remembering, and thanking your for those memories.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  12. What a thrill for everyone involved!

  13. petespringerauthor says:

    You are always great about teaching your students a little history and patriotism, Jennie. One of the things I miss the most is running into students like Eddie away from school. It used to crack me up when a student would see me in the grocery store and make a big deal about me being there. The other shoppers would look at me, thinking, “Am I supposed to know this guy? He doesn’t look famous to me.” 😊

  14. This is precious. Thank you for lightening my day, Jennie.

  15. A beautiful lesson, Jennie.

  16. How wonderful, Jennie. I’ve said it before but American nationalism always amazes me.

  17. rasleenspeaks says:

    That’s amazing.. what a beautiful flag they made !! ❤️❤️

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  19. Kally says:

    Awwww…. That is just so sweet! So lovely of you to do this activity with them.

  20. dgkaye says:

    A moving post Jennie. They are never too young to learn about sacrifice ❤

  21. sjhigbee says:

    A lovely, lovely article…

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