How do I teach preschoolers about Memorial Day?
I start at the beginning, with a great book that teaches children about America.
I teach them how to sing “God Bless America”,
starting by singing the book.
We then learn about the flag, and flag etiquette.
We count 50 stars for 50 states.
We call the flag Old Glory.
Practicing is fun.
By this time, children begin to feel proud.
They want more.
I sing the book, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
You can see how worn and well-loved it is.
The full-page illustrations bring the words to life.
We stop to see a flag flying at half-mast at the resting place of soldiers.
We see the rocket’s red glare.
On the last day of school before Memorial Day,
children wear red, white, and blue.
We host a school-wide remembrance,
and my classroom gets to hold the flag
and lead everyone in singing “God Bless America.”
We have a guest speaker from the military.
This year it was a Sergeant Major in the Air Force.
He spoke of Decoration Day, poppies, decorating rest sites,
and of course remembering those who served and protect us.
Finally, we plant flags in our garden,
so we never forget.