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Friday, November 12, 2010

We Honor You

We took a break from our normal school work yesterday in order to spend the day learning about and appreciating our Veterans. I figured that since they have a grandfather and two great-grandfathers (one of which passed away last year) who are war Veterans that they needed to learn about the importance of this day.

First I read to the kids about the history of the holiday. Then we watched a couple of clips about it on the History Channel's website. We also watched a Youtube video showing the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.

At 11:00 am we observed a minute of silence.

And then I let them color for a while.





Then I taught them a song that we recorded and sent to their Grandfather and Great-grandfather to honor them on this important day.

Of course, I don't like to do things half way so I also took a bunch of pictures of the kids with flags.



I had every intention of editing the pictures over the top of them singing to make a cute little Veteran's Day salute. But my iphone captures video in .mov format. And use a PC. Which doen't play nicely with .mov. I downloaded a few file converter programs but after about 3 hours I was frustrated and gave up on the whole project and took the kids to a Veteran's Day concert instead.

Veterans Day Concert

I'm not sure if my kids totally understand yet, but I hope it's a start.

Glory, Glory Hallelujah


Liss said...

awesome lesson! i think you're doing great at this homeschooling thing!

orangemily said...

Great way to spend the day!
I loved singing in the Veteran's Day concert when I was in high school!

Andria said...

You're so cool and organized and you use holidays for teaching moments. Will you please come plan my lessons for me? Maybe then my students will be as engaged as your kids are.


And lovely, lovely pics as usual.