This past April, Justine travelled to France to attend a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. In amongst the large crowd were 10,000 Canadian students. It’s clear that we have not forgotten the sacrifices made in the past (and present). This does not mean, however, that our efforts should dwindle, nor that we should wait until middle school or high school to begin these discussions.
We are entering the season of Remembrance; a time we remember those in the Armed Forces who have died while serving their country. Many children in our region continue to deal with a parent or other family member deploying overseas. This is a good opportunity to bring historical and current events into the classroom. We have several books and resources to help you.
- Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine
- Trenches by Terry Deary
- Remembering John McCrae by Linda Granfield
- In Flanders Fields by John McCrae/Linda Granfield
- A Bear in War by Stephanie Innes & Harry Endrulat
- A binder of resources from Veteran’s Affairs Canada that includes activity ideas for the classroom and information for your own (or older children’s) research.
There are also several websites with great resources, including: