Observing Sept. 11th with Kids

September 12, 2008 at 1:03 am (Uncategorized)

Here is a list of ideas of ways to observe September 11th with your children.

  1. Have the kids make cards or treats and take them to a fire department or police department to tell them thanks for being heros!
  2. Spend time at church or home praying for our country, military and for the families that lost loved ones in the attacks.
  3. Go to a local cemetery that has a veterans memorial and spend time talking and praying for our country, military and the families of the 9/11 victims.
  4. Get together a group of homeschoolers and to to a nursing home and sing patriots songs to the residents.  (They enjoy visitors all year long!)
  5. Go fly a kite! Just a reminder of the world according to Osama bin Laden’s…
    “Instead of just searching for criminals, the night patrols were instructed to seek out people watching videos, playing cards or, bizarrely, keeping caged birds. Men without long enough beards were to be arrested, as was any woman who dared venture outside her house. Even owning a kite became a criminal offence.”
  6. Find a good children’s book about the events of 9/11 and read it as a family. Here is a place to start looking for a book on 9/11. http://www.teachervision.fen.com/us-history/lesson-plan/15429.html
  7. Put together a lapbook on the events of 9/11.  Hands of a Child sells one. You will find it here: http://www.theoldschoolhousestore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=590  

Thanks so much to my homeschool E-group for sharing several of these ideas with me! We will be doing number 3 today.


Happy Homeschooling,




  1. Anonymous said,

    Thank you for the great ideas. We will be at the fire station (where "Daddy" works) and have lunch with the fire fighters. Hung our flag and taught "America" to the kids. Over the next few weeks, we will learn the different military songs. I got the idea from the opening ceremonies of the fire fighter's convention. Thank you again.

  2. Anonymous said,

    Don;t for get about the military that is keeping us safe today. You could send a letter to a soldier. If you don't know a soldier over seas then find a unit that is over there and write a letter to the Chaplin or the Company Commander. He will givet the letters to soldier that do not have family or do not get letters. You can also send him a box to share with his soldiers.

  3. Amy said,

    Hi Jamin,

    I know you have such a wide resource in terms of the net. I wanted to ask if you knew of any books and/or websites that would be fun and appropriate to teach bits of history to a 5 yo.

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