I love homeschooling because it offers flexibility. Especially when we want to explore important topics at length, we are able to make this happen because we dictate the flow of our day.
Especially on days like today.
For all children born after 2001, September 11th is a historical event, not a memory. Subsequently, as parents and teachers, we have an obligation to share the history as well as the personal stories of heroism and unity.
9/11 is an intense and emotional event, therefore it’s important to share information at an age appropriate level. Like any good teacher, make sure you preview the materials before sharing with your students.
This Brain Pop lesson is for younger children and a simple way to explain what happened on 9/11.
If you need something more structured, Scholastic has a selection of lesson plans and discussion guides, as well as first hand accounts and a few videos.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum has a wealth of information which include, primary sources, timelines, lesson plans, oral histories and home activities.
Check out one of these books. The kids and I will be reading Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of John J. Harvey
As a family of shipbuilders and mariners, the kids and I will watch THIS, “the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan.”
For older kids, the History channel has a collection of videos, articles and resources.
Above all, find a pause in your day. Talk, share and remember.