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Memorial Day Studies for Homeschool

In the Old Dominion, we live in a very diverse community that includes many military families stationed at various bases throughout our state. As homeschoolers, we have the opportunity to teach our children the importance of the sacrifices of men and women in the Armed Forces who have fought to protect our rights and privileges as United States citizens. These resources for Memorial Day include ideas for teaching your students the history and significance of Memorial Day, honoring the sacrifice of those who lost their lives securing our freedoms, and observing the holiday in a meaningful and respectful way.

You will find Memorial Day study resources at Mr. Donn’s site for kids and teachers. The links for teachers include The Learning Network at the New York Times, a free PowerPoint presentation, and free clip art, among other resources. For kids, you will find interactives and activities.

Memorial Day Studies of No Greater Love

Karen Ehman, writing for Proverbs 31, shares her thoughts on John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (NIV), especially as it relates to the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives in service to their countrymen.

This infographic introduces an overview of Memorial Day and 26 accompanying quotes on heroes, courage, and heroism attributed to United States fallen warriors.

Memorial Day Studies Commemorations

This American flag beaded safety pin makes a beautiful, simple accessory that could be given as a gift if you visit a veteran’s home or attend an event honoring military members.

Another way that you can honor and support our military on Memorial Day is to observe the minute of silence. In 2000, President Bill Clinton issued a memorandum that encouraged Americans “to pause for one minute at 3 p.m. (local time) on Memorial Day, to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom for all”. So take a moment at 3 p.m. and pray for our soldiers, veterans, and their families.

To add a literature element to your Memorial Day studies, check out one of the following books to help your younger students understand and commemorate the day.

The Wall by Eve Bunting
The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh
Postcards from Pismo by Michael Scotto
A Memorial Day Memory by Dee Smith

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