Remembering 9/11 in our Homeschool

Remembering 9/11 in our Homeschool  

When the events of September 11, 2001 occurred, I was home packing a suitcase.  I had recently retired from my 9-5 job, eagerly anticipating my new career as a stay at home mom.  We were scheduled to fly from Detroit to Russia on September 20th to complete the adoption of our first child.

Like everyone else, I was glued to the television watching the events unfold.  Not only did we not know what this meant for our country, we were frantically worried about what this meant for our adoption.  Of course, looking back, our concerns about grounded flights and delayed travel visas were pretty inconsequential in comparison to the loss of life and other destruction of that day, but at the time that was our reality.

Regardless of how one may feel about the actions of our government in the days following, there is no denial that for a brief period in our history our country was united.  Never before, in most of our lifetimes, had we experienced an attack of this magnitude on U.S. soil.

As homeschoolers, as U.S. Citizens, we need to be making a concerted effort to make sure our children know the significance of Patriot Day.  Our children need to know the stories of bravery and sacrifice, two of the many traits that make our country and the people who live here remarkable.

9/11 was our generations “where were you?” moment.  Most of us have very personal events that we can share with our children, unlike a majority of events in history, we were actually alive for this event.  We can describe how we felt when we heard the news and watched story after heartbreaking story of loss, kindness, and perseverance.

I often find it easy to introduce new subjects through the use of well-written picture books.  Here are three books that we have enjoyed reading and present the day in a thoughtful manner:

Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey

The Little Chapel that Stood

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers


Some other ideas for marking the day:

Here is a great resource for making a U.S. Flag Lapbook

Here are several easy flag crafts, here and here.

and we always enjoy incorporating a snack into whatever we are learning about.  Enjoy a flag cake, or for something a bit healthier but just as tasty, a fruity flag.

Spend some time memorizing the Pledge of Alligiance

Listen to and learn the words to the Star Spangled Banner

Jen can be found writing at Forever, For Always, No Matter What.



  1. Michelle says

    What wonderful ideas for remembering such an important day in history. While many of my kids were not born at that time I did have some of them and I think it’s important for all of them to understand the significance that day had in all our lives. Thank you for sharing such wonderful ideas!

  2. Shannon says

    I was just thinking about how to handle this today. Thanks for the book suggestions, I placed an order on Amazon already! I also found a good coloring book on CurrClick today. It was called “September 11 Coloring Book” and was only $0.50. It is perfect for the younger kiddos.

  3. says

    I was driving to work when the news came across the radio. Work was very somber that day as we all watched tv and listened to radio all day as we attempted to do our work.
    This year they have chosen to celebrate my grandson’s birthday on the 11th. His birthday is tomorrow. I can’t help but wonder if she chose the 11th on purpose. He will be 10 years old, so he was born just a few day before it happened.

    • says

      Marsha, I hope your grandson has a happy birthday! Thanks for the comment. It must have been a very interesting day to be at work, as no one would have been able to concentrate and get anything accomplished.