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:
Some other ideas for marking the day:
Here is a great resource for making a U.S. Flag Lapbook
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.