Holidays – Time4Learning https://www.time4learning.com Homeschool, Afterschool, Skill Building Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:31:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Veterans Day Activities for Children https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/veterans-day-activities-for-kids/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/veterans-day-activities-for-kids/#respond Tue, 07 Nov 2017 21:00:35 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=11410 The Importance of Teaching About Veterans Day in Your Homeschool Each year, on November 11, a Veterans Day National Ceremony is held at Arlington National Cemetery. At 11 a.m., a color guard made up of members from each of the branches of military service, honors the war dead at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. […]]]>

The Importance of Teaching About Veterans Day in Your Homeschool

Each year, on November 11, a Veterans Day National Ceremony is held at Arlington National Cemetery. At 11 a.m., a color guard made up of members from each of the branches of military service, honors the war dead at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Many homeschool families watch the service live on either broadcast television or as an internet livestream. Often, this event is the culmination of a dedicated homeschool study about veterans and Veteran’s Day.

The American holiday known as Veteran’s Day has its history in an even older commemoration known as Armistice Day. This day originally marked the armistice, or ceasefire, between the Allies of World War I and Germany on November 11, 1918. Although Armistice Day is still observed in some countries, following World War II, other countries developed similar, but unique, ways of honoring the service of those in the armed forces. In 1954, the United States officially chose November 11 as a day of observance for all veterans, both living and deceased.

Because of the importance of veterans to American history, Veteran’s Day is the perfect opportunity to explore the themes of patriotism, military service, war history, heroism, and freedom with homeschool students. Not only will they learn more about the sacrifice of our nation’s servicemen and women, but will also likely discover new things about themselves and their connection to their country.

Veterans Day Activities by Grade Level

You don’t have to be in middle or high school to do a dedicated study of Veteran’s Day. When teaching young children about solemn subjects such as war and sacrifice, it’s important to tackle the themes with care and an understanding of how much your child can handle without being scared or overwhelmed. To honor the men and women who serve in the military, homeschool families can find many age-appropriate activity ideas below.

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Veterans Day Activities for Preschoolers

One of the best ways to approach Veteran’s Day with preschool age children is by starting with some of the related vocabulary. Make sure that your preschool understands what words like veteran, soldier, military, and freedom mean. There are several great picture books that can assist parents with this goal, such as H is for Honor and The Wall.

If you search the web, you’ll also likely find some free printable coloring pages highlighting the significance of Veteran’s Day which will give you an opportunity to discuss the holiday with your young child. Veteran’s Day crafts for preschoolers are another hands-on way to introduce your young homeschooler to the commemoration. Ideas for those include:

  • tracing the symbols of each division of the armed services on tracing paper.
  • decorating your own paper American flag with dot markers.
  • creating a red, white, and blue decoration for the front door of your home to display on the day.
  • using red, white, and blue ribbons to decorate a wand or stick that your preschooler can wave at your local Veteran’s Day parade.

Veterans Day Activities for Elementary Students

Elementary level homeschoolers can handle a somewhat more in-depth study of the history of Veteran’s Day, but keep in mind many early elementary students can still be very sensitive to topics of war and death. You know your child best, and what information he or she can handle without reactions of fear. The Time4Learning 2nd grade social studies lesson plans include an interactive lesson on National Holidays where many of our patriotic commemorations are explained in child-friendly language.

For students who are mature enough, a visit to a Veteran’s Hospital or Care Center is a way to bring real life learning into your homeschool. Find out if your local homeschool support group has a visit like this in their upcoming plans, and if not, you can suggest it. If there isn’t a Veteran’s facility nearby, plan to take your elementary student to one of the local Veteran’s Day services so they can experience for themselves the patriotic display.

Other active ways that elementary homeschoolers can learn about Veteran’s Day might include:

  • sending cards to soldiers currently serving in the Armed Forces.
  • laying homemade wreaths or individual flowers on local graves of veterans.
  • learning some of the music and lyrics associated with the various branches of military service.
  • playing vocabulary and spelling games with a Veteran’s Day word list.

Veterans Day Activities for Middle School Students

Because they are often already studying either the Civil War or the two World Wars in their history curriculum, middle school is a good time to study Veteran’s Day in even more detail. At this age, students can usually handle more comprehensive teaching about the sacrifice of veterans and why it is so important to recognize their service with a dedicated day of honor and remembrance. There are several documentaries and YouTube videos created specifically for students, including History of the Holidays: The History of Veteran’s Day and What is Veteran’s Day?

After discussion of the themes surrounding veterans and Veteran’s Day, middle schoolers may best express their own feelings about the subject through writing. If you aren’t sure exactly what to have your student write about, Veteran’s Day writing prompts are a great place to start. Here are a few to get started with.

  • Investigate some of the benefits that veterans receive from the American government. Write an expository essay on one of those benefits.
  • Compare and contrast the purpose of the national holidays of Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day and how they are celebrated.
  • Visit a local veteran’s memorial then write a descriptive essay about the memorial including where it is situated and why that location may have been chosen, as well as details of the display itself.

Veterans Day Activities for High School Students

High school students have been exposed to Veteran’s Day celebrations throughout their school careers, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of ways teens can still connect with the history and importance of the holiday. Did you know that high school students are often allowed to volunteer at VA Medical Centers around the country? In fact, student volunteers are an important part of the treatment plan in many centers. Some of the VA Medical Center departments that often accept volunteers include:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Medical Administration
  • Audiology and Speech Pathology
  • Nutrition and Food Service

Students are given training prior to taking their assigned positions. VA Center volunteers may even be eligible for specific scholarships, such as the James H. Parke Memorial Youth Scholarship Award.

Speaking of scholarships, another way for students to both learn more about Veteran’s Day and give themselves a leg up with college is to research and submit patriotic themed scholarship essays. The Voice of Democracy (VOD), for example, is an annual nationwide scholarship program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The audio-essay contest provides more than two million dollars in scholarships annually!

When you’ve concluded a study of Veteran’s Day in your homeschool, you will have accomplished much more than just introducing your student(s) to the history of a national holiday. You will have given them a personal and long-lasting connection to every veteran they encounter in the future. Their appreciation of the service and sacrifice of our nation’s servicemen and women may have an impact on them for the rest of their lives.

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Earth Day Projects for Homeschool Families https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/earth-day-projects-for-homeschool-families/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/earth-day-projects-for-homeschool-families/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:30:52 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=9713 Eco-Friendly Ideas for Going Green This month we celebrate Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, it was started by former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to bring to light the importance of taking care of our planet. There are so many ways to nurture Earth and protect it. It doesn’t matter how old you are or […]]]>

Eco-Friendly Ideas for Going Green

This month we celebrate Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, it was started by former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to bring to light the importance of taking care of our planet. There are so many ways to nurture Earth and protect it. It doesn’t matter how old you are or where you live. Taking care of the place we call home starts in your own house.

Here are few tips and ideas if you want to do your part by becoming more eco-friendly. And, you don’t have to limit them to Earth Day; you can make them part of your daily life.

DIY Recycled Bird Feeder

You’ve probably been hearing about recycling for decades now, but it’s more than just tossing empty glass and plastic jars into that green bin. Next time your milk jug or soda bottle is headed for the recycling bin, turn it into an eco-friendly bird feeder. There are many ways to go about doing so, but here’s a pretty simple method.

  • Step 1: Cut a hole on one side of the bottle making sure it’s large enough for a bird to access and high enough so the seeds don’t spill out.
  • Step 2: Make two holes on opposite sides toward the top of the bottle and slide a sturdy piece of string through.
  • Step 3: Fill bird feeder with bird seed and then hang on a nearby tree branch.

You can always decorate the bottle using paints, stickers, and the like, too!

Earth Day Projects

Toilet Paper Roll Puppet

Don’t toss those empty toilet paper tubes in the trash…turn them into puppets! Not only will you reduce the amount of waste in landfills, but you’ll also be reusing and recycling too. There are lots of different characters to choose from, but we’re partial to Ed Mouse. All you have to do is print the template, color it, cut the pieces out, then glue them to your toilet paper tube.

Earth Day Projects

Eliminate Plastic Bags

When you take your weekly trip to the grocery store, bring along cloth or reusable bags. Plastic bags fill up landfills and can take about 20 years, sometimes even longer, to break down and decompose. Due to their lightweight nature, many of them end up in the ocean and other bodies of water where they are responsible for killing wildlife such as sea turtles, birds and fish. Get a selection of reusable shopping bags online or from your local arts and crafts store and use our iron on template to personalize your bag with an Earth-Day-friendly message; or decorate it using fabric markers or paint. If you go the iron-on route, make sure you check the packaging that goes with your color bag. Some are meant for dark fabric and others are intended for lighter fabric.

Earth Day Projects

Another way to go green is by signing up for Time4Learning. Our paperless curriculum is the perfect choice for families looking to reduce clutter and waste.

Learn more about our award-winning curriculum for PreK-12th grade and see for yourself how it works by viewing our demos.

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Show Your Support for Military Children This Month https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/show-your-support-for-military-children-this-month/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/show-your-support-for-military-children-this-month/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:24:37 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=9885 There’s quite a bit going on this month in the way of celebrations and holidays. One in particular honors and supports military children everywhere. April is Month of the Military Child. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, this month celebrates military children of all ages by supporting and honoring them […]]]>

There’s quite a bit going on this month in the way of celebrations and holidays. One in particular honors and supports military children everywhere. April is Month of the Military Child. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, this month celebrates military children of all ages by supporting and honoring them for the sacrifices they make.

Military children have a lot of challenges to overcome and stress to bear. Being the child of a parent in the military usually means having to deal with change on a regular basis, which can prove difficult for both younger and older children. There’s frequent moves and relocations, which often means having to start a new school, make new friends, and get accustomed to a new state or country, and perhaps even a new language. When a parent is deployed, these brave children have to go months on end without one or both parents. There is also the added anxiety and concern for a parent’s safety, especially if he or she is deployed to a country in turmoil.

This can be a lot for a child to take in, and by letting them know that we support them, they’ll know that they are never alone in their journey as a military child.

Purple Up! For Military Kids

Show your support and celebrate military child appreciation day on April 21st by wearing purple. In doing so, you’ll be letting the sons and daughters of service members know that you stand by them and thank them for their strength and sacrifices. Why purple? The color symbolizes the combined colors of all the branches of the military, so be sure to purple up on April 21st!

There are many other ways to show your support during military child month. If you or your spouse are not in the military but have friends or family members who are, offer to give them a hand with the kids. You can cook a meal for the family, offer to watch the kids for a few hours, or help with a particular household chore like laundry.

How Can Time4Learning Help Military Families?

If you’re a military family, we’d like to say thank you for everything you do and all that you sacrifice. Know that you have the support of those around you, and if you ever need a hand, rest assured we are here to help. All you have to do is ask.

We take pride in knowing that Time4Learning’s award-winning, comprehensive curriculum offers military families tons of flexibility. The web-based format means that you can bring Time4Learning wherever your orders take you, eliminating the need to start a new school with each move. Our engaging PreK-12th grade curriculum teaches math, language arts, science, social studies, and even foreign languages. Time4Learning also includes printable worksheets, lesson plans, and automated reports for parents.

More importantly, Time4Learning helps military children thrive in an environment that is often changing. Student-paced lessons allow children to move quickly through their strongest subjects and dedicate additional time to subjects that are more challenging. The latter can be particularly important for children who have had gaps in their academic school year for one reason or another. The online curriculum caters to today’s students, who are primarily visual learners, and helps them gain confidence in an independent learning environment. Time4Learning brings concepts to life with animated, fun characters rather than traditional lectured instruction, which can quickly cause students to lose their attention and focus. Time4Learning combines the technology kids crave, with the education they need to make learning fun.

Time4Learning is excited to support and celebrate military child month and we encourage you to do the same. Learn more about how Time4Learning can help military families.

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