Memorial Day Lesson Ideas

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Memorial Day is coming soon, so here is a round up of lesson ideas for you to incorporate into your homeschool plans.  I always like to create a Pinterest board when I’m trying to keep track of ideas for a specific topic.  You can find most of these on my American History board. These Memorial Day lesson ideas include virtual field trips, history on the holiday itself as well as our most famous war memorials, and crafts.

Memorial Day Lesson Crafts & Activities

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I love this free Memorial Day handwriting worksheet at StartWrite.  It’s a great little warm up activity.

 

 

Jenny K has created one of the coolest art projects I’ve ever seen called an agamograph.  She has a video explaining them as well as a special project just for Memorial Day.  I can’t wait to try this! She also has some patriotic coloring sheets available to download.

TheSimpleParent.com has collected a list of 15 patriotic crafts here that look like fun.

LMNTree has a great list here of fun books and crafts for Memorial Day lessons that are free.

History of Memorial Day

History.com has an incredible compilation of videos, photos, and information on the history of the holiday.

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This graphic from the Huffington Post is a wonderful visual of facts around Memorial Day.

 

 

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs also has information on the history of the holiday.

War Memorials

There are many great war memorials all around the country. Below are the sites for the major memorials in Washington D.C.  Many have virtual tours you can use as a virtual field trip if you don’t live in the D.C. area.

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The DC War Memorial

The National WWII Memorial

The Korean War Memorial

The Vietnam Memorial

Arlington National Cemetery has a page where you can see listings of famous veterans interred there.

How will you incorporate Memorial Day lessons into your homeschool?  What great ideas do you do with your kids to honor our nation’s fallen soldiers?

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Scripture to Memorize in December

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As many of us pause each week to consider the Advent and what the true meaning of Christmas is, it’s a wonderful time to memorize verses as a family.  The scripture to memorize in December follows the weekly focus of the traditional Advent. Each week has a new verse (from the ESV), and you can download the verses on a card to print and display around the house to make remembering them easier.

December Scripture Cards

Week 1 Hope: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

Week 2 Love: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13:34-35

Week 3 Joy: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalms 16:11

Week 4 Peace: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

If you’d like to learn more about why Advent is important, consider this article from DesiringGod.com. You can also find Advent wreaths at christian bookstores or online.

Books to Read in December

Books to Read in December

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For most of us, December is either time off from school or the time to wind down to the Christmas break.  It can also be a great time to spend cozied up around the fire (or the fan if you’re like me here in Florida…it’s a high of 84 tomorrow – ugh!) with the kids and a really great book.  Below are some ideas for books to read in December either as a part of school or just for fun!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

You can find many different versions of this Christmas classic depending on the age of your readers.  Consider having middle schoolers and above try the Dickens version.

Christmas Around the World by Emily Kelley

This is not a fictional work, but takes you on a trip around the world to see how others celebrate Christmas.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

One of my favorite books of all time, it’s not a Christmas story but there are several scenes in the book that are set in winter and Christmastime.

The Faber Book of Christmas Stories by Sara and Stephen Corrin

This is a collection of Christmas short stories for all to enjoy.

The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Everyone knows the story, but it’s always fun to read this one!

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers

This is a great way to introduce the beloved ballet story to younger children.  It’s also a great read before you go to see it live.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

Another classic that we all know, but love to hear over and over.

 

What books do you like to read in December?