I doubt that anyone needs a special day calendar reminder that September 11, 2001 is the anniversary of a major historic event. As homeschoolers, we learn about important events. Usually it’s not stressful to teach history, even though some of the world’s past is tragic, we still learn about those times. But, teaching the history of 9-11 is the most difficult subject that I’ve ever attempted to teach. It was such a horrible and painful day and that horror and pain is still fresh for so many.
Home educating parents are asking, ” How much are we supposed to expose our children to about the events and aftermath of this day?” I’m asking that myself. Even the minimal historic account is overwhelming. However, I don’t think we should just continue with school as usual.
My older kids remember vividly watching the news and seeing the devastation. They have had this topic come up in their current event studies dozens of times throughout the years. However, that won’t make reviewing this day any easier for them. My J isn’t going to be able handle much of this topic, just the bare minimum facts and a coloring sheet. Z, at 8 years old is going to have questions that I don’t have answers to. And this time there is no link to follow for answers.
As I’ve researched for 9-11 study helps, I’ve found these links. I’ve reviewed them, and parts may be helpful, I’m not in complete agreement with any of them. I will not be recommending these or perhaps even using them in our 9-11 studies, but thought I’d share what I found. I do stress that as a parent you pre-view before just pressing the play button and leaving your kids to watch.
An animated documentary explaining the timeline of 9-11 events http://www.brainpop.co.uk/humanities/historymodern/september11th/
Lesson plans including community helpers and art galleries suitable for all ages http://www.uen.org/core/socialstudies/patriotday/
Regardless of what I decide to use for the studies, I will be having the kids journal as part of the day’s assignments. I am pleased with the free printables from here. http://primarytreasurechest.com/topics/celebrations/autumn-celebrations/remembrance-day.html
Also, this link will take you to some basic facts, free printables, reading list, and poetry. http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/911/
A resource collection geared toward mature tweens and teens (adults, too) https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/09/11/911-remembrance/