Today is Veterans Day, a day to thank and honor all who served (or still serve) in the military. Whether your children have the day off from school is a function of your state or local school district (with no legal requirement that schools close on Veterans Day, individual states or school districts are free to establish their own school closing policies). Here in New York City, the public, Catholic, and many charter schools are closed, but independent schools are open.
If your son is in school today, odds are some Veterans Day activities will be included in his school day. But what if he has the day off? Here are some activities you can steer him to or do with him:
VA Kids: The Veteran’s Administration has developed a series of websites designed to teach children about veterans. VA Kids K-5 has games and “Cool Facts about Veterans” for the younger set. VA kids, 6-12th grades includes games, VA volunteer programs and scholarship information.
Veterans Day Crafts and Activities: Pinterest has collected Veterans Day classroom activities from hundreds of followers, and presents them all here. While many of these are just inspirational examples of what others have done, included are some activities that you can do with your children.
Punctuation Tip: Did you know that today is “Veterans Day”, not “Veteran’s Day”? According to the VA, this is because “it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.”
All for now, GCP is still searching and will add to this list. Be sure to tell your kids to Thank a Veteran for his or her service today!!