September 11th-How is it Handled in Kindergarten?


The Question:
September 11th is tomorrow.  What does everyone does with their students to acknowledge it ?
The Answers:
Michele Sum 
I talk about how important our flag is and what it stands for. We say the pledge everyday in my class.
Amy Kowalczyk 
I was just starting to search for some ideas myself. Would love to hear what others are doing.
Diane Smith 
We color a flag with the pledge of allegiance on the back.
Carolynne O’Neal 
With kinders I won’t mention it,  but during our moment of silence I will be praying. NYC is where I was born, I live in TN now.
Barbara Reid
 I don’t talk about it with my Kinders.
Edie Naylor
 I don’t talk about it with my kids. They weren’t born and they are too young to understand (we can barely understand, as adults). Saying the Pledge, just like every day.
Sue MacAvoy Sweet 
Our whole school does a red, white, and blue day; I ask families to mention it to their children if they think their children can handle it. We are in VA, only 30 minutes from the pentagon, and had many families affected by it, so a lot already know, but it is still a very touchy subject.
Shelly Hutton-Brennan 
This day is now being said to be a day of service. I think this is the way we Kinder teachers should look at it. It is too serious otherwise. But having a firefighter or police officer visit would be a great idea. You can discuss services that help others, nursing and such too.
Julie Peterson 
We do not discuss it with our kindergartners. Too young.
Liz Andersen 
The principal usually says a little something during the announcements. We, as a school, wear patriotic colors. In the past I have had students ask me questions about it. Some know the very basics. We will very, very basically talk, but of course I don’t get too detailed. We focus on why we need first responders and our military (I live next to a large army base).
Marie Anderson Mullican
 I read the book September 12: We knew everything would be all right.  It’s a book written by first graders.
Cheryl Dycio
 They are too young.
Debra Morrison
 We are making a flag and putting the Pledge on the back.
Deena Miller Tomshack
 I am at a Catholic school and we are having a prayer service but am sticking to community heros and celebrating the USA.  I also think they are  too young to get into details about the events that occurred that day.  Thanks for all the comments. Makes me feel better about not getting into it w/ out feeling disrespectful .
Michelle Roscoe Spatafora
 Nothing unless they bring it up
Laurie Burky Vosicky
We won’t really talk about 9/11 since the kids weren’t born then. However, we will pay tribute. It’s red, white & blue day at our school. We’ll talk about our flag and the pledge. We’ll also acknowledge it as a Day of Service. We’ll talk about what our soldiers, police, and firemen do. We will also draw pictures & write letters to the police & firefighters. In the afternoon, all classes in our school will line the halls and the police, firefighters, and service members in our community will walk through while we cheer them and give them our letters etc…
Heather Wells 
The last few years we’ve showed the Reading Rainbow that has a book about Sept. 11th. However, I’m in a workshop tomorrow and Wednesday, so I didn’t leave anything extra for my sub to do with them, since I’m sure they are going to be a little off, this being the first time I’ve been out since school started. I wanted to make things as easy on her as possible.
Karen Burnat 
I always read “September 12: We Knew Everything Would Be Alright”. I think it’s important to talk about the day and the reason why adults might be sad on September 11th. I have never had a kinder class since 9/11 where some of the kids hadn’t seen things on the news. It is heavily covered on TV and many of the kids will see things about it. I think small children understand much more than we give them credit for and I think it’s scarier for them if they think we are hiding things from them. Obviously, the horrid details shouldn’t be talked about, but general facts and allowing the kids to drive the discussion is appropriate. Many students have older brothers/sisters/cousins/aunts/uncles/etc. that are in Afghanistan. We are engaged in a war – a direct result of 9/11. Sad, but true.
Mindy Sidor 
We are making a patriotic (paper) quilt but I teach 2nd…they are also interviewing a family member about what their one word to describe 9/11 and then hanging them in hallway.
Anne Aycock Pulley
 I have red, white, and blue paint out, and they can paint a flag. I don’t talk about it, but I talk about our flag and the colors.
Celina Norris Davis
 We ask students to wear red, white, and blue. We take pics of them holding a small flag with their hand over their heart. Beforehand, we ask students who their hero is. We type that up, put on red, white, or blue paper with the pic. Then make a huge flag in the hall with that. (all kindergarten students are included in display)
Heather Jacenko Gauvey 
I might focus on the heroes of that day.
Virginia Olmstead Stewart 
Our entire school will celebrate Hero Day tomorrow,  complete with visiting firefighers, police officers and EMT’s.  K-2 made cards and 3-5 had an essay/poetry contest about “What Makes A Hero”. The winners will read their essays and poems at an assembly where we will present our cards. All students, K-5, will also sing a song for the visitors. We all wear red, white, and blue plus the visiting heroes will go to each classroom and read a book or speak about their jobs.
Nadine Inglis Berger 
I honestly don’t think I will bring it up…they are just too little to comprehend what happened. It was enough to be in the classroom and help the 5 year olds understand what had happened 11 years ago
Rebecca Stiffler Sanders
 We read a book called ‘September 12 – We Knew Everything Would be Alright’ It’s perfect for kindergarten-aged kids. I explain (at their level) what happened that day, we color a patriotic worksheet, then have a cut and paste red, white and blue heart with a star. It’s a perfect way to show our patriotism!
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