Should our pre-school do anything special on the Sept 11th anniversary?
It is important to answer children's questions if they're curious, but remember that these events may have happened 1/4 of their life ago. Younger children may not have specific memories of the events last year, but the anniversary may trigger an emotional memory. It is possible to see some signs of stress. It is also important to keep in mind with children this age that graphic details may be disturbing. Even an overheard comment from one teacher to another can activate a child's fears. If your pre-school would like to plan an activity consistent with other commemorative events, keep it simple - you do not need to address the specific events that happened. However, you may plan a day where the children learn about firefighters, police officers, or other civic leaders. Or you might present activities that emphasize that everyone is equal, even though no two of us are exactly alike.
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Last update: Wednesday, October 26, 2005