My sister sent me a neat Memorial Day idea: She had my sweet, adorable, four year old niece write a letter to a soldier. This can be a great opportunity for teaching penmanship, composition, spelling, history, politics, patriotism, geography (find Iraq or the location of the unit on the map), and many other things! Most of all, it can encourage our troops!
We used AnySoldier.com to get an address. (There are subcategories such as AnyAirman, etc). You can use a sorting feature to handpick a soldier by choosing which branch of military, gender, or where the branch unit is from, etc.
The girls will be writing their letters on Monday. Today we begin by praying for our soldier, and explaining (in child size bites) the war in Iraq.
(Ken is heading up the current-events discussion as we all roll balls for chocolate chip cookies and bake focaccia bread for the church potluck tomorrow. Yum.)