World War I is an important part of history because it helps people to understand the reasons why wars begin, and it also serves as reminder of what can happen during the war. However, it is also important to remember World War I and the many heroes who served during it. As an adult, you likely have an appreciation for this fact, but now the time has come to start taking to your kids about it.
Speak with the School
Chances are, the school is going to cover World War I in its curriculum at some point. By finding out when that is, you can make sure you bring up the topic of World War I to your children before they learn about it in school. Doing so helps them to have a better understanding of the material in school because they will already have a basic knowledge of the event. Furthermore, you may want to find out about reciprocal activities you can do to supplement what they learn in school.
Read Children’s Books on the Topic
War is a sensitive subject to approach, especially because you don’t know how your children will react to the idea that such a topic exists. Therefore, consider reading children’s books about World War I to them. These books have been designed specifically for the learning needs of the younger population. Before you read them out loud with your kids, you can browse through them yourself. You may want to omit some information until they are a little bit older, but understand that they will eventually learn the realities of war.
Help Them Study
Once the topic of World War I comes up in school, they are likely to have assignments on the subject. They may need to prepare a class presentation on the causes and effects of the work, or they might have an exam that covers the specific details of the war. Helping them study will allow you to infuse your own knowledge of World War I into the discussions. When they are engaged with the material, they may perform better in school with these assignments.
Tell Them Stories
It’s entirely possible that one of your family members was in the war. You can tell them stories that were passed on from this family member. Make sure to show them photos so that they can make a clear identification of the individual. Perhaps you do not have any family members or family friends who were involved in the world. You can still pass on stories of what it was like to grow up during that time period. Giving kids a sense of the situation at the time can help them develop a deeper appreciation for it.
Visit Historical Sites
Another way to really help kids get as close to the war as possible is to take them to historical sites that are associated with World War I. You can go on WW1 tours at some of these sites, and you can speak with people who have a vast knowledge of the war. Explain to your kids how important it is to respect the individuals who fought in the war and how certain days exist where we pay particular homage to their memory. You may fear that you are upsetting your children, but they have to learn about the world out there at some point.
Show Them Images
Visualization is such an important part of the learning experience in the 21st century. In fact, your children have basically been taught to be taught in that way. Therefore, you want to see if you can pull up old images, charts or graphs that have to do with World War I. Telling the stories helps them to paint their own images in their minds, and showing them these images allows them to get a greater sense of what it was actually like to live and fight during that time period.
You probably consider war to be a sensitive topic to bring up to your children. As thus, you may have spent a good deal of time avoiding it. However, consider just how important it is for them to know about what war is and to appreciate the people who fought.