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American Heroes

I've decided what I'm going to do with my second graders to honor September 11th. I feel that the 10 year anniversary is far too important to ignore, but I'm concerned about sharing such painful events with young children.

Since they're way too young to discuss such frightening events that took place 10 years ago, I've decided to focus on heroes. 

The dictionary defines "hero" as "a person who is admired for courage or noble qualities" or "a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities"

Of course, technically "hero" is the male form of this person and "heroine" is the female form. We'll simplify things for my little ones by using the male form for both genders.

We might even bring up that the word hero also can describe a main character of a story. 

We'll have a discussion about what that means, and name some heroes in our school, community, and country. Then we'll do some pictures of the heroes in our lives while listening to patriotic music.

I'll probably cry. Patriotic music does that to me. 

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