Remembrance Day Reflections at Footsteps
At Footsteps, the spirit of Remembrance Day is woven into the vibrant fabric of our proactive approach to teaching our children about the world around them – past, present and future. Our little learners have been engaged in thoughtful activities that not only spark creativity but also enable them to approach a complex subject with age appropriate access.
One of the highlights has been the artistic endeavor of decorating poppy biscuits. As with all our baking, we loved decorating these sweet treats with vibrant red hues, symbolizing the poppies that have become an enduring emblem of remembrance. The process was not just a culinary delight but a meaningful exploration of the significance behind the symbol.
Printing poppies using hands and apples added a tactile dimension to the learning experience. The imprints served as tangible reminders of the sacrifices made by many, creating a connection between our children and the symbolism of poppies on Remembrance Day.
In the world of play-dough, imaginations ran wild as children crafted poppies from this versatile material. The malleability of play-dough allowed them to shape their thoughts into tangible symbols of respect and remembrance, fostering a sense of understanding that goes beyond words.
We were also able to organise visits to memorials. The children, armed with wreaths made from their own red-painted handprints, lay their wreaths with beautiful behaviour of which we were very proud. The act of laying these wreaths was not just a physical gesture but a profound expression of gratitude for those who gave everything for the freedoms we cherish.
An integral part of the day was dedicated to practicing the art of silence. Through a moment of quiet reflection, our young learners grasped the importance of paying tribute to the fallen heroes. It was a valuable lesson in empathy and understanding, laying the foundation for future generations to carry the torch of remembrance.
Remembrance Day is not merely a date on the calendar; it’s a lived experience, an opportunity for our little ones to engage with history, to empathize with sacrifice, and to express gratitude through their creative endeavors. at Footsteps, we strive to impart not just knowledge but a sense of responsibility and respect that will echo through the footsteps of these our children for years to come.