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When will you (if you do) start teaching your LO about national tragedies?

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September 11th, 2009, 07:05 AM
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I was teaching at the time of 9/11 and our school made the decision not to tell students in grades K-3, but we did tell the students in grade 4-8. I had just dropped my 4th graders off at gym when the principal told me and the pe teacher that the first tower had been hit.

It was a teachable moment, but I look back on it now and I'm not so sure that I'd want a school starting that kind of lesson with my boys. kwim?
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September 12th, 2009, 10:34 AM
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I think school age is a good age, but what you say should be age appropriate. The kindergarteners shouldn't get as much info as the 5th graders.

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October 24th, 2009, 10:50 PM
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I know this is an old post but an interesting topic. I think 5-6 is an ok age to start talking about it but it has to be explained at their level. I agree that the amount of information should be different. I am also of the thinking that it should be something that the parents are involved with or doing the teaching. But I am a very involved parent like that. I think it just depends LOL that isn't very helpful I guess.

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October 26th, 2009, 12:04 PM
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That's a really good question.

At this point, I have no idea. I know definitely older than my two are right now, but not sure when the right age is. Guess it would depend on their maturity level too.
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We had a really special moment at my daughter's kindy on 9/11. One of the girls had just gained a new baby sister and the teacher said: Some people would say today is a very, very sad day. And it is but it is also a very, very happy day because baby Charlotte was born today. Harriet is a big sister.

I thought that was a nice, brief way to say today is important because something sad happened, but today is also still a good day.
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November 4th, 2009, 03:02 AM
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We don't have real national tragedies that i can think of worthy to mention to her, after the WWII......so i don't know. I'll let it up to the school to simply teach her history.....not that she is gonna be too interested anyway

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