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08 November 2008

Veteran's Day - Remembrance Day

Lest We Forget

We'll be learning In Flanders Fields this year for Veteran's Day. I have also decided to do something bold for our preschool co-op, instead of a nursery rhyme, we will learn the first stanza of In Flanders Fields and make paper poppies.

I found a few sites with some good crafts, but I think this site has the best. It includes a mini-book for the poem, and a page of crafts, plus several other activities. For the preschoolers, we'll cut 4 heart shapes from red paper and a circle from green paper then glue them together, it make a simple poppy shape. We'll also finger paint a poppy wreath. CC wanted to send home some poppy seeds with planting instructions, so we will see if we can find some seeds.

In case you didn't know, In Flanders Fields was written near the end of the Great War and poppy seeds will stay dormant under ground for many years until they are plowed up. It was common for them to bloom on battlefield grave sites.

by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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