Studies have proven engaging children in reading helps foster greater brain development while also serving as a strategy for helping build positive relationships with children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading with children each day following birth to increase language development. In the classroom, literature can be used to encourage open discussions with children while also introducing new ideas or concepts into current curriculum.
When working with military youth, who often experience a multitude of feelings throughout the deployment of a loved one, literature offers comfort, understanding and awareness of these feelings. The lesson plans below, as well as the accompanying resources, all serve to help educators and parents begin fostering awareness of military life in their student’s environment while also improving literacy and comprehension skills.
Parents/Guardians: Please speak with your military student’s teacher(s) and encourage them to begin incorporate military-themed books in their classroom libraries.