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Updated: 2011-10-01T18:01:31.375-07:00

 



I'm one who feels such topics are best introduced ...

2007-04-18T02:33:00.000-07:00

I'm one who feels such topics are best introduced when children are developmentally ready --- and in ample historical context. I've written about the Holocaust in particular (but think it applies to 9/11 too) in my book Seeking History and on my blog here:
http://medinger.wordpress.com/2007/03/26/the-holocaust-and-shoelaces/
and here:
http://medinger.wordpress.com/2006/11/11/the-holocaust-for-young-children/

BTW, I'm first generation American and my family on both sides is German Jewish (some were killed,some left, some made it through)and I live in NYC and experienced 9/11 and its still lingering aftermath firsthand.



It's really a question of who you are reading the ...

2007-04-18T02:09:00.000-07:00

It's really a question of who you are reading the book to.If the child has questions and wants to know about why attrocities have taken place, maybe books like these will help. When I think of the holocaust, my skin crawls to this day. Books like the ones you described will do a better job than text books can.

I want to share a book site with you. It will be a great resource for you.

Thanks!



Thank you for this post. It's a topic I've worrie...

2007-04-17T12:59:00.000-07:00

Thank you for this post. It's a topic I've worried about.
I don't know when my first-grader (in public school, attending Hebrew School on Sunday mornings) will learn about the Holocaust in school. I'm thinking I will not introduce it as a topic unless he hears something about it and asks me for more information. I will keep these lists until needed.

Do you have any similar thoughts on when to tell children about the September 11 attacks, and any books that might be helpful? Since my son was a toddler when they happened, he doesn't remember it and we've never discussed it with him.



This is a lovely post. I enjoy reading about how y...

2007-04-17T08:27:00.000-07:00

This is a lovely post. I enjoy reading about how you shared these books and stories with your students. I posted a poem sent to me by a friend for celebrating Yom HaShoah. It just happened to come to me on the day I took a photo of one of my first dandilions, and the poem was about appreciating small beauties in a concentration camp. It was very touching.