Activities to Celebrate the Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child, a time set aside to recognize and acknowledge the challenges these kids overcome and the unique situations in which they live. If you’re in a densely populated military area like me, you know all about this! And if not, you may find yourself with a couple of military students in your school at any given time. This is a great time to let them know you see them and their circumstances! If you’re looking for Month of the Military Child activities, I’ve got a sample outline of activities for a week of celebration!

Are you celebrating the Month of the Military Child at your school this year? Check out these day-by-day activities for the Month of the Military Child to let your military students know you recognize their struggles and their strengths!

Month of the Military Child Activities

While it is technically a whole month designated for acknowledging these kids, the schools I’ve been in typically prefer to set aside one week to really celebrate. And while there are plenty of times throughout the year when it is great to invite parents in and learn more about the service member, I like to keep the focus during this time on just the military kids. Here are some ideas for how you can celebrate the military kids in your school:

Designated Days:

Monday: Kick Off Breakfast or Lunch

Begin the celebratory week with a breakfast or lunch for all of the military students! Bring them together to create a bond and encourage connections while also letting them know you’re aware of their struggles and their strengths. At the breakfast, ask every student to label a world map with all of the places he or she has lived! You can display the map in a high-traffic area for other students to see.

Are you celebrating the Month of the Military Child at your school this year? Check out these day-by-day activities for the Month of the Military Child to let your military students know you recognize their struggles and their strengths!

Tuesday: Get to Know Me

Before the week, designate time for the military kids to create “get to know me” posters, brochures, banners, etc. to introduce themselves to their peers through the lens of being a military child. They can include things like where they were born, how many times they’ve moved, how many schools they’ve attended, how many different baseball teams they’ve been on, etc. They can include information on what it means to them to be a military kid or what it’s really like. Do it in school together with the counselor or let students do it at home. Then, during the week, students can present the information to their classrooms or grade levels during morning meeting, classroom guidance, etc. If posters are too much work, simply do a show-and-tell style activity where students bring in items that represent their life as military kids and talk about them with the class.

Are you celebrating the Month of the Military Child at your school this year? Check out these day-by-day activities for the Month of the Military Child to let your military students know you recognize their struggles and their strengths!

Wednesday: Collage Day

Ask your military students to bring in pictures that represent their life as military kids. Create a collage on butcher paper/poster to hang in a high-traffic area at the school. Students can add words or draw symbols around their pictures as well.

Thursday: You’re a Star Day

Invite your non-military students to write notes of encouragement to their military peers. Give them to specific students or hang them for all military students to see.

Are you celebrating the Month of the Military Child at your school this year? Check out these day-by-day activities for the Month of the Military Child to let your military students know you recognize their struggles and their strengths!

Friday: Purple Up & Assembly

This year, Purple Up Day is April 13. Everyone wears purple to show their support and solidarity with the military students in your school! Have purple ribbons on hand for students who want to wear a ribbon or who don’t have purple attire. Encourage non-military kids to reach out with encouraging words to the military kids in their grade level.

If assemblies are your school’s style, hold one to recognize your military students. You could have your non-military kids plan a recognition ceremony by calling out each military student and honoring them for a positive quality or trait they demonstrate. Or you could have your military students plan the assembly with some brief skits, songs, or poems about what life is like as a military kid. If you want to get parents involved, you could have your military parents plan a tribute to their military kids! Hand out purple carnations, purple lollipops, etc. to the military students to wrap up the assembly.

Additional Activities:

  1. Each day on the morning announcements, share a fun fact about 2-3 military students. For example, “Did you know Jaden B. was born in Germany?” or “While living in Hawaii, Cameron got to see an active volcano with lava flows!”
  2. Make a time-zone area in the school or classroom to note the time in places deployed parents are.
  3. Read-alouds: encourage teachers to read books about military life during designated times or use them for you classroom guidance lessons.

What Month of the Military Child activities are you promoting? How do you celebrate the military kids in your school? Let me know in the comments section!

Are you celebrating the Month of the Military Child at your school this year? Check out these day-by-day activities for the Month of the Military Child to let your military students know you recognize their struggles and their strengths!

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child? Check out these Month of the Military Child activities to let your military students know you see them!

SaveSave

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial
1 Shares
Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap