I have a long history of military family members. In fact, I have three active members in various branches right now. While we teach our children that God is our first priority, we also want them to know the sacrifice our own family members and those who have gone before make/made to help retain our freedom in this country.
Not being a military brat or member myself, sometimes I find it hard to teach my kids specifics about the different branches of the military. If my direct family isn’t in that branch, I most likely don’t know what they do or their rankings. So, I utilize the internet to help me teach my kids about the different branches.
That being said, there are several times a year it just makes sense to add in some patriotic and military-type studies. The first being Armed Forces Day, which is celebrated every year on the third Saturday in May.
Armed Forces Day is a great time to learn about the different branches of the military as well as what their specific realm of expertise (air, land, sea, etc.). Each branch has a primary function and mission, plus their own rankings and commander to which they report. You could choose to study one branch in particular or do an overview of them all.
FREE Printable Armed Forces Activity Pack | Happy and Blessed Home
U.S. Armed Forces: Fun Facts and FREE Coloring Pages | Learning Lift Off
Armed Forces Day Handwriting Practice Sheets | Student Handouts
Printable Armed Forces Songs | Mrs Breyne (TpT)
US ARMY SONG Easy Chimes & Bells Arrangement Caisson Song (Sampler) | Joyful Music (TpT)
Writing Templates for Letters to the Military | Teachers Pay Teachers
Armed Forces Day Coloring Pages | USA Printables
FREE Armed Forces Day Coloring Pages | Raising Our Kids
Free Printable Military Anthems for Armed Forces Day | Flanders Family Homelife
Armed Forces Word Search | Free Kids Crafts
Armed Forces Day Research Worksheet | Education World
U.S. Military: Activities and Worksheets | Enchanted Learning
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Armed Forces Day Crafts
Armed Forces Day Bear Craft: Navy & Air Force | Teachers Pay Teachers
Service Ribbons | Education.com
Soldier Craft | Education.com
Qualities of a Soldier Craft | Education.com
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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.