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Month of the Military Child

April has been designated the Month of the Military Child. In our community there is a large population of military affiliated students. Local Education Agencies (LEA) receive Impact Aid from the federal government to offset the cost of public school educational expenses for military affiliated children. Some of this money is allocated to school libraries. Military children face unique challenges. They are faced with either their mother, father, or both parents deploying for long periods of time. This collection contains ideas, books, videos, and activities to use during the Month of the Military Child. Librarians can introduce this unit in the library and it can be followed up either in the classroom or continued in the library. It is important that military children no matter their age can see themselves in the books they are reading.

Ideas for Celebrating the Month of the Military Child 2019 This website has many ideas for activities associated with this event. The activities can be completed in either the library or in the classroom.
AASA Toolkit: Supporting The Military Child The American Association of School Administrators has put together a toolkit of how schools can support military children.
Month of the Military Child This is a brief history of the Month of the Military Child. Military child appreciation month, officially known as Month of the Military Child, celebrates military kids everywhere!
SGT Mike's Neighborhood Clips - YouTube If you live in the Ft. Bragg area, this puppet show can be scheduled through ACS (Army Community Service). This was a show that Lenny Gonzalez created as traveling puppet show that gave information to the soldier's children. He wanted to create a series out of it to put on the Bragg TV Channel. I really enjoy the fact that supporting a Garrison as large as Fort Bragg, I never know what is coming.
Countdown 'til Daddy Comes Home by Kristin Ayyar This is a book that can be used with young military children. Countdown 'til Daddy Comes Home is the story of a young boy waiting for his daddy to come home from a trip. To make their separation easier, his family creates rituals to stay connected and make the countdown fly by. Inspired by her experiences, Kristin Ayyar shares how her family copes with the separations that are part of everyday life.
Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin illustrated by Bryan Lando This is a book that can be shared with students. It is read on YouTube. Some superheroes wear rocket-propelled boots, drive super-powered cars, and have X-ray vision. But other superheroes wear army boots, drive tanks, and go away for long trips to make the world a safer place. It's a tough job, but that's what superheroes have to do. With Melinda Hardin's simple text and with Bryan Langdo's endearing watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, Hero
My Military Mom by Claudia Harrington This book is read by a student and can be seen on YouTube. Lenny follows Connor for a school project and learns about his life with a military mom.
Children’s Books for young children in military families This is a list of books to use during the Month of the Military Child.
The Month of the Military Child This site lists some ideas to celebrate and acknowledge military kids. DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity) joins the Department of Defense and the military community in honoring military families and their children for the sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.
2019 is the 33rd year of the Month of the Military Child Military brats make sacrifices too. In honor of this, this site talks about scholarship opportunities.
Military Families Resources for Young Children | Sesame Street Explore military parenting advice and tips to find information on self-expression, positive parenting, and answers to common concerns of Military families.
How Schools Can Support the Military Child - YouTube The American Association of School Administrators has released a new toolkit for school leaders on Supporting the Military Child at
How Wartime Military Service Affects Children and Families by Patricia Lester and Lieutenant Colonel Eric Flake This book discusses how a child is affected by their parent(s) deployment. Having some understanding of the affects is beneficial for both libraries and educators.
Effects of soldiers' deployment on children's academic performance and behavioral health Long and frequent deployments, with short dwell times in between, have placed stresses on Army children and families already challenged by frequent moves and parental absences.
Libraries Provide Stability for Military Children and Families | School Library Journal Amid the frequent transitions that military children face, libraries are often a welcoming destination. Librarians have been increasing their efforts to connect these families with a variety of services.
Serving Military Families in the Public Library Marry Virginia Libraries This article discusses how public libraries in Virginia are serving military families. What they are doing can be done in any library.
Military Family Appreciation; Military Kid; (Original Song) - YouTube This song is a tribute to all military children who have endured countless holidays, birthdays, moves and milestones without the presence of their active-dut...
Unique challenges military kids face This is a YouTube video. Children in military families discuss their experience having a family member overseas. Marysol Castro reports.
YA Fiction with Military and Veteran Themes (57 books) Military children are not just elementary aged students. They are also middle school and high school students. Goodreads has a list of YA books with military and veteran themes. For a school that has a high number of military affiliated students, these books would be a good addition to the school library or any library.
17 Ways to Celebrate the Month of the Military Child! This is a blog by My Military Life: A blog by the National Military Family Association. This blog 17 different ways to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. These activities can be held in the library.
PAPA'S BACKPACK by James Christopher Carroll Military Children's Book Read Aloud. Papa's Backpack honors the bond between a parent/soldier and a child, and acknowledges the difficult and emotional process of separation during deployment.
Schools strive to support the unique needs of military children - YouTube This is a YouTube video about how schools in Virginia Beach are supporting the needs of the military children in their area.
Wristband: Military Child Month (Purple) If your library wants to give something to military affiliated children, you can find a bracelet here. The first 1000 orders placed April get one free with your order! Or purchase one for a $3 donation. The $3 donation will go towards the outreach programs of


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