Using Literature to Teach Children About Real Life Heroes
Everyone needs inspiration. Teaching children about positive roles models helps them to understand the attributes of successful people. Children enjoy learning about real life people and brave people in their own communities. When teaching children about heroes it is helpful to share the dictionary definition with them so they can decide if they are reading about a hero.
A hero is:
Courage breeds courage. Bravery fuels bravery. In order to raise children to be brave and courageous, it is important teach them about people that have shown bravery and courage. Books offer a world of information to children about heroes all around the world. Students can read about greatly admired people that are know for showing great courage.
Parents and educators can read stories about real life heroes and discuss them. Students can be encouraged to reread the text closely and make a list of characteristics of people that have become heroes. Students can create research projects about a great hero, too. Classrooms can even have a "hero day", where they invite real life heroes into their classrooms. Students can prepare interview questions in advance and interview the heroes. They can share their responses in the classroom or school newsletter.
Recommended Reads About Real Life Heroes
Big Universe Learning offers a large variety of books about real life heroes. Schools and families can easily access several online books to read with children. http://biguniverse.com
Firefighters Then and Now
by Melissa A. Settle
Firefighters are community heroes and their job is to help wherever there is trouble. Firefighters must be well trained, wear protective uniforms, and ride on trucks that are equipped to fight fires. Firefighters and the equipment they use today have changed significantly over the years.