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1 How Can We Effectively Support Our Military Children Take a look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWYJIkPMcu8http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWYJIkPMcu8

2 Mission of Military Child Support The Mission of the Military Child Support program is to enhance the well-being of children by assuring that help in obtaining child support, including financial and medical, is available through locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing fair support obligations, and monitoring and enforcing those obligations. In addition to these core services, the child support program provides innovative services to families to assure that parents have the resources they need to support their children and raise them in a positive way.

3 Facts about the Military Child Approximately two million military children have experienced a parental deployment since 2001. There are currently 1.2 million military children of active duty members worldwide. Nearly 80 percent of military children attend public schools throughout the United States. The average military family moves three times more often than their civilian counterpart. The repeated and extended separations and increased hazards of deployment compound stressors in military children's lives. One third of school-age military children show psychosocial behaviors such as being anxious, worrying often, crying more frequently. 1 The U.S. military consists of approximately 1.4 million active duty service members and 810,000 National Guard and Selected Reserve. Active duty military families live on or near military installations worldwide. National Guard and Reserve families might never live near a military installation, and look within their community for educational services, friendship and support. A positive school environment, built upon caring relationships among all participants—students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents and community members—has been shown to impact not only academic performance but also positively influence emotions and behaviors of students. 2 Supporting the military child takes a school-wide effort, and professional development opportunities to inform school staff of the academic and social-emotional challenges military children face. Reference: The School Superintendent Association Website

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5 Teachers Help a Military child Adjust to a New School When They: Meet with the parents and child before he/she begins to attend, if possible, and talk about classroom routines. Invite parents to stay in the room for extended periods the first week, gradually reducing the time each day. Show the child where to find his cubby or desk, the coat hooks, soap, paper towels, and facial tissues. Let the child know that you understand that he misses his parents/friends. Assure his/her safety with you. Introduce the child to the group and mention something interesting about him/her that will engage others: “Laurie has a dog named Chip.” Assign a caring “partner” to help a new child find his/her way around.

6 Resources available for Military Children Daddy, You’re My Hero! and Mommy, You’re My Hero! by M. Ferguson- Cohen. 2002. Brooklyn, NY: Little Redhaired Girl Publishing. I Miss You Every Day, by S. Taback. 2007. New York: Viking Juvenile. The Kissing Hand, by A. Penn. Illus. by R.E. Harper & N.M. Leak. 2006. Terre Haute, IN: Tanglewood Press. Love, Lizzie: Letters to a Military Mom, by L.T. McElroy. Illus. by D. Paterson. 2005. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman. The Magic Box: When Parents Can’t Be There To Tuck You In, by M. Sederman & S. Epstein. Illus. by K. Stormer Brooks. 2002. Washington, DC: Magination Press. My Big Brother, by M. Cohen. Illus. by R. Himler. 2005. New York: Star Bright Books. My Daddy Is a Soldier, by K. Hilbrecht & S. Hilbrecht. 2000. New Canaan, CT: New Canaan Publishing. My Red Balloon, by E. Bunting. Illus. by K. Life. 2005. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mill Press. Night Catch, by B. Ehrmantraut. Illus. by V. Wehr-man. 2005. Lansing, MI: Bubble Gum Press.

7 Resources available for a Military Child (Cont.) Red, White, and Blue Goodbye, by S.W. Tomp. Illus. by A. Barrow. 2005. New York: Walker Books for Young Readers. Uncle Sam’s Kids: When Duty Calls, by A. Sportelli-Rehak. Illus. by G. Hinlicky. 2004. Island Heights, NJ: Abidenme Books. We Serve Too! A Child’s Deployment Book, by Kathleen Edlick. Wee the People Publishing, Eaton, CO. www.weservetoo.us When Dad’s at Sea, by M. Pelton. Illus. by R.G. Steele. 2004. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman. While You Are Away, by E. Spinelli. Illus. by R. Graef. 2004. New York: Hyperion. A Year without Dad, by J. Brunson. Illus. by Cramer. 2003. Dryden, NY: Ithaca Press. A Yellow Ribbon for Daddy, by A. Mersiowsky. Illus. R. Contreras. 2005. Phoenix, AZ: Veritas Media. You Go Away, by D. Corey. Illus. by D. Paterson. 1999. Morton Grove, IL: Albert

8 Resources available for Educators of Military Children Coming Together Around Military Families (CTAMF)—A three-year initiative of ZERO TO THREE, providing information and free resources. www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=key_military Deploymentkids.com—This site offers downloadable activities, including a time-zone chart, distance calculator, and spotlights on different areas of the world where a parent might be deployed. www.deploymentkids.com Educator’s Guide to the Military Child During Deployment—The guide offers specific and practical guidelines for administrators, counselors, teachers, and other school employees. www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/os/homefront/homefront.pdf Guide for Helping Children and Youth Cope with Separation—The guide gives information for parents, teachers, caregivers, and other adults who can help children ages 7 to 18 cope with separation from a parent due to military deployment. www.zerotothree.org Helping Children Cope During Deployment—Geared to the military audience, this fact sheet provides tips and information on how to help children cope during deployment. www.usuhs.mil/psy/CTChildrenCopeDuringDeployment.pdf Little Listeners in an Uncertain World: Coping Strategies for You and Your Child during Deployment or When a Crisis Occurs—Brochure is filled with tips of what to do to help a child cope with difficult times. www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/handout.pdf?docID=2381&AddInterest=1142 Military Child Education Coalition—Information and resources on how to assist children during the deployment. www.militarychild.org (click on Deployment/Separation tab at top of page)

9 Resources available for Educators of Military Children (Cont.) Military Family Books—Books and deployment kits for children and adults. www.militaryfamilybooks.com Military One source—Resources for military families on preparing and dealing with deployment. Mr. Poe and Friends Initiative—The initiative supports children and families of deployed service members. The Mr. Poe toolkit includes a 30-minute animated DVD, a welcome letter to adults explaining how to use the DVD, a facilitators guide, and handouts. www.aap.org/sections/unifserv/deployment/ysp-resources.htm National Military Families Association—Includes information on what to expect regarding communicating with the service member during the deployment, who to go to for information or assistance, and what support services are available. www.nmfa.org (Choose Deployment and You) Operation Healthy Reunions—This program from Mental Health America distributes educational materials on such topics as reuniting with your spouse and children, adjusting after war, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). www.mentalhealthamerica.net/reunions. (The article, “Reconnecting With Your Children,” appears at www.nmha.org/reunions/infoChildren.cfm.) Sesame Street Talk, Listen, Connect kits—Sesame Workshop and Wal-Mart stores partnered to create resources for military families coping with concerns experienced during deployment. Phase II will come out this spring with free bilingual kits designed to help children of injured veterans and other returning service members to adjust to the changes in their parents. www.sesameworkshop.org/tlc/index.php Single Parenting While Your Partner Is Deployed—Brief materials for family members explain an issue, offer suggestions on how to talk to the child about the issue, and describe how to get further help Supporting the Child Whose Military Parent Is Deploying: Tips for Parents—Geared specifically to the military audience, this paper presents 10 tips to assist parents to help their children navigate the ups and downs of the deployment cycle. www.cfs.purdue.edu/mfri/pages/military/Supporting_Children_of_Deployed_Parents.pdf Troop and Family Counseling Services for National Guard and Reserves—Offers 24-hour access to free counseling to help families through issues resulting from deployment. Call toll-free 888-755-9355.

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11 References Reference: www.Illinoisearlylearning.orgwww.Illinoisearlylearning.org Reference: www.naeyc.orgtwww.naeyc.orgt Reference: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pr ograms/css/military_handbook_final_201303 29_0.pdf

12 The Military Acronym Game To play this game, you will need the following items: A Military Acronyms Answer Key Cut outs of each acronym with points assigned to each acronym (ETS: End of time in service=5 pts) A box to place the acronyms into A place to record the students points (Smartboard or on regular paper) Students to play the game

13 The Military Acronyms Game Teachers would introduce this game after having spent some time reading a nonfiction story about a war hero or talking about the history of our nation. They could then use that information as background for this game. After sharing what each acronym means and how they are used in the military, the teacher would give the students an opportunity to see how many acronyms they could identify by pulling the acronyms one at a time from the box.

14 The Military Acronyms Game The students would raised their hands to give an answer and if correct, the teacher would keep score on the Smartboard. The student with the most points at the end of the game would receive a special prize. The students could then share stories about family members who are in the military or had been in the military in the past as a way to include and make welcome the military child.

15 The Military Acronyms Answer Key 1. ETS-End of Time in Service 2. BASD - Basic Active Service Date- The date you first entered the military. 3. TDY- Temporary Duty, usually a year or less. 4. WILCO-Will Comply 5. AO- Area of Operations -Where I am.

16 The Military Acronyms Answer Key 6. MOS-Military Occupational Specialty- My military job 7. RTO- Radio Telephone Operator- I carry and answer the radio for my leader 8. PCS-Permanent Change of Station. Going somewhere else. Me & the fam. 9. DEROS- Date return from overseas service 10. SOP- Standing Operating Procedure-Written manual on how my unit does stuff.

17 The Military Acronyms Answer Key 11. FOB- Forward Operating Base-A combat outpost during deployment. 12. ADVON- Advanced Party. The group that goes ahead to set it all up for everyone else. 13. ALCON- All concerned. Usually used in e-mail traffic. 14. BLUF- Bottom Line Up Front. Straight to the point. Usually used in e-mail as the first line. 15. TTP- Techniques, Tactics, and Procedures. How anyone (us, the enemy) does business.

18 The Military Acronyms Answer Key 16. IPR-In Progress Review- a meeting we have prior to an event to check progress and assign tasks, etc 17. TOC- Tactical Operations Center- That is where the headquarters is in the field 18. DOR- Date of Rank. That is when I got promoted (the day, month, year) 19. NCO-Noncommissioned Officer- The people who really make the Army, Navy Air Force, Marine Corp work. 20. AOR- Area of Responsibility- large area for division or higher.

19 Summary As educators, it is our job to make the military child feel safe and welcomed in our schools. We must be willing to do whatever it takes to support our students. A school that is inclusive of all and has an excellent academic focus is what our students need and deserve. The Acronyms link is: http://www.allacronyms.com/cat/2/popular


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