On Tuesday, November 3rd, we had an amazing experience to remember, to learn, and to teach our students about the meaning of Remembrance Day and why November 11 is so important to all Canadians.
The students at each of the RMS Preparatory Campuses had the unique opportunity to meet a great Canadian author, Lindsay Mattick. Lindsay Mattick is the great-granddaughter of Captain Harry Colebourn, the World War I soldier who found and trained the bear known as Winnie.
Lindsay wrote “Finding Winnie,” a children’s storybook about Captain Harry Colebourn’s bear, and how he would become the world’s most famous bear, Winnie-the-Pooh. Her storybook is full of beautiful and accurate portrayals of Canadian life and culture during the Great War (1914-1918). Lindsay encouraged the students to be courageous and to explore their own family history. The children remained engaged and respectful throughout the reading, and they were curious to learn more about the soldier and his bear.
This experience has given the students a more in-depth, yet age-appropriate, understanding of November 11 and its importance. Lindsay’s story was relatable to the children on many levels: each child was able to bond with either the child or the bear, or make connections with their own family history. After Lindsay’s visit, the students continued to have many questions. With Remembrance Day fast approaching, it was the perfect opportunity to introduce the topic and engage the children in further learning.