Deployment. It’s a word that more than 20,000 Michigan military children and youth are all too familiar with. Deployment involves the movement of military troops. For a child, it means one or both parents are away from home for an extended period. The situation can cause anxiety and confusion in children and stress in families.
Michigan State University Extension and Michigan 4-H Youth Development work to support military children and their families through programming and community education. Recently Michigan 4-H developed a series of family book sheets to aid children and families during the difficult time of deployment.
The 4-H Military Family Book Sheets help parents and guardians find books and activities to help their children during various stages of their service members’ deployments. Each book sheet contains a summary of the featured book, author and publication details, and activities that they can use with their children pre-, during or post-deployment to extend the message of the book. Parents or guardians can obtain the books that correspond to the book sheets through the local library, bookstore or online retailer.
Read more about the book sheets here.
Download the book sheets here.
The Michigan 4-H Military Partnerships goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being. Through the Michigan 4-H Military Partnerships, military youth meet other military youth and participate in a range of recreational, social and educational programs. Through these programs and 4-H experiences, military youth gain leadership, organizational, technical and life skills that they can apply to any real life situation.