The project to produce the Primer was undertaken in an effort to recognize and record the extremely crucial role schools played in support the children of military service members during the Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Targeted to all school personnel and guidance counselors in particular, this primer is designed to educate, support, and affirm their future efforts.
The format emphasizes strengths, stressors, and strategies as we look at four major aspects of the military lifestyle: separations or deployments, homecomings, relocation and crises. An activities section is also included. It lists activities that teachers and counselors can use with individuals, or small or large groups of elementary school age children. These activities were designed to help children cope with adjustments that a military lifestyle can demand.