So far, we've read about Rosie the Riveter and made 1940's style slacks from a homemade pattern for Cookie's Halloween costume.
We had our first Yule School, where Cookie selected certain Allied and Axis countries to read about their Christmas celebrations. We read about Norwegian, English, and German traditions from a really cool Rick Steves book about Christmas in Europe, and she gathered how some of the American traditions started. We also played Dreidel with chocolate chips.
We read a biography written by a British historian about Anne Frank. I am finding the European books and docs on the subject less harsh, yet respectful. Not as violent as Americans like their WWII lesson, i guess. :) After reading about Anne, Cookie decided she wanted to wait to read Anne's diary when she was older.
We've watched Sound of Music and a little bit of Life is Beautiful. I wish i had been clever enough to write down all the older movies we've watched related to WWII. Christmas in Connecticut, White Christmas, etc...lots of interesting stories that have fed Cookie's passion for all things 1940.
We also read a bio on Adolf Hitler. Cookie wrote a quick book report on it.
And we've been looking through old family photos with my folks, which Cookie has really liked. Seeing the photos of people in the 1940's has been a blessing. It helped us come up with the idea to finally get that timeline going. On a regular sheet of school paper, we labelled a decade (1940 - 1949, say), and in those years, we've noted who in our family was born or passed, married or.....whatever. Then the dates we read about invasions or battles or wars ending are mapped in the same pages, making history seem a little more real.
We found a really cool British t.v. show called A People's History Turn Back Time. That was a neat peek into what the average life was like for families in England. There is also a show i'd like to find in its entirety called The 1940's House, produced by a museum in Britain. Link to the Kitchen episode is here. There is another show called The 1940's House that is a DVD as well that we can find at our library.
We're about to start incorporating geography into our learning. I thought we would take a little longer break from our World War Two History for Kids book to cover some important geographical features in countries, so there would be some familiarity was we read through more of the progression of WWII. We are using maps from Home School in the Woods as our guides.
- 4/7 - England by books on the country and Stonehenge, major cities and rivers will be covered, and we will read Charlie and the Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl (Norwegian born in England, and considered a British authour...we will learn a little about him too.) I think we'll also use a little Google Earth to wander around London and historical sites, or watch a Rick Steves episode on England. I've also pinned a wonderful website on "How to speak British", that will give Cookie some fodder for her stories.