World Unit : France : World Wars


When we got to modern times in our reading of France’s history, we stopped a little.  I know I studied WWI and WWII when I was in high school (probably), but I hardly remember anything.  So, when we pick what to study next, I always have the kids pick what they really want to do, because I know we learn better that way.  

This time, I wanted to make sure we studied what we wanted to study about the World Wars.

But knowing we are going to visit France this summer, made all this history and geography and stories, and art so much more interesting, than if it was just reading and learning because someone else told us we should.  It made our studies so much easier and so much more fun.  I love it that we can do that.  It is much more relevant, and I know we’re learning better this way.


We focused more in WWII and here are the resources we used.


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On June 6th, it was the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and we read and watched online:

This summer we’ll be able to see some of the pictures and videos and monuments, I’m sure, of this celebration.  We’ll be arriving via ferry from England in Normandy beach.  It feels so lucky to be able to do this.  Study, learn, read books, watch videos, and then go see it in person.


2 thoughts on “World Unit : France : World Wars

  1. Erin June 23, 2014 / 3:10 pm

    Hi Marcela,
    Knowing your blog from Heather’s blog hop, I just happened by today (my back is out and I’m looking for entertainment). If you are interested, and can find a copy, you and yours might really like an old documentary film by Pierre Sauvage titled “Weapons of the Spirit”–its about the village of Le Chambon Sur Lignon, with about 5000 peasants living there. During the Nazi occupation, they managed (through a “conspiracy of goodness”) to save the lives of about 4-5000 Jews. It’s an uplifting story. It does also call the Vichy government to task for antisemitism and collaboration with the Nazis, but mostly it is an incredible and moving story about the power of ordinary people to do good.

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