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.
- WWII resources from the BBC.
- WWII Timeline and another one.
- This website for many ideas.
- WWII ID card templates.
- Make your own patch.
- Learn about messaging with Navy flags.
- Pick a word search from few themes.
- Recipes from that time.
- Rationing in clothes.
- You print this page with instructions to make a spitfire.
- Make a propaganda poster.
- Play a memory game with photos from that time.
- More activities.
- Video for kids.
- These videos of radio boradcasting: Declaration of War by Prime Minister Chamberlain. World War II Children by 14 year old Princess Elizabeth. “The Finest Hour” speech by Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
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.