It wasn't just Stephen, though. Even I was totally intrigued with the WWII Hands-On History Pack by Homeschool in the Woods. We learned so much from this project pack that I will not even be able to do it justice in this post. But because it's time for our annual yearbook via Blog2Print - and the boys are already asking to look though this year's yearbook - I am trying to wrap up these last few tidbits of our school year in a tossed-together, haphazard sort of way.
Ongoing projects for this unit were:
|Map Overlays of the Major Events of the European and Pacific Theatres|
|Another huge accordion timeline detailing WWII|
|and the Frontline News|
...soldier uniform overlays (you can download this activity for free: WWII Time Travelers History Studies Sampler):
...and Language Bingo:
...and WWII medals:
...and an entire study on a real WWII hero named John F. Ebel, 1st Lieutenant E Company, 351st Regiment, 88th Division "The Blue Devils":
We made ration books and token holders...
...and made a victory garden (This herb garden was my Mother's Day gift.):
We played some games:
|WWII Vocabulary Concentration Game with War Time Words,|
Military Words, and Home Front & Beyond
|Fight For Freedom Game (Stephen won playing against me.)|
And completed a ton of other activities, like propaganda posters and pinback buttons, a service record book, V-mail, women of WWII, Military weapons, the USO, FDR's Fireside Chats, etc., etc., etc.
along with a lapbook detailing the holocaust, POWs, K-Rations, and the rationing efforts taking place back at home to support the troops overseas.
When Gary returned from Tanzania, Stephen presented his projects to his daddy:
And finally, on June 6, 2012 (the anniversary of D-Day!), we shipped off a care package to a unit stationed in Djibouti, via anysoldier.com.
Great projects, great fun! We loved pulling out the Cycle 2 memory work from our brain's "file cabinet" and connecting it to the Cycle 3 history memory work as we completed these activities! And we look forward to coming back to this once again in Spring of 2014 (when we go through Cycle 2 once again)!