Sunday, October 9, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up (Expansionism & Appeasement WWII) - October 9

This week we continue our study of World War II.

Messerschmitt BF 109G-10
Did you know that the Messerschmitt BF 109G-10 was first flown in 1935 and became one of the most common fighter planes in history, towards the end of the 2nd World War production reached in excess of 33,000 units.  The G-10 version was developed late in the war it had a larger 1,475 HP engine and heavier armor-plating!

But first, The Nip Napper turns 2!

The Nip Napper turns 2!

The Nip Napper turns 2!
The week started a bit differently than most.  Instead of Monday being our usual, heavy duty, mega-school day, we shifted gears and made it a project day.  This is something I wouldn't normally do, but, it really was a lot of fun and charged up the kids for the rest of the week!

My two oldest decided to build their model airplanes and work together on a model of the Leaning Tower of Pisa .

wooden leaning tower of pisa
A work in progress!

My daughter and I started work an apron for her AND one for her doll.  We did get a good amount  done --- but, as usual, projects take a lot longer than planned!

matching Doll and girl aprons

This week also saw the kids doing a lot of reading.  My oldest in particular tackled the rest of Stalin, Hitler AND The Hitler Youth which lead to some very deep discussion.   It's almost surreal to him that the whole Nazi movement COULD happen and that so many lost their lives.  It made a bold statement to him not to follow any mortal man so blindly!

Hitler and Stalin - part of this week's selected reading
Hitler and Stalin - part of this week's selected reading

More reading about WWII
More reading about WWII

More reading circa WWII
Literature selection circa WWII

In addition to historical readings, each child took a book from above for their literature study.  With all that went on this week, we still need to sit down to watch "Sound of Music" together.

And, my daughter started the American Girl, Molly.

American Girl Molly
American Girl Molly

I do have to say that out of all the American Girls we've read/studied so far, Molly is our least favorite. There was a lot of boy/girl teasing/pranks in the first book that just didn't sit well with us.  (Though not an AG book, The Hundred Dresses touched my daughter with the hardships Polish immigrants suffered when they came to the US).

American Girl Molly
A little Molly reading!

Next week, more lapbooking for my daughter on her American Girl lapbook, my boys on their Modern History lapbook -AND - model plane kits from Consumer Crafts!

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