Our next meeting of American History Club will be presentations on topics of the children’s choice. That means lots of research and note-taking this week. Mr. Curiosity decided to do some German weapons used during WWI, while Miss Adventure decided to research Jewish holidays.
Before Mr. Curiosity decided on the WWI weapons he wanted to research, he had to figure out what weapons were used. For that, he read Weapons of World War I by Matt Doeden and Machines and Weaponry of World War I by Charlie Samuels. The Doeden book is for young kids, with very little text on a page and lots of definitions. Even so, it has lots of photos from the war and lays out what most of the weapons were for both the Allies and the Axis. It is one book in the Weapons of War series that covers everything from ancient to modern times, with many of the major wars America has fought in included. The Samuels book is written for an older age group, with more text and information about each weapon and machine. It covers everything from zeppelins to tanks to pistols to gas. It’s also part of a series (the Machines That Won the War series) that starts at WWI and ends at the Gulf War.
Miss Adventure went in a totally different direction, since the American Girl books she read didn’t touch on the war much. Instead, they focused on Jewish traditions. In that vein, she decided to look into some Jewish holidays. Unfortunately, most of the books written on the subject for children are pretty short on text and details. We started with A Sweet Year: A Taste of the Jewish Holidays by Mark Podwal. The book gave us an overview of all the holidays so Miss Adventure could choose what to research further. She decided to do the fall holidays, so we ransacked the library for more books. They’re all written for adults, so I have to help her interpret the information. It’s good practice for her, I guess.
And those are the books we used this week, linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
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