This is what I love about the homeschooling lifestyle. It’s not just school. It’s life.
Yesterday, we didn’t do a lesson plan to remember Pearl Harbor. We did not read a textbook. We didn’t even read a book about it.
As we were getting ready to run errands in the morning, we talked about it. The kids asked questions and I answered them. They asked about Hitler, and World War 2, and how close Hawaii is to Japan. We checked the globe to see why the Japanese were worried about the strength of the U.S. Pacific fleet.
At dinner, we talked about it again with Daddy. He told us about how his mother (Grandma) had a cousin who died on the U.S.S. Arizona that day. So we went to visit Grandma after dinner (she lives next door to us). She told us that her cousin’s name was Fred, he was 17, and he was in the bottom of the ship handing out fruit [apparently to the other guys for breakfast]. He probably never knew what hit him.
Since my husband has an extensive DVD collection, we got out the movie Pearl Harbor and watched the clip that shows the attack. It was a very vivid picture of what it must have been like. The kids were mesmerized.
I think, at the end of the day, the kids were more interested and informed about the attack on Pearl Harbor than if we had read a dry textbook about it and answered 5 comprehension questions.
This is why I love the homeschooling lifestyle. It’s not just school. It’s life.
My cousin Liberty wrote a great post about Remembering Pearl Harbor yesterday on her blog Freedom to Speak. Hop on over and read it!