Monday, February 1, 2016

Our Exploration into Germany

We have spent the last two weeks exploring Germany. We began our unit by choosing our read aloud. We chose The Candy Bomber by Michael O. Tunnell. This is an amazing true story of an American pilot who brought joy to countless children in post war Berlin. I had a difficult time reading this story out loud to our children. I was moved to tears repeatedly throughout the book. It is amazing how such a simple act as dropping candy parachutes can affect so many people.

One of our biggest projects for this unit would definitely have to be our castle project. These castles were no walk in the park to build. Thank goodness for friends donating cereal boxes and paper towel tubes. These castles took about 4 hours to complete. Hot glue was a necessity!  

One of our Christmas projects this year was to make paper snowflakes. The instructions for this complex lace snowflake were passed along by a friend. We didn't realize until after we had completed the snowflake that it is actually a German snowflake. We absolutely love these snowflakes! We still have ours hanging over our dining room table. I figure a snowflake can be used as a decoration all winter long.

Lastly we have our German feast. We chose bratwurst and sauerkraut then added some spaetzli and waffeletten to round the meal out. Don't give me too hard a time about the lack of vegetables. We were in a rush to get to scouts on time.

We enjoyed our study of Germany and are looking forward to delving into Africa next week! I would love to hear how your family completed your unit on Germany.

2 comments on "Our Exploration into Germany"

Beth Mora said...

Great post! Sounds like a wonderful book! I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets moved to tears when I read out loud to my children! Thanks for sharing!

we3ernes on February 8, 2016 at 9:25 PM said...

Drat! I wish I would have known that you guys were doing this! When we lived in Germany the library had a special story time when the candy bomber himself (!) read us this story. One of the children from the book (now a grandmother) came as well. Our book was signed by both of them!


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