In our study of the Roaring Twenties, we learned about Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis. We read a picture book called Flight, watched The Spirit of St. Louis starring James Stewart, and found some additional details from the Charles Lindbergh website. Lane's draw and caption page is shown above. Third graders Hope and Sydney made a biography notebook page on the aviator and enjoyed finding a flight timeline online. In our study of Lindbergh, we also learned about the Curtiss JN-4 biplane, air mail pilots, barnstorming, and even St. Christopher charms.
It is a cliche, I know, but history is really coming alive as we study it with Tapestry of Grace. The combination of living books, picture books, and "spine books" about certain events come together to create an experience that impacts my kids.
The other day as I washed dishes, Lane sauntered into the kitchen and asked, "Mom, where is the Spirit of St. Louis today? Can we go see it?"
We will go see it, and many other things, when we visit Washington D.C. with the kids some day. But here's the thing: When we go to the Smithsonian, my kids will already know the stories that go with the exhibits and that will enhance the experience. I think the reason museums struggle is that the stories are missing. We shouldn't go to a museum to learn about something. We should go to a museum to see what we've already learned and add to that knowledge.