Tapestry of Grace Year 4 (Week 22) suggests that Lower Grammar kids read about Charles Schulz's comic strip and find a book of "Peanuts" strips. The strip began in 1950 and ran until Schulz's death in 2000. We have been reading the strips from 1967 and 1968, just because that collection was readily available from the library.
We don't watch TV, generally, so our kids haven't even seen the annual holiday "Peanuts" specials. They were all meeting Charlie Brown and Snoopy for the first time this weekend.
We sat down to read, huddled around the book on the couch, and the very first comic strip featured Snoopy as a World War I flying ace battling the Red Baron. Lane was hooked! Turning the pages we found Snoopy ice skating and hoping to go to the Grenoble, France Olympics. On the way he sings, "It's a long way to Tipperary..." which our kids thought was hilarious.
After that introduction, we augmented our "studies" with a quick Internet search.
"Lane, look, here's a Sopwith Camel bi-plane like the one Snoopy was flying."
"Hey! It has a target on it!" Lane noticed right away. Just like the Spitfire. "It's British!!"
Another Wikipedia search...
"Lane, here's the Red Baron and his tri-plane."
"Hey guys, listen to this song." I found a YouTube clip of The Royal Guardsmen singing "Snoopy and the Red Baron." We watched. And watched. And watched again.
"What about Tipperary, Mom. Can you find the Tipperary song?"
Thanks to Wikipedia, we were listening to it within seconds. All four kids huddled around the laptop grinning.
"Mom, can you find Snoopy singing it?"
"I don't know..." I hit YouTube and searched "Snoopy Tipperary."
"Well, yes, I can."
Well, not singing it exactly, but marching as Schroeder played it on his piano. (It's a clip from the Great Pumpkin special.)
If you hear Lane singing,
"Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
The Bloody Red Baron was rollin' up the score
Eighty men died tryin' to end that spree
Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany"
you'll understand why.
Meanwhile, Toby, who hates his winter cap, found a new reason to wear it this morning.
"Come on, Toby, put on your World War I flying ace hat and let's go get in the car."
Thanks, Mr. Schulz!