Time for the Sunday Sweep! Favorite resources that fueled our curiosity this past week.
I'll be real: it was the kind of week where these simple things that brought me joy were like an oxygen tank on the top of Mt. Everest. So, without further ado:
Documentary of the week: The World Wars
This. Was. Amazing. From the same producers as The Men Who Made America, and featuring that signature mix of narrations, reenactors (who look so much like the historical figures, it's kinda scary) and interviews with historians and leaders in the field. This traces each of the major figures of World War II back to the Great War experiences that shaped them. So many interesting facts, but more fascinating to me were the embedded character studies.
-Churchill - First Lord of the Admiralty during WWI - orchestrated several high-profile disastrous campaigns, and after being demoted in the wake of their failure, he resigned from government and enlisted in the army, redeeming himself by serving in the trenches along with millions of other ordinary heroes.
-In the wake of WWI, Hitler was a wounded veteran, basically living on the streets. The army threw him a crumb of a job - infiltrating secret Workers' Party meetings in an effort to help quash the growing Marxist surge. But rather than reporting back to the government, Hitler found that the tone and tenor of the Worker's Party message resonated with his own resentment. He became a leader of the party, giving it a face, choosing it's new name, and branding it with the "logo" of his own creation - the swastika flag.
Game of the Week: Saboteur
We play games. Lots of games. Games for school. Games for fun. Amazon's recent deal-of-the-day featured board games, so now I'm broke...but I also own a bunch of cool new games. Saboteur was the first one we played out of our new stash and - oh boy - new family favorite. It's a game that mixes strategy, spatial reasoning, deduction and a hearty amount of bluffing. So much fun that we played it four times yesterday!
Although it's not a "math" game, I totally count all those rounds of Saboteur as math. And here's why:
Bonus Awesomeness: Mr. Bach Comes to Call
We've only recently begun an organized approach to appreciating classical music. We're starting with Bach (don't ask me why, I have less-than-pleasant memories of sweating my way through his Inventions) and I have found a lot to love. Maybe because I'm a sucker for people stories, I have so much more appreciation for his music feeling a little more friendly with the composer. We've played this album half-a-dozen times this week (at my 3 and 7 year old's request) and it hasn't gotten stale for me yet, either. Check out this audio drama interspersed with some of Bach's most beautiful pieces. The entire album is available for free on YouTube. Also on Google Music (if you have a subscription).
Don't forget to peek at my Instagram to see what awesome books we enjoyed this week. Got a favorite resource that fueled your curiosity this week? Leave a comment and point me in the right direction!
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