Hello ladies. I've started to plan ahead for next month. I am interested in creating a military history module for my son. It is for our custom course we call OurStory.
Goal: to teach him about the branches and roles of the military, recent military conflicts and family members who have served.
I tend to teach from present day backwards. So I know I want to cover the conflicts in Iraq & Afghaniatan, Vietnam and the Korean wars. (We have family members who have served in these who are still living.) what other recent conflicts am I missing. I know there are more.
Do you have any suggestions, websites, documentaries, etc which you think would be beneficial to introducing a child to military history while not traumatizing him for life?I'm also open to teaching ideas. Thanks!
There are a lot of smaller conflicts like Bosnia and the first Gulf War.
The history channel has published dozens of movies and documenteries. We find a lot for cheap at dollar general or the $5 bin at wal mart.
My kids (9 and 10) watch them without any issue. (my 9y/o freaks at the ghosts in A Christmas Carol...) we've watched everything from weapons and machines of war to full length war documenteries on Vietnam and WW2.
If you have a miltary base near by check and see if they are doing an airshow in the coming months. I know both the Navy and Air Force are gearing up their flight demonstration shows soon. Even a trip to the local American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars posts could present some cool stories and information.
Depending on how old your son is have him watch the Military Channel. Maybe interview different members of the branches for their perspective on the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Do different wars and them have him do a report on his favorite war. Read up on biographies of famous Generals. If he has a family member in the military or former military interview that person about their experiences in the war. Go so far as to see if there any civilians alive from prior wars and ask if he can interview them.
You could cover different militaries throughout the world if you wanted to delve deep into History.