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twyliatepeka
civil war for a 5 yr old?
March 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM
How to break down the civil war for a 5 yr old(almost 6)??
gotta love her. Grace suddenly decided ON HER OWN that she was interested in the civil war. She has watched a video on youtube & an episode on netflix so far. Not sure where to go from there

We were on the way to town yesterday & she is sitting in the backseat rambling about a war. After several questions & some more rambling we discover she is talking about the civil war. Not sure where she got the idea from since we haven't really talked about it but she wants to dip her toes in and see what it is all about.

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  • bluerooffarm
    March 20, 2013 at 1:49 PM

     There are some great kids books (Follow the Drinking Gourd, Who Was Harriet Tubman, When Brother fought Brother, Abe Lincoln is Dead) that keep the uglies down to a minimum and cover the wherefores and hows instead. 

    Also if you can visit a battle field.  That was Awesome when I was a kid! 

  • No_Difference
    March 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

     I'm not sure how much content would be geared to younger ones, but it is all geared towards kids:
    http://www.civilwar.org/education/students/kidswebsites.html

    If you're near a battlefield, that's probably the greatest way! All national parks have the JR ranger pogram for free and it helps guide and gives more info about the park and its significance. Also, a battle field or place where a battle happened, many times a reinactment group will come through and give firing demonstrations. Harpers Ferry has a kids day and Jr Ranger days where there are more rangers around and more fun activities for kids on those days that talk out the past of the city, the battle, the citie's importance, etc. Last summer, they had camp set up and you got to see how they slept, ate, showered, etc. You were able to see a demonstration on field medicine. You saw how kids lived and games they had (and got to play them). You learned about the music that was played then. You could "sign up" to be a soldier. You learned about what the residence life was like, and the role of females during the civil war. It was really neat!!

  • twyliatepeka
    March 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM
    That stuff sounds like fun. Going to check that link too!
    We have a vacation coming up 1st of June. Since we will be in gulf shores we are going to fort Morgan while we are there. I am going to check for significant site in our area, we live in Alabama so I am sure there are a few near by.


    Quoting No_Difference:

     I'm not sure how much content would be geared to younger ones, but it is all geared towards kids:
    http://www.civilwar.org/education/students/kidswebsites.html

    If you're near a battlefield, that's probably the greatest way! All national parks have the JR ranger pogram for free and it helps guide and gives more info about the park and its significance. Also, a battle field or place where a battle happened, many times a reinactment group will come through and give firing demonstrations. Harpers Ferry has a kids day and Jr Ranger days where there are more rangers around and more fun activities for kids on those days that talk out the past of the city, the battle, the citie's importance, etc. Last summer, they had camp set up and you got to see how they slept, ate, showered, etc. You were able to see a demonstration on field medicine. You saw how kids lived and games they had (and got to play them). You learned about the music that was played then. You could "sign up" to be a soldier. You learned about what the residence life was like, and the role of females during the civil war. It was really neat!!


  • bluerooffarm
    March 20, 2013 at 2:56 PM

     In Alabama there's Day's Gap, Battle of Selma, Decatur, and there are three or four good sites around Mobile.

  • No_Difference
    March 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM
  • kirbymom
    March 20, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    You can go to your local library and check out some children's books on the civil war and even older children's books or some adult picture books. Plus, you can visit some websites online that talk about the civil war and then maybe you could print some pictires that she couild color and you could give her a few questions to answer on the other side of the picture. You can also pull off the internet some information that you can talk about with her and keep adding to this. Make a scrapbook/lapbook of the civil war so that she can look back on what she is learning and can even look at the pictures all the while adding to the knowledge base that she is learning to assimilate.  :) 

  • twyliatepeka
    March 20, 2013 at 3:53 PM
    Great replies! Thanks so much!! :)
    I am going to check out links & will be looking for stuff for a lapbook.

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