Last week, my cousin invited me to talk about Charles A. Lindbergh at her local homeschool co-op. As a homeschool mom, and a former employee of the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, it was a perfect fit.
The night before co-op, I drove the two hours to her house with my four children and we spent the night. Bright and early the next morning, we woke up to a raging thunderstorm! When I went out to my Suburban, we realized one of the kids had left the back hatch open and everything was wet--including my computer. Thankfully, it still worked, since my presentation was on the hard drive. All the supplies I had brought with for the project were damp, but still usable.
I spoke to three separate elementary classes that morning. The kids were respectful, well-behaved, and inquisitive. I had so much fun talking to them about Charles Lindbergh, his flight across the Atlantic in 1927, the craze that followed, as well as a brief overview of the 1920's, to give the children a place to anchor Lindbergh's story. After I spoke, we made Lindy Lids! A spoof off a popular hat women wore in 1927 after Lindbergh's flight.
I also talked about the 1920's and showed the kids what their life might have looked like if they had lived during the time when Charles made his flight.
We talked about how long it took people to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a ship, and how aviation changed the way people traveled. We also talked about the crazy competitions people participated in during the 1920's, like flagpole sitting and dance marathons, and how Lindbergh's flight was another one of those "crazy" competitions where a $25,000 prize was on the line and six men had died attempting to win.
At the end, we talked about Lindbergh's incredible fame, how millions flocked to see him wherever he went, and how people commercialized on his success.
We had a blast that day! I love teaching children (and adults!) about the things I'm passionate about. Charles Lindbergh fits right into my wheelhouse. :)
Your Turn: What do you love sharing with others? Do you teach? If you could teach one class, no matter the subject, what would it be?
Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events.
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