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    Lesson ideas using Superman comics

    As a kid I enjoyed watching Lois and Clark, or at least the first two seasons of it, but I never actually read any Superman comics. It’s only been recently with my kids interested in superheroes that I’ve started to learn more about them. At first I was thrown by the discontinuity of the stories. I tried to link things together looking for a big storyline, until I suddenly realized that like Archie comics, there isn’t one. There are story lines, but not one big single one. Suddenly I could start looking at the different stories for what they are. In the earlier Superman comics the little stories were similar…

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    Stories for children about the Netherlands during WWII

    We follow stories. An interest in Downton Abbey got the kids and I curious about WWI. That led to my eight year old trying to talk to a friend about WWI only to discover the friend knew more about WWII and nothing about WWI. So we had to learn something about WWII. We’re slowly watching through the mini-series Winds of War, but also looking for children’s books about the war. To my surprise I found at the local library three great children’s books about WWII and the Netherlands. Two of them are picture books and one is a chapter book. Blueberries for the Queen, by John Paterson, talks about a young…