Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 41

Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 41 deals with communism again, namely how it crumbled in Europe but survived in China. Arguably the most impactful event of my life – or one of them, for sure – was the fall of the Berlin Wall. Romania left communism behind two months later. We knew our lives would take on a different trajectory than what we had thought previously.

Timeline book

Each child has one of these binders in which they place stickers with important people and events in history.

Did we do a craft? Nope. We did not connect with anything. We are just so close to finishing this book, we did the mapwork and called it a day. As we look to the future, we will go back to putting our timeline books to good use. And since we will be starting the whole cycle all over again, from the beginning, from Ancient Times, it will all make sense.

I showed the kids YouTube clips of the legendary Tiananmen Square man with his grocery bags in front of a tank. Also, we watched clips of the Berlin Wall being demolished by happy people on the night they opened up the borders.

Did I cry? Naturally. By now, the kids are used to it. They come over and give me a hug. My daughter said, “Go ahead! Have a good cry about it!” How sweet is that?

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