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The Battle of Britain

Almost every day has a special occasion attached to it.  For instance, the 15th September is both Battle of Britain Day and Batman Day!  If your kids are permanently glued to their mobile devices, why don’t you harness their device addiction and set them the task of finding out what each day celebrates?

 

There is plenty of information online.  Encourage them to find out the information behind the celebration.  For instance:

Battle of Britain Day

The Battle of Britain was a military campaign of the Second World War, in which the Royal Air Force defended the United Kingdom against large-scale attacks by Nazi Germany’s air force, the Luftwaffe. It has been described as the first major military campaign fought entirely by air forces.

 

Winston Churchill summed up the battle with the words, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”.  Pilots who fought in the battle have been known as The Few ever since; at times being specially commemorated on 15th September, ‘Battle of Britain Day’. On this day in 1940, the Luftwaffe embarked on their largest bombing attack yet, forcing the engagement of the entirety of the RAF in defence of London and the South East, which resulted in a decisive British victory that proved to mark a turning point in Britain’s favour.

Batman Day

DC, the comic originally published the first Batman cartoon on 20th March 1939; the creation of artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger.  They announced that 2019 will be a celebration for the 80th anniversary and that 15th September has now been designated Batman Day.

 

There are all kinds of interesting days including historical anniversaries, religious celebrations and activity-based days (did you know that 19th September is ‘Talk like a Pirate Day’ – Oh Ar – and 21st September is the International Day of Peace.

 

Give your kids the job of educating the rest of the family on whatever today’s celebration is over dinner each day and you could find that dinnertime takes on a fun and interesting aspect.  It’s something the whole family can enjoy and maybe even take turns.

Hidden learning

It’s not just entertainment for the family, but a valuable way of expanding your children’s knowledge of history and what’s going on in the world.  Teaching others is a great way to embed knowledge too, it works much better than just reading about the subject.