Must See T.V.

Friday night, 7pm. Dogfights on the History Channel.
“The men and aircraft behind the most intense air battles ever waged…
The new series DOG FIGHTS recreates famous battles using state-of-the-art computer graphics. With up to 25 percent of the program consisting of animation, viewers will feel like they’re in the battle, facing the enemy. First-hand accounts will drive the story. Rare archival footage and original shooting supplement the remarkable computer graphics.”

The Golfer discovered this show in a hotel room while we were travelling back from a trip to California. Hubby and I were in our room, and the kids were in the main area, on the couch/bed on the other side of some french doors. Noticing it was getting late, I walked in to tell Carter it was lights out time (the girls were already asleep despite the sounds of warfare from the TV set) and he was transfixed with the reenacted dogfights he was watching. So, I sat down to watch a bit with him and became equally as engrossed. Now, it’s a Friday night tradition!

This show set in motion The Golfer’s fixation on aviation warfare. Particularly those that happened in WWII. I’ve watched his interest bloom in so many areas because of his focus–geography (particularly in the Pacific but also the locations of the nations fighting in WWII), history (general warfare, also the dates of major battles of–you got it–WWII), math (comparing strengths and weaknesses of different planes, measuring distances between armies), & strategic thinking.

Interestingly, Hubby has sung a nerdy balladfor as long as I’ve known him, and now The Golfer sings it. Link through and scroll down to the sample of “Sink the Bismark” by Johnny Horton. It’s worth your listen. Here’s a link to the lyrics. And remember that yes, Hubby has sung this for years and had it on his playlist for as long as he’s had a playlist. Who can’t fall in love with that?!

(also, here’s a random link I found while searching for lyrics: A very modern video/song about sinking the Bismark. Kind of like a cross between a song from the group ‘Midnight Oil’ and a cool high school history film.)

Watching The Golfer’s interest expand in to so many different areas is precisely why I love our newfound ‘passion led (sometimes called child led) learning’


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