Celebrating Our Roots
The kids loved our last geography project so much that with The Netherlands celebrating Liberation Day on May 5 I thought it was the perfect time to do a Netherlands project! My own grandparents lived in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation and though I’ve never heard them speak about it I’ve read enough and saw enough to know why they don’t want to talk about it. When S. Geek and I vacationed in Holland several years ago our hotel in Amsterdam was just one canal over from the Anne Frank house, it was hard to imagine that such horrors could happen in such a place. I’m shuddering now, just thinking about it really, but while WWII is a big part of who and what the Dutch are, it certainly isn’t the only. Now Cake and Nay, know a little bit more about where our family is from and maybe a bit more appreciation.
What we learned:
Wooden shoes are called Klompen
The Dutch flag is 3 stripes one each of red, white, and blue
The Fryslân flag is blue and white stripes with red lilly pads
The Dutch monarch is Queen Beatrix, her daughter Princess Margreit was born right here in Ottawa
There’s nothing more Dutch than beautiful tulips!
Dutch farms use windmills to create energy.
And the cheese? Well…gouda is awesome!
What a fun project this was, highly enjoyable.
What’s up next? Hmmm, a cup of tea I think.