VIKINGS

Just as we began this project, some other moms I follow on Instagram posted photos of dragon bread their kids had made. Well, we just had to make some.

I wasn’t happy with the dough we used, but have since found this recipe we will try another day. It tasted and baked fine, it just wasn’t easy to mold.

The girls made clothespin dragons whose wings flap as you open and close the pin.

Viking related books the girls enjoyed:

Elska (Horse Diaries series)
The Viking News
Leif the Lucky

I have too many grand ideas when it comes to themed lessons. Thankfully, Zack also has a habit of dreaming big and graciously helps me with any and all ideas I wish to see through. Like this longhouse.

I had planned for the girls and me to make this at home, like all of our other clay projects, but this needed a mind that understood the ins and outs of how clay sets and the best techniques to use. I wanted this to be both purposeful and last a long time. I designed it to be a candle holder and I’m pretty sure it will look perfect on the school table come Christmas time.

Zack ended up doing ninety-nine point nine percent of the longhouse project. It was a bit too much for the kids on account’a hot glue and dedicate fake moss being the main necessities when it came to aesthetics.

It worked out though because Zack seemed to have fun making it (like, a lot of fun!). It’s not often he gets to create just for the joy of it anymore (although, technically, this was a request he completed for me).

We made leather shoes. (The tutorials are here and here)

Mae says they are “So comfy!” with or without socks.

We also did a ton of research on the internet and read bits from various history books we have around the house.

Some sites we liked include:

This interactive one.
Vikings in a Nutshell via Youtube.
Viking beliefs – pre-Christianity (although I’m not sure they were doing it right…)
Some geography-related composers – Edvard Grieg from Norway and Niels Gade from Denmark.

We may make this Kubb set and learn the game, but I didn’t get around to it before I fully exhausted myself with Viking biz. (Exhausted from enjoying so fully). It is also for sale on Amazon, but that’s kinda cheating and Mae would feel jipped out of a sweet whittling opportunity.

We also had planned on making cardboard helmets (without horns as they did not actually have horns on their helmets) but it wasn’t necessary and cardboard equals kindling during this time of year.

We’re going to take a slight history break and study Abraham again for a little bit. But then, in November we will begin relearning about kings, queens, and medieval times – as well as current monarchy situations around the world. But, I’ma drag those lessons out for a couple of months and pace myself…if I can.

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