Now he's a year older, and, thanks to "How to Train Your Dragon" he suddenly showed an interest in vikings. Could this be a way in?
Be A Viking! Postcard by thinkytees
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So, I decided to just...ask him. The coversation went something like this:
ME: We need to start history soon. Would you like to start in really ancient history, or would you rather start by learning about Vikings, and then we can go back and learn about other stuff later? Or we could start with learning about how America started?
HIM: So, ancient history is like...dinosaurs? (With excited look)
ME: Well, yeah, but we've studied a lot about that already. I was thinking about what came after dinosaurs.
HIM: Oh, like there's this extinct rhinoceros that...
(I cut him off)
ME: Actually, I was thinking about learning about people.
HIM: Oh. Well, Vikings are pretty ancient, aren't they?
ME: Yeah, they are. Though there were people before them. Like (I get out paper and draw a pyramid) one of the first civilizations were Egyptians...we learned about them in church. Do you remember when we did VBS and learned about Moses and how the Isrealites escaped from Egypt a couple years ago?"
ME: Remember when we set up all the tents and stuff..
HIM: OH yeah! I remember that!
(Our church does a Vacation Bible School where we do sort of a living history version of a different Bible story each year)
ME: Well the Isrealites had just left Egypt (I try to draw a Spinx to go with the pyramid). And after Egypt there were a people called the Romans. Rememeber the year before that when we did Rome in VBS?
(I pull up some pictures of Romans on the internet and then he remembers..."Oh, yeah...Rome! I remember Rome!")
This was the year our church "visited" Rome.
And then I pull up pictures of Vikings, and tell him that they came a while after Rome. And I pull up some pictures of Egyptians for him to look at...cause why not. When he sees the pictures of ancient egyptian stuff he gets all excited and asks "Can learn about mummies and stuff?!
Innermost coffin of Tutankhamun Postcard by bridgemanimages
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