Thursday, January 04, 2007
How to Raise a Medievalist, continued
Remember those posts from the days of yore when I would talk about how I was molding Kid #1 to become a dessicated scholar of the moldy past like myself? Remember how I used a cute mouse to force Latin down his throat? Remember all those Horrible Histories?
Well, inspired by two new volumes from Terry Deary (The Stormin' Normans and The Smashing Saxons -- because Hanukkah has eight days, it invites giving series books ... and why not teach the Conquest from both sides of the divide?), Kid #1 has started to fashion little medieval soldiers out of construction paper, paper clips, and Scotch tape. Above you will see a scary creature that bears the label "Saxon Militia." Its sword can be raised and lowered using the protruding toothpicks so that he can battle the "Norman foot soldier" (not shown, but very similar in appearance).
As a footnote, last night Kid #1 sent a fan email to Deary saying how much he enjoyed his books, especially the gross parts. Deary wrote back almost right away (surprising, because the man has more than ten million copies of his works in print) with a personal and quite nice note. It was signed "Enjoy your reading, enjoy your life, Terry Deary."
Words to live by.
And, speaking of cute mice like Minimus: a strictly nonpedagogical one will be holding my family captive starting tomorrow. We will be traveling here, here, here and here, and we'll get there via this. If I do blog, it will be to the tune of "Supercalifragilistic."