Adventures in My Father's World: Our next study was on the Vikings. I enjoyed this myself because this is not a theme I had ever explored during our many years of homeschooling. The kids learned that Christopher Columbus was not actually the first to "discover" America. I learned a lot, too! The word "viking" can be a verb like exploring, such as "Let's go viking!" or "Let's go a-viking!" I also didn't realize that Leif the Lucky and his mother became Christians, but his father Eric the Red did not. The kids were particularly interested by the fact that Eric the Red used an advertisement technique in naming "Greenland." He thought if it had "green" in the name, it would attract more people, even though it was icy like Iceland.
It was the perfect time to start reading the chapter book, Adventures in Odyssey Imagination Station #1: Voyage with the Vikings. This series is a Christian focused version of the Magic Tree House series. The kids really liked it. It is only 96 pages, so it was perfect for a weeklong-only theme.
Each kid made this viking craft.
From left to right: Tornado's, Sissy's, and Dash's. Sissy left off the hat so that she could have a girl. We made a purse for her girl Viking, but in true Sissy fashion, her weapons are also readily available in case they are needed!
We also watched Lyle the Kindly Viking!