Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Middle Ages: castle life

Here's a link for a visual tour of an illustrated castle with a lot of fun facts for kids! Upon viewing the Great Tower, you can also dress a knight, which my boys especially enjoyed.

This site had a lot of fantastic Middle Ages links for kids. This term, because of the medieval emphasis and the fact that I have sons, I'm going to emphasize knighthood for its character benefits, and the site offers a printable kids' version of the Knight's Code--great for discussion:

* Be always ready with your armor on, except when you are taking your rest
at night.
* Defend the poor and help them that cannot defend themselves.
* Do nothing to hurt or offend anyone else.
* Be prepared to fight in the defense of your country.
* At whatever you are working, try to win honor and a name for
* Never break your promise.
* Maintain the honor of your country with your life. Rather die honestly
then live shamelessly.
* Chivalry requireth that youth should be trained to perform the most
laborious and humble offices with cheerfulness and grace; and do good unto

My son also had fun on this trebuchet game that touched on some light physics!

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