September 20, 2006

Is Our Childrens Learninj?

Me and my big mouth.

Because I possess such a Cliff Clavin-like hoard of useless historickal trivia, and because the Missus is sweet enough to still pretend to believe I know what the hell I'm talking about even after all these years, I've been drafted into restaging the Roman conquest of Britain as part of a class project at St. Marie's of the Blessed Educational Method.

You see, the Missus is doing a unit on medieval history with her lower elementary class this year. In order to set up the story, she plans to teach the kiddies about Celtic Britain, its subjugation and subsequent abandonment by the Romans and its eventual conquest by the Saxons. She came up with the idea of a pitched battle between Celts (complete with blue faces) and the Legions as a way of getting the kiddies enthusiastic about the project.

As regular readers know, the Eight Year Old happens to be in the Missus' class. I think she'd make a perfect Boadicea, as this suits her temperment to a tee. This year, the Six Year Old is also in the class. The trouble-making side in me is strongly tempted to draft her as Governor Suetonius and recreate the Battle of Watling Street in 61 A.D., where the Romans finally put down the Icenis' rebellion.

I can see it now, a small, calm, disciplined body of legionaires led by the younger Llama-ette taking on a howling hoard led by the elder. And defeating it. Call it channelling my inner Victor Davis Hanson.

Posted by Robert at September 20, 2006 08:18 AM | TrackBack

I thought the blue faces were just a figment of Mel Gibson's imagination?

See? The things I don't know...

You need to re-stage that for us too!

Posted by: GroovyVic at September 20, 2006 09:33 AM

Oh, man! I'm a Scot myself but don't get me going on my Longshanks was Libeled kick!

Posted by: Robbo the LB at September 20, 2006 09:39 AM

#1 on Google for "Montessori pitched battle" soon to follow, no doubt. Heh.

Posted by: The Colossus at September 20, 2006 11:00 AM

This is not something you should ge involved in... Talk about dissent in the family; you could have the ettes at swords length at bath time!

Posted by: Babs at September 20, 2006 12:30 PM

I'm afraid they're already there. We seem to have been blessed with three alphas.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at September 20, 2006 01:22 PM