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History and Soccer [Oct. 23rd, 2015|01:58 pm]
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 So Wednesday I was assisting a coach in a class of 2-3 year olds. This coach is older, from Italy, and we have some awesome discussions. And he knows I’m a huge history nerd. So he was teaching the kids, and as the lesson progressed we ended up with a floor of big cones with smaller cones on top of them, and he wants the kids to knock them down. So he says “thees is lahk Rome and…”—looks questioningly at me—“…the Phoenicians?” I laughed and said “the Carthaginians, actually, although they spoke Phoenician.” So then I start getting into it and I’m encouraging the kids to “sack Carthage, we have to sack Carthage! Make sure they never invade our peninsula again!” Now I’m trying to figure out how I can come up with a lesson that incorporates Roman history—I have two kids (not even related!) in my Saturday class of 4-5 years olds whose names are Cassius and Livia and I love to call her Empress. My Saturday classes are outdoors and there’s a slope nearby—I can possibly recreate Hannibal’s passage through the Alps. The sack of soccer balls could be the elephants…
 
 
 
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[User Picture]From: wonderpanther
2015-10-23 06:13 pm (UTC)
I am volunteer coaching my kids' soccer team and my only focus is to get them not to kill each other at practice -- you are of such a higher level at this.
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[User Picture]From: ceebeegee
2015-10-24 05:13 am (UTC)
I have another lesson where the kids save the Faberge eggs from the Cossacks. Although I should probably change that since the Cossacks were loyal to the crown...I guess I could say Bolsheviks, I just didn't want to get too political by mentioning Communists to little kids.

Although when I do stretches with them, at one point I say "the phone is ringing!" and pull my left foot to my ear and pretend to talk on the phone. "It's the President of the United States!"I tell them. "She wants to come over and make popcorn with us." Whenever a parent laughs knowingly at that I raise an eyebrow and say "we have full gender representation in this class." One parent actually complimented me on that and I said hey look, these kids are going to have a woman president sooner or later, might as well get them used to the idea.
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[User Picture]From: melebeth
2015-10-23 06:38 pm (UTC)
You are adorkable
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[User Picture]From: ceebeegee
2015-10-24 05:08 am (UTC)
Elizabeth, you know what's coming next, right? "Okay kids, we're going on a visit to Sicily in the year 1347, and a ship has just arrived from Kaffa..." I could have the kids smush imaginary plague-bearing rats with their soccer balls!
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[User Picture]From: melebeth
2015-10-24 01:30 pm (UTC)
LOVE IT
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