\r\nMore Than Just Axes and Longships\r\nby M. Kovacs\r\n\r\nPresently, the grade four class is deeply immersed in the Middle Ages. They are busily researching their characters, learning about what life would have been like a millennium\u00a0ago. A really important part of our study is learning about the feudal system -- how it came out of necessity but seemed far from fair for most of the population.\r\n\r\nFor much of February, we will be looking at one of the most polarizing civilizations in history -- the Vikings. Few others invoke such imagery. Horned hats (which aren't exactly historically accurate), longboats, and axes may be the most recognizable hallmarks of Viking\u00a0life, but they are far from the entire story.\r\n\r\nMuch of our focus will be on Viking trade and commerce, exploration and navigation, and the many epic sagas that have been left for us to enjoy. We will be visiting the Royal Ontario Museum, which has a special Viking exhibit, later this month. Details will follow in the coming weeks.