Growing up as a Viking

By Georgina and Emma

Viking Children

Viking children were given little Thor's-hammer charms when they were born to protect them in life from sickness and evil spirits. Boys were named after their fathers and girls were named after their mothers or grandmothers. Viking children didn't go to school. They spent their days helping their parents at work, and learned Viking history, religion and law from spoken stories and songs, not from books. By 15 or 16 they were considered adult.

Everyday Life for Children.

Children often went with their mothers and grew vegetable such as peas and onions. The also made medicine out of wild herbs. Whenever the men went away the women took over the farms. Boys were often sent away to live in foster families for a few years. A girls' father would commonly choose her husband and she would be married between the ages of 12 and 15.

When children grew up the most common jobs that they would have would be:

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Viking Runes

Viking runes were the viking's way of teaching. The basic alphabet consisted of 16 letters.

Bibliography

References

Bryan, V. (n.d.). The Vikings. The Vikings. Retrieved March 6, 2013, from http://vallepajares.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/family-life/

Kids Blog. (n.d.). Kids Blog RSS. Retrieved March 6, 2013, from http://www.wcl.govt.nz/blogs/kids/index.php/2008/04/28/vikings-runes/

Viking Ships and Shipbuilding. (n.d.). Viking Ships and Shipbuilding. Retrieved March 6, 2013, from http://www.danishnet.com/info.php/vikings/shipbuilding-155.html


an of course our trusty text book - Oxford Big Ideas Australian Curriculum History 8 by Maggy Saldas 2012 and more. 6-3-2013