March 15, 2010

When in Rome...

After a quick week in Greece two weeks ago, last week we were on to Rome. The boys are so fascinated with Gladiators and the Roman soldiers. It's so fun to watch your kids love to learn. :)
Here's a look at what we did last week...

A couple of our resources:

Classical Kids by Laurie Carlson: LOVE this book! She has many others too that I'll use in the future also. She has tons of fun facts and even more really fun projects, ideas, and recipes to go along with your Ancient Greece and Rome studies.

Evan-Moore's Ancient Rome's History Pockets. I pictured some of the 'pockets' we made from this book below.

Like when we studied Greece the week before, we had a Roman feast last week also. I'll admit...this was not something I was super-excited about doing that day. It was Friday night, I was tired, it had been a long week. But, I did it. And when we were done I was so glad I did. The kids had a blast and it didn't kill me either :)

My first idea for the boys was to have them wear a (really simple costume) toga. But they were insistent that they dressed as Roman soldiers. Ooookay, like where do you come up with a Roman soldier costume? So here you have it: their daddy's white undershirt, armor from the dress-up box, and mommy's old valances safety-pinned to their backs. :)
I giggled. They loved it!

Here's a look at our dinner:

Bean salad and steamed artichokes

Hard-boiled eggs, olives, grapes, and a handsome-looking Julius Caesar in the background :)

Here's a peek at Noah's pocketbook:



This is a little project the boys did all by themselves. It's a catapult they each made and used to fling marshmallows at each other! Aren't they just the cutest?! I LOVE flinging food for the sake of education!

This is one of the projects found in the Classical Kids book I showed above.

So now we're movin' on. We've accomplished everything I was hoping to for history this year and we're going to end out our school year with some fun Geography, studying one continent per week and learning about some different world cultures. But before we do that, Jack has been begging to study DINOSAURS, so I think we can squeeze that in next week before we start our Geography unit. We're going to take it easy this week, focusing a little on Ireland, then we'll be moving on to dinosaurs. :)

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Brenda @ Tie That Binds Us said...

Yummy artichokes! And, of coarse they wanted to be soldiers! : )

Richele said...

Looks wonderful! We did a feast last year when we studied ancient history. That was so much fun...maybe I'll have to do another.

Angie @ Many Little Blessings said...

Wow -- it looks like you are doing some really cool stuff!

I have been torn between studying the ancients next year or finishing up American history. This made me excited for the ancients. Maybe I'll have to talk it over with the kids.

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