We have been traveling through Ancient Rome lately following RC History Volume II using their book list and the Reading Your Way Through Ancient History list and our reading has taken us to some great discoveries that we wanted to share with you….of course we are adding to our Notebook of the Centuries and embellishing our History Notebooks with Maps, poems, prayers, rhymes, and clip art from Mr Google!!
A slave and a cripple,
A saint and a Roman officer,
An Emperor and a conspirator . . .
A city on fire!
This story meshes so well with out Ancient Roman Studies lately. We have many Roman books in the basket and we are devouring them. I am so glad we could add this book to our list. They have a very inexpensive study guide available that helps to flesh out the story. We used it loosely with everyone and it really made the kids ponder even more deeply the richness that this story had to share with us. The kiddoes drew a picture for every chapter we read (15 chapters=15 pictures) then used those pictures to relate the story back to me and explain the story (and what they thought of it, what it meant to them etc ) to their dad. Some of their renditions were very unique! …Not to mention the fact that it makes a great re-telling tool for the notebooks they whip out when grandma comes to visit!
Speaking of meshing stories together….this one goes with the other two too! …The First Christians by Marigold Hunt! We were reading this story alongside the Acts of The Apostles and plotting Paul’s course on a map!
But of course if you are going to make a trip to Ancient Rome, you better bring along your Tour Guide… Rome is a big place! Just use the Visitor’s Guide to the Ancient World and be prepared to learn by osmosis! This book is a riot! Not only can you ck out all the local customs of do’s and don’ts, you can also ck your map if you are ever to lose your way…after all …who needs to get hopelessly lost in history? With this guidebook, you will learn about what to wear, what to eat and how to eat it, entertainment, what to watch and what you might not want to…currency, handy words and phrases, pronunciation tips and more! This book is even Internet linked so you can go on a few trips and take in the sights without leaving the comfort of your computer chair! ..oh yes! it covers Ancient Egypt and Greece too!
Be prepared by reading ahead of the kids by reading Famous Men of Rome online (via the Baldwin project) or in print. (…ok ok…I know you don’t NEED to do this…but! It is a good excuse to read about some pretty interesting people.) We have both, but keep a handy tab at the top of our Firefox screen for easy clicking in between daily happenings. What a great place to read OOP (out of print) works! These characters make handy narrations in the notebook and their handsome countenance clip art images I copy to a Word document. I type while the kids narrate to me about their lives and we frame the images in whatever color or style the individual child prefers. The older ones have the option of keyboarding it on their own, but there is something about narrating TO someone that makes them much more creative…after all…who doesn’t like to pretend to be that important that they have their own personal secretary!! The child also picks the font type, size and color. These narrations look so professional!
If you are interested in joining the army, you might want to take a gander at the Roman Soldier’s Handbook (Everything a beginner soldier needs to know) before you put your X on the dotted line. You will learn how they wield their swords to how they impersonate tortoises… Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Army life …from life as a raw recruit to how to process in victory and everything in between! Know what you are getting into before you become a Legionary in the most professional army in the western world!
ooh there is more! But that is what we have been up to lately! Later I will share what the younger set (3, 6, 7 yo) are doing with all this information!