Currently we are studying Ancient Rome and Volcanoes. I’ve already peaked ahead and we are suppose to make a “volcano pie” next week and I’m pretty excited about that. We have read a number of books about Pompeii and I really can’t imagine what it would have been like for those people.
We are also reading The Bronze Bow. Since I enjoy the fiber arts I thought we would all benefit from a trip to the local yarn shop that has looms on display. The kids took some great pictures and I’m hopefully that they now have a better idea of what Leah sat at and worked on. I was trying to find a local blacksmith so we could see what Daniel did but so far I haven’t had much success in that.
Here’s what our book list has included so far for this unit:
- Rocks and Fossils
- The Importance of Julius Caesar
- The Magic School Bus Blows it’s top
- Handel: Who knew what he Liked
- The Buried City of Pompeii
- You Wouldn’t want to live in Pompeii! A Volcanic Eruption you’d rather avoid
- Forces of Nature
We also listened to all of Handel’s Messiah. I can’t say it’s been a favorite part. I might have enjoyed it more if we would have just listened to it as oppose to stopping to read the corsponding scripture but I understand why that was important to do.
We were suppose to make mosiacs and while I collected more than enough eggshells and the kids did draw simple pictures, they just haven’t gotten done.
We are also reading Journey to the Center of the Earth. I must admit I’m stumbling over quite a few words in that book but the kids are listening enough to ask what some words like savant and miser mean. That’s always encouraging.
Well that’s about it. I getting four more books from the library today to help with our studies. As much as I would like to be wrapping this unit up I think it will go on until the middle of March. Then we’ll take a short break and continue to the next unit.