We got to Rome! I am excited about this because it means we are nearing the end of our history book. I have loved The Story of the World and will continue next year with Volume 2, but it is nice to know that we are nearing the end of the book at the same time we are nearing the end of the school year...we did it!
*Of course as soon as we did a chapter in Rome and I got all excited, we moved to the far east to catch up on what was happening there...we'll be back Rome...we'll be back.*
Much of our early reading in the fall covered Greek gods. The kids really had a fun time with this and by the time the Greek history came up we were ready. So when we got to Rome we learned that the Romans adopted many of the Greek gods and goddesses as their own but changed names, and a lot of words for things like planets and days of the week and months of the year are named after these Roman gods and goddesses.
From the activity book we made little clay figures similar to the gifts the Romans would make and present in a festival to honor the god Saturn.
Used a reciepe that called for coloring the dough instead of painting...genius, no messy paint.
Everyone set to creating. My kids love dough play, though we did have a little problem with copying ideas. #2 copied #1's idea to create Saturn the planet so #1 copied #2's idea of the little person-looking thing. They got over it.
After some time in the oven to dry up and some time cleaning off a shelf for our display, we had a place for our Saturnalian Gifts.