When in Rome

 get down in the dirt

  Logan & I spent a marvelous six weeks traveling through Rome.  Our journey started with Charles Kovacs Ancient Rome  and ended in Pompeii.  I have to admit  Kovacs was heavy at times,but his detail of Ancient Rome captivated us.  One particular aspect that stood out to Logan was how the past helped shape so much of the future; especially when referring to warfare. We revisited Alexander the Great several times during our adventures.(much to Logan’s delight)

  We agreed before the block that this was going to be reading intensive, very little writing and the final project would be the recreation of Mount Vesuvius.  That was turned on its head the minute we opened Christopherus guide to Rome (let the drawing begin). I so appreciated Logan’s willingness to shift gears. When I added in some additional aspects, for instance spelling lists, verses and modeling there was no resistance. I have shared some of Logan’s work below; I hope you enjoy it!  This block seemed very daunting before we started, but I am so glad that Logan’s enthusiasm created a lasting memory for both of us.

As a wise woman once told me.” it is not the material it is the experience”. Thank you Alison Manzer!


Romulus & Remus


Mount Vesuvius

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

8 thoughts on “When in Rome

  1. Hooray! Thanks for sharing! Excellent main lesson book work! We’re still failing on that front. However we are enjoying Physics. Rome and/or school awaits us in the new year. We shall see. If we shift back into school we’ll have to study Rome on our own since the class at the school to be visited next week covered Rome last year.

  2. Thanks for posting this. Mount Vesuvius looks awesome – did you have some instructions for making it? How long did it take? Although we’ve a couple of years to go before we do this block I’m already feeling excited about doing this project after seeing this. Blessings, Cathy

    • The project took about 2 weeks mostly do to the drying of each layer. In addition to Mount Vesuvius Logan added some small buildings. We used a piece of wood so we had a solid foundation to build on. Logan then decided he would use chicken wire to construct Mt. Vesuvius, again this gave him a solid foundation. Next, he paper mached the chicken wire using old newspaper allowed that to dry a few days before adding the clay. The clay was tough but he wanted it to look as real as possible. The clay has to be very wet to spread and it needs to be in small sections, so to not tear the paper mache. That’s the ten foot overview:) I hope that gives you some ideas for when you do your project. Blessings Andrea

  3. Hello my fellow wise woman!
    Enjoyed seeing the fruits of your travels to ancient Rome. By the looks of things, Logan supplied you with some very nice maps to show you the way! You will laugh, but when I read the first sentence of this post -my first thought was that you and Logan actually had been hanging out in Rome… 🙂

    • That’s so funny; I wish we were in Rome together. It was such a blessing to have Logan take the lead; I could not wait to see where he was going to lead us. I thank you for giving me the courage to allow Logan to give us both an amazing experience through Rome

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