Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi ladies,
We’re just about wrapping our Ancient Rome study and I thought I’d share a little of what we’ve been up to.
For the most part, we’ve been notebooking throughout our study, and this works especially well for teaching multiple grades. My daughter who has dyslexia benefits more from note-taking and brainstorming so we do what works best for each child.
We also decided to tie in our Brave Writer partnership writing project with our study. The project required us to make a catalogue showcasing items from a time period of our choice. The kids unanimously decided to base on the catalogue on Roman gladiator weapons and we had an incredible time working on this, Allahumma barik! The kids each chose several weapons, and over the course of a few weeks we took notes, came up with slogans and taglines and compiled our ‘Gladiator Goldmine catalogue’. The kids actually enjoyed this project even more so than Arts and Crafts which doesn’t happen often. You can see a flick through of the whole catalogue on my Instagram highlights.
Although we weren’t covering Roman Numerals in our Math curriculum, we paused where we were and skipped to the Roman numerals section instead. We also did some extra worksheets, quizzes and make some flashcards. Of course, we had to change our wall clock accordingly too.
And although the kids have been drawing things from food to armour and amphitheatres in their spare time, making a model of a Roman village was just a must to appreciate the contribution Romans made to!!
You can read about how we made our model HERE. Easy, inexpensive but it came out brilliant alhamdulillah. You can use this time to listen to some audiobooks too, and I had several days where I read aloud whilst the kids continued.
There are plenty of resources out there too, and a lot of them are free! Check out the Resources page for more resources and (of course screen videos/mute music accordingly). And as with everything learning isn’t limited to paper. We’ve had some brilliant discussions about relating to leadership, ruling and equality and Islam, alhamdulillah. Overall it has been a great few weeks, and we are looking forward to starting the Middle Ages soon.
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