May 28, 2011

Roman Celebration

Last night was our unit celebration about Republican and Imperial Rome. What I love about unit studies is that all of our kids can work on the same topic through all the disciplines: History, literature, science, cooking, art, and Bible. You'll see it all here. Most of the craft ideas are from Classical Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome and Ancient Rome!: Exploring the Culture, People & Ideas of This Powerful Empire.

The kids wore togas, recycled from our Greece unit celebration.

Toga Party!

Our ten-year-old son painted this mural of Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon. Click to see it bigger.

Crossing the Rubicon

This shield depicts a dragon burning a tree.

Roman Shield Craft

Roman army units used standards in the same way current units use flags. Our eight-year-old daughter designed the one on this table. I don't know if the heart on top would strike much fear in enemy hearts, but I sure like it.

Roman Standard Craft

This paper mache Roman helmet is a fairly accurate replica of a real Roman helmet.

Paper Mache Roman Helmet

We ate omelets sweetened with honey, the only sweetener they had in ancient Rome.

Honey Omelet

A little physics lesson doing target practice with this simple catapult.

Simple Catapult

Rich Romans wore gold earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and anklets. Our eight-year-old d.d. made this jewelry. She lost her beaded earrings and made these straw ones at the last minute.

Roman Jewelry Craft

The boys put on a gladiator show with swords, nets, and whips, and spears.

Gladiator Show

Dad read Mark Antony's "Friends, Romans, countrymen" speech from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. We talked about why God chose Imperial Rome as the time and place to send Jesus (Pax Romana, common language). It was a fun night to celebrate, share, and solidify what we've learned the past several weeks.

Classical Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome (A Kid's Guide series)   Ancient Rome!: Exploring the Culture, People & Ideas of This Powerful Empire (Kaleidoscope Kids)

Your comments are welcome!


  1. Oh my! What a fun way to learn history! I bet they'll never forget this! They are blessed to have a teacher with such an awesome teaching method!

  2. Fantastic, it is indeed important to make learning fun, and you sure seem to be having lots of fun hear