We did SO many things in school to prepare for our trip to Italy.
We already use Story of the World for History, so we skipped ahead a bit to the sections on the founding of Rome, the rise of the Roman empire, and the Caesars. The activity book that accompanies our History book is chock-full of coloring pages, activity pages, and maps.
I got lots of great ideas for projects here:
We watched a few carefully chosen scenes from the movie ‘Gladiator’. I wanted Stomper (6) to really understand the gravity of what happened at the Colosseum.
We also knew we were planning on visiting Pompeii, and since my kids love the Magic Tree House books, I picked up this one:
Reading this book was such a great decision! The kids were so excited about Pompeii, and they actually knew what they were looking at. They kept saying “Look, Mom! Mount Vesuvius!!!”
We also watched this video tour of Pompeii with Rick Steves:
And we filled out our country fact sheet:
We also made pizza (and talked about its ties to the Italian flag). We learned about aqueducts – which was really cool when we saw one just outside of Rome. We talked about Vatican City, why it is there and why it is considered its own country. And we also covered a little basic Italian, which wasn’t too difficult since we are already learning Spanish.
I think that’s about it!