Yup! We went on a tour in Chester, of what once used to be a Roman village in this city.
Look at these Roman standards. Flags, banners, symbols of Roman honor and protected carefully.
Right behind where we were standing, the Forum and Market. As we are studying now, Ancient Rome, it makes it easier to understand what we saw. I wonder if we would have understood more of our tour if we would have studied Ancient Rome before we went on our trip to England, and to see this city remains. I bet we would have. But it is actually because of this tour, the kids decided to study Ancient Rome now. And it makes it fun to remember back to our guide and what we learned this day, making our studies now, a lot more fun, and much easier to have a picture in our heads, of what we are reading and studying about. So I guess it goes both ways.
Oh my goodness. So far, in these first 15 minutes I’ve been taken to 2,000 years ago and I can almost see it. Standing in front of pieces from that culture (replicas and all, are great and the best way to understand, right?) I would peak to see Lucas and Siena’s faces. They were captivated with all these stories. I was too.
It was such a perfect way we did our studies last year. We even went to the Greek Festival so we could try some of the foods and see a dance. Then, the kids noticed we had one of the books with Greek Gods. Yup! That was the beginning of Percy Jackson, and we’ve fallen in love with the books and Percy Jackson himself. And Poseidon of course, and Annabeth and Thalia and all the characters. And there are quizzes of who’s so and so god or goddess and who is the father of who. I know we studied it last year, but my brain for some reason didn’t retain all of the gods’ genealogy. But I have two experts in the house.
As we waited for everyone to arrive for the tour we chatted with him. Our Ancient Roman Solider is from Chicago (I know… coincidence, all the way in Chester, England we meet.) We laughed. We told him about our Ancient Greece-loving birthday girl and what could we do to give the Romans a try. So he told her “Can you give me this hour and half, to try to convince you about how cool the Ancient Romans were?” Siena answers with a laugh and a big smile but still wondering, “Sure!”
Brian, our guide was amazing. So knowledgable and also very easy to relate to what he was saying and be able to capture everyone’s attention. From the youngest to the older ones we were there. Even with the bright sudden sun shining in our eyes, we were captivated by his stories. So much fun.
More to come tomorrow. It was that good.