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Making a Diorama of Dante’s Inferno

As promised in yesterday's post, here is how we made our diorama.  I had felt a little overwhelmed right from the start of this project and as I didn't want the children feeling the same I tried to break it down into manageable sections for them: First, we brainstormed all our ideas on the white…

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Literature Study – Dante’s Divine Comedy: Inferno

Dante is a risky piece of literature to study with 10 and 11 year olds.  There is much in there which I should thoroughly disapprove of exposing them to at their tender age.  And yet I have found myself drawn to the learning possibilities. In the Inferno, Dante wrote about his views on Hell, some think as…

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Picture Study: Botticelli’s Map of Hell

Source The parchment was completed by Botticelli between 1480 and 1490, using the technique of the silver tip and coloured pencils.  This will be the first time we have ever studied anything coloured in with pencils!  The Map of Hell is one of seven of Botticelli's parchments currently kept in the Vatican library in Rome. Although many artists have tried…

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Dante’s Divine Comedy: Setting the Scene

Source I know I've said it before but I LOVE our literature studies.  I read Tusiani's version of Dante's Divine Comedy aloud to prepare the children for a 10 week study of the Inferno, concentrating on Canto I with Dante the pilgrim becoming lost in the dark forest.  Studying the Divine Comedy with 10 and 11 year olds is a…

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Using Picture Books to Study Great Literature

There are affiliate links throughout this post, which our family earn a little bit of money if you click through using my website.  Thank you so much for supporting us in this way Studying Great Literature has to be one of my most favourite times in home school (along with artist study, A&P, any kind of…

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Plans for This Year

I can't tell you how excited I am about the next few terms.  We're moving into the Middle Ages, good and proper!  We will be studying from 1066 to 1465 and concentrating on British history, with a bit of European history thrown in for good measure.  As we learn everything bar maths and science from our…

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