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Your 5th or 6th class child is probably learning about the Ancient Romans in school, but you may ask why learn about these people and this period of the past? It's because the Ancient Romans still influence the way we do things today.
From very small beginnings the Romans went on to conquer a huge area by 117 AD. The Roman empire covered what is now North Africa, almost the whole of Europe and parts of the Middle East. Everywhere they went the Romans built roads, buildings, and water systems for cities. They introduced new laws and systems of government, a new calendar, and the Latin language. Today the English language as well as French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian have many words with a Latin origin.
Encourage your child to find out more with this link from Ducksters. They can search many links to find out about the people, what they wore and ate, how they were entertained, about their armies, and to discover some of the mad, bad and good Emperors that reigned.
For a bit of fun, have a look at these Latin spells from Harry Potter.
Why am I doing this?
Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.
How can I do more?
Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing.
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