LatinSummer Charleston: Family Discussion
Read the Welcome Memo (.pdf) - A letter from the instructors of LatinSummer Charleston. Find all the details of the program here!
Each day, we will send home with your child a sheet of questions designed to stimulate family discussion about the topics learned in LatinSummer. We suggest using these questions on a nightly basis not only to review but also to gain insight into your child's experiences at LatinSummer. You may download your Family Discussion Questions by clicking here (.pdf).July 18: Names, Greetings, Family
- How would you greet someone in Latin?
- Explain to your parents how long ago the Ancient Romans lived.
- What is different about how you say the letter "v" in Latin?
- How are Roman names similar to our modern names? How are they different?
- Can you list the different members of your family, using Latin words?
- Tell your family two foods or colors you learned in Latin, and explain two English words that come from these Latin words.
- If you have a pet, what is the Latin word for your pet?
- What did the Romans usually eat? How did they usually eat?
- Name three foods the Romans did not have.
- Based on what you learned today, do you think you would enjoy living in Ancient Rome? Why or why not? Ask your family what they think, too.
- How many oculi do you have? How many dentes?
- Can you think of any English words that come from the Latin words for the parts of the body?
- Explain to your family what knucklebones are, and what they were used for in Ancient Rome.
- How did the Romans use games to bring people together? Do you play any games that make you feel closer as a family?
- Why do you think the Romans built so many roads?
- How are the Romans' roads similar to our modern roads?
- Describe the geography of Italy to your family. What would you find there? Hint: Think candy!
- What do you think the people living in the Roman provinces thought of Rome? Do you think they had ever been there? Why or why not?
- Explain to your family what a military standard was. Why were standards important, and what did they represent?
- Pretend you're a Roman general. What would you do to try to be a good leader? What do you think makes a good leader?
- Today we cleaned Roman coins. What kind of person do you think first owned your coin? What might that have used it for?
- Ancient Roman coins and military standards had symbols on them. What kind of symbols do we have today? What do they represent?
- Explain to your parents who Odysseus was and what he was well-known for.
- How did the Romans bathe? How was their way of bathing different from most modern people's?
- If you were a student in Ancient Rome, what would you write on? Would you like to use the Ancient Romans' writing materials? Why or why not?
- Can you and your family think of some places where you have seen modern inscriptions?
PLEASE BRING A KING-SIZED PILLOWCASE TOMORROW! IT WILL BE CUT!
- Explain to your family the differences between frescoes and mosiacs: how are they made and what do they look like?
- Can you think of places where you have seen mosaics in your everyday life?
- Today we saw a lot of pictures of real Roman art. What types of things or people did the Romans put in their art?
- How is Roman art similar to art today? How is it different?
PLEASE BRING IN A SHOEBOX TOMORROW!
- If you lived in Ancient Rome, what would you wear?
- If you saw someone wearing a toga, what information could you figure out about him? Can you think of any modern clothes that might say something about the person wearing them?
- See if your family can you figure out this math problem: II + VI + IX = ____
Help them out if they have trouble! What would be the Latin numbers for these Roman numerals?
PLEASE BRING IN ANY NECESSARY PROP/COSTUME MATERIALS! REMEMBER THE RITUS TERMINALIS (FINAL CEREMONY) IS AT 11:45 AM TOMORROW!
- Explain to your family what the Romans thought the gods ate and drank.
- If you saw a picture of a god or goddess, what in the picture might tell you which god or goddess it was?
- Why do you think they Romans prayed to so many different gods and goddesses? Do you think Roman religion is very different from religion today?
- What was one interesting thing that you learned about the Ancient Romans in LatinSummer? Tell you family what it was, and why you found it so interesting.